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Dosage Calculations, 2nd Edition

  • Gloria D. Pickar, EdD, RN
  • Beth Swart
  • Hope Graham
  • Margaret Swedish
  • ISBN-10: 0176502599
  • ISBN-13: 9780176502591
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2008, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

Classroom tested and reviewed, the second Canadian edition draws upon the strengths of a successful first Canadian edition and eight US editions that have together helped over 600,000 faculty and students allay math anxiety and more confidently perform accurate calculations. This text is directed at the student or professional who feels uncomfortable with mathematics and wants to improve their ability to perform accurate drug dosage calculations. As a pioneer Canadian text in the topic of medication calculations, the authors have transcended provincial practices to provide a nation-wide perspective on dosage calculations. The International System (SI) of units is used almost exclusively and medication dosages and drug labels have been vetted with the current Canadian drug data base, so that you, as a beginning professional, will be able to recognize and interpret drug labels and dosages. The importance of avoiding medication errors is also highlighted by the incorporation of applied critical thinking skills, to prepare you for real-life nursing practice situations. This winning combination of Canadian labels, life-size photos and an easy-to-follow three-Step approach to Dosage Calculations, makes this text is a must-have for all Canadian nursing students.


  • Canadian labels and generic drug names to reflect current drugs on the market

  • Reflects current safety recommendations of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices -Canada

  • More than 2050 problems to practice your skills

  • Critical thinking skills are applied to real-life Canadian nursing practice situations

  • All syringes and measuring devices are drawn to full size to provide accurate scale renderings to help you master the measurement and reading of dosages.

  • Photos and drug labels are presented in full colour, and with great visual clarity

About the Author

Gloria D. Pickar, EdD, RN

Gloria D. Pickar, R.N., Ed.D. is President and Chief Academic Officer of Compass Knowledge Group in Orlando, Florida. She is a former Academic Dean at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida, and is among our most successful Delmar authors. In addition to nine editions of DOSAGE CALCULATIONS, the most popular dosage calculation book on the market, she wrote Dosage Calculations: A Ratio Proportion Approach, 3rd Edition.

Beth Swart

Beth Swart A professor at Ryerson since 1972, Beth is involved in curriculum development in the post RN program and the four-year Ryerson, Centennial, George Brown Collaborative Nursing Degree Program. Beth is course leader for the Pathophysiology and Acute and Traumatic Conditions courses in the collaborative program and the Epidemiology and Acute and Traumatic Conditions courses in the post diploma program. As course leader, two primary responsibilities are to ensure quality course delivery and academic integrity. Beth is a leader in creating and using innovative teaching strategies. She was the first to create and facilitate online course delivery as well as develop and teach a hybrid course. She was also the leader in using Personal Response System (clickers) technology in the classroom. Beth is active in publishing. She has written and contributed to articles for Canadian Nurse, has edited two textbooks and written two chapters for a fundamentals book. She has also contributed extensively in providing peer reviews for numerous textbooks. Beth is engaged in two funded pilot research projects as Principle Investigator. As well, in collaboration with the Post diploma team, she is involved in the RPN to BScN pilot project, funded by MOHLTC. Most recently, Beth is involved in Ryerson University/Ontario Telemedicine Joint Collaborative 30 Month Post-Diploma Program for Registered Nurses, a delivery modality to reach small and rural communities.

Hope Graham

Hope Graham completed her Master of Nursing degree at Dalhousie University in 1985. She has worked in Sierra Leone and in Canada's Arctic where she planned and coordinated immunization clinics, under-five clinics and well women clinics. She lived in Haiti for 13 weeks as part of her undergraduate degree program, an experience that included a half trimester of study while living with a national family, and a half trimester of nursing on La Gonave Island. Hope volunteered for ten years as an RN and member of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Red Door (a charitable Adolescent Health and Support Centre) in Kentville, NS. Hope is an Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. She is also a licensed glider pilot instructor and Chair of the Bluenose Soaring Club in Stanley, NS.

Margaret Swedish

Margaret Swedish is based at MacEwan in Edmonton and has taught the Dosage Calculations course for over 10 years.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fractions and Decimals
Chapter 2: Ratios and Percents
Chapter 3: Systems of Measurement
Chapter 4: Calculation Methods Used in Determining Drug Dosages
Chapter 5: Equipment Used in Dosage Measurement
Chapter 6: Interpreting Drug Orders
Chapter 7: Understanding Drug Labels
Chapter 8: Oral Dosage of Drugs
Chapter 9: Parenteral Dosage of Drugs
Chapter 10: Reconstitution of Solutions
Chapter 11: Pediatric and Adult Dosages Based on Body Weight
Chapter 12: Intravenous Solutions Equipment and Calculations
Chapter 13: Body Surface Area and Advanced Pediatric Calculations
Chapter 14: Advanced Adult Intravenous

Essential Skills Evaluation
Comprehensive Skills Evaluation
Appendices (A-D)

New to this edition

  • Updated labels and revised questions
  • “Rule” boxes revised to “Rationale for practice” to better reflect nursing practice
  • An increase in generic and trade names drug labels
  • Photos and illustrations have been updated, with an emphasis on labels
  • Student tutorials have been moved to the web for easier student access (previously a CD ROM)


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD for Dosasge Calculations  (ISBN-10: 0176616845 | ISBN-13: 9780176616847)