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Numeracy Test
All Registered Nurses, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses are
required to demonstrate competence in drug administration (NMC 2007). This
involves making drug calculations ensuring the correct dosage is administered to the
patient/client. At the Pre-Course Day, you will be required to undertake a 30 minute
numeracy test under exam conditions. You may use a calculator. Being unsuccessful
on the test does not mean that you cannot carry on with the course but it does mean
that an area for development has been identified and that you must now take every
opportunity to address the issue. This may mean attending a LISS numeracy support
session, utilising numeracy skills sites on the internet, buying/loaning a book on
numeracy. Below are some examples of the type of question you may be asked in the
Key 1 kilogram=2.2 pounds (lbs) milligram =mg kilogram=kg
mcg= microgram
Convert 0.73 to mcg
Convert 2310 micrograms to mg
A patient needs 90 mgs of medication, the tablets only come in 15mgs-how
many tablets would you give him?
6. A patient weighing 58 kgs is to have 25mg per kg of weight daily. How much
will the patient need in a day?
7. Convert 196 pounds into kilograms