Are science and math skills important to become a nurse and practice nursing?
Definitely! A nurse’s job, along with the rest of the health care team, is to make sure patients are helped to heal and are cared for safely. Daily, nurses use math skills to calculate correct medication dosages or to figure the drip rate for intravenous drugs so that they are administered effectively. Through the study of sciences, such as biology, chemistry, anatomy and pharmacology, a student nurse learns, for example, how and why chemical reactions can trigger physiological reactions. Together, knowledge of science and math prepare a nurse not only with scientific skills, but also teach a nurse how to observe, think critically, and problem-solve. Yes, science and math skills are essential keys to the successful and safe practice of a caring and competent professional nurse.
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