Math Education for Nurses: Task Force

Dear Colleagues, 

With thanks to the members of the Math Education for Nurses Task Force for your ideas and input, I’m pleased to share our first project newsletter.

We are delighted you are joining in the important work of improving mathematics and quantitative education to strengthen nursing practice and safety. Our first issue includes updates from this year’s conference workshops and presentations as well as announcements and reminders about upcoming activities.

Please reach out with any questions—and don’t forget to encourage your colleagues to join the Task Force!
Rebecca Hartzler
Manager, Higher Education Advocacy
The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin

QSEN International Forum

In Spring 2018, leaders of the Mathematics Education for Nurses project attended the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) International Forum Oceans of Opportunity: Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Quality and Safety in Education and Practice.  

Leaders hosted a preconference workshop that focused on integrating best practices from the literatures for both mathematics education and nursing education.

In one preconference talk, “Mathematics Education and Nursing: Current Issues and Challenges,” two professors from the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences—Anna Wendel, assistant professor of nursing, and Daniel Ozimek, assistant professor of mathematics, led participants in a discussion of mathematical competencies for nurses and the ways in which assessments can be modified to align with those competencies.

While the discussion focused heavily on calculating dosages of medications, participants also explored concepts of probability, statistics, and proportional reasoning and how nurses apply these concepts in practice. Download the slides.

In a concurrent session—”Call to Action: Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning for Safe Patient Care”—John Clochesy, now vice dean and professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, provided an overview of the struggles involved in teaching mathematics for nurses. Download the slides.

We were also pleased to present our poster, “High-Quality Mathematical Preparation and Quantitative Reasoning for Nurses,” which provides a brief overview of the collaboration between QSEN, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).  

The poster also includes two examples of how mathematics tasks can be modified to explicitly connect the mathematical concepts to artifacts and thought processes that nurses might experience in practice. See the poster here.

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