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Use of Low-fidelity Simulation within a Medication Calculation Nursing Course to Enhance Students' Understanding of Accuracy

Video Author: Melissa Baginski, MSN
Published on: 05.12.2017
Associated with: Nurse Educator. 42(3):110-111, May/June 2017

The authors created a medication calculation simulation for their prelicensure students to provide the opportunity for dosage calculation practice with authentic circumstances, foster an enhanced perspective of the importance of accuracy required for calculating dosages, and improve dosage calculation accuracy itself. For authenticity, they prepared each patient in the simulation to appear as lifelike as possible, having personal possessions at the bedside and therapies such as oxygen, IVs, casts, and wound dressings. Watch this video (and read the article) to learn how to prepare this simulation on medication calculation.

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