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Dosage Calculations, 4th Edition

  • Gloria D. Pickar, EdD, RN
  • Beth Swart
  • Amy Pickar Abernethy, MD
  • Margaret Swedish
  • Hope Graham
  • ISBN-10: 0176657150
  • ISBN-13: 9780176657154
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2012, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Dosage Calculations, is the best-selling Dosage Calculation text in the Canadian market. This has been designed to help students or professionals who feel uncomfortable with mathematics and want to improve their ability to perform accurate drug dosage calculations. It features a three-step approach to basic and advanced Formula Method calculations that nursing and other health care professionals prefer, along with a reader-friendly writing style and handy "work text" format. Color photos of actual medication labels and full-size syringes add realistic dimension to the readings, while the MindTap online resource provides tutorials, animations, gradable homework and more than 1,000 extra practice problems to help readers test their knowledge of the material.


  • Dosage Calculation Methods: numerous examples demonstrate the formula method of calculating dosages. The dimensional analysis and ratio–proportion methods are included, giving instructors and students a choice of which method to use in calculating dosages.

  • More than 1200 problems reflecting current drugs and protocols are included for learners to practice their skills and reinforce their learning.

  • The math review brings learners up to the required level of basic math competence. Throughout the text, Math Tips point out math shortcuts and reminders.

  • Canadian labels of current and commonly prescribed medications are included to help users learn how to select the proper information required to determine the correct dosage. More than 200 labels have been used in this text. The author and publisher have made every effort to include only labels in use today.

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.

Amy Pickar Abernethy, MD

Amy Pickar Abernethy, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Margaret Swedish

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

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.

Table of Contents

Section One: Mathematics Review
Chapter 1: Fractions and Decimals
Chapter 2: Ratios and Percents
Chapter 3: Systems of Measurement
Chapter 4: Calculation Methods Used in Determining Drug Dosages
Section One Self-Evaluation

Section Two: Measurement Systems, Drug Orders, and Drug Labels
Chapter 5: Equipment Used in Dosage Measurement
Chapter 6: Interpreting Drug Orders
Chapter 7: Drug Labels
Section Two Self-Evaluation

Section Three: Drug Dosage Calculations
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
Section Three Self-Evaluation

Section Four: Advanced Calculations
Chapter 12: Intravenous Solutions, Equipment, and Calculations
Chapter 13: Body Surface Area and Advanced Pediatric Calculations
Chapter 14: Advanced Adult Intravenous Calculations
Section Four Self-Evaluation

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

New to this edition

  • The MindTap online resource includes tutorials by chapter, quizzing by chapter, animations, glossary with pronunciation of terms and medications. As well, the MindTap will include a basic math pretest and a comprehensive test.
  • Updated coverage of medial administration record exercises (MAR) to include topics such as C. difficile and sepsis
  • Issue of administering drugs with multiple pumps addressed.
  • New to the 4th edition is a “NCLEX-Type question” box at the end of Chapters 5-14 to help students get used to this testing style. IN each box, students will be presented with how a multiple-choice question would appear traditionally, then how it would be rewritten in NCLEX style.
  • Answers and Selected Solutions to Review sets have moved from the end-of-text Answers section to the end of each chapter. This allows students a quicker check when they complete the review sets, and facilitate a modular approach.
  • Answers to Practice Problems, and Answers to Clinical Reasoning problems appear in the Answers section at the end of the text.


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

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