Dosage Calculations A Multi-Method Approach

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Edition: 2nd
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Pub. Date: 2017-08-28
Publisher(s): Pearson
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For courses in Dosage Calculation and use across the Nursing curriculum.

Basic dosage calculation and administration for nurses
Dosage Calculations: A Multi-Method Approach helps students develop the dosage calculation skills they need to administer medications safely and accurately in clinical settings. Using plain language, problem examples, and practice opportunities, the text aims to reduce the anxiety many nursing students express about math. It covers three dosage calculation methods–dimensional analysis, ratio and proportion, and formula. Illustrated examples walk students through dosage problems step by step, using all three methods and often comparing approaches side by side. The content progresses from simple math topics to complex applications for calculating and administering a range of medications.

The updated 2nd edition delivers the most up-to-date standards for dosage calculation. It draws on safety recommendations of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals, the Institute for Safe Medical Practice, and the CDC’s One and Only Campaign.

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Author Biography

Anthony Giangrasso, PhD, was born and raised in Maspeth, New York. He attended Rice High School on a scholarship and, in his senior year, was named in an annual citywide contest by the New York Journal-American newspaper as New York City's most outstanding high school scholar-athlete. He was also awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Iona College, from which he obtained a BA in mathematics, magna cum laude, ranking sixth in his graduating class of approximately 600 students.

Anthony began his teaching career as a fifth-grade teacher in Manhattan, as a member of the Christian Brothers of Ireland, and taught high school mathematics and physics in Harlem and Newark, New Jersey. He holds an MS and PhD from New York University and has taught at all levels, from elementary through graduate school. He is currently teaching at Adelphi University and LaGuardia Community College, where he was chairman of the mathematics department. He has authored nine college textbooks through twenty-six editions.

Anthony’s community service has included membership on the boards of directors of the Polish-American Museum Foundation, Catholic Adoptive Parents Association, and Family Focus Adoptive Services. He was the founding Chairman of the Board of the Italian-American Legal Defense and Higher Education Fund, Inc., and the president of the Italian-American Faculty Association of the City University of New York–in the latter capacity he signed the first discrimination complaint filed with the United States Department of Labor in which Italian-Americans were recognized as a “class.” This class-action complaint eventually resulted in the threat of twenty separate lawsuits by the U.S. Department of Labor individually against each of the branches of CUNY. The complaint was later dropped as part of a settlement of a separate suit in which CUNY was forced to defend itself in federal court before Judge Constance Baker Motley, where Anthony was the first witness. As part of the ensuing settlement of that case, CUNY was ordered to pay all legal fees and correct some past injustices.

He and his wife, Susan, are proud parents of Anthony, Michael, and Jennifer–and grandparents of Calvin, Jackson, Isabel, and Emilia. He enjoys tennis and twice has been ranked #1 for his age group in the Eastern Section by the United States Tennis Association.

Dolores Donahue Shrimpton, MA, RN, is Professor emerita of Nursing at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), where she was Chairperson of the department for thirteen years. She received a diploma in nursing from Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing, a BS from C.W. Post College, an MA in nursing administration from New York University, and a post-Master’s certificate in nursing education from Adelphi University. She is a member of the Upsilon and Mu Upsilson Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau. She has taught a wide variety of courses in practical nursing, diploma, and associate degree nursing programs. She has authored three college nursing books through eight editions.

Dolores has held many leadership positions in nursing, including Board Member, Vice-President, and President of the NYS Associate Degree Nursing Council. She was the Co-Chair of the CUNY Nursing Discipline Council, and Member of the Board of Directors and Co-President of the Brooklyn Nursing Partnership. She has served on a number of Advisory Boards of LPN, associate degree, and baccalaureate degree nursing programs. She is a recipient of the Presidential Award in Nursing Leadership from the Nurses Association of Long Island (NACLI) as well as of the Mu Upsilon award for Excellence in Nursing Education and Excellence in Nursing Leadership. She has also been recognized for her commitment to nursing by the Brooklyn Nursing Partnership.

Dolores lives in Rockville Centre, New York, and enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren, Brooke Elizabeth, Paige Dolores, Jack Paul, and their parents, Kim and Shawn. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family in Harwich Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents


1. Review of Arithmetic for Dosage Calculations

2. Safe and Accurate Medication Administration

3. Dimensional Analysis and Ratio & Proportion


4. The Household and Metric Systems

5. Converting from One System of Measurement to Another


6. Oral Medications

7. Syringes

8. Solutions

9. Parenteral Medications


10. Flow Rates and Durations of Enteral and Intravenous Infusions

11. Flow Rates and Dosage Rates for Intravenous Medications

12. Pediatric Dosages

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