BSN 4416 – LA 3

We will be doing a research proposal through a website within this course.  In our previous research course, we both had different topics of focus that included diabetes and mental health.  Due to our personal lived experiences after all of the numeracy stress that had just occurred, we wanted to further know how others, who are in a similar situation, felt and how this made them perceive themselves as a future nurse.

After completing some research on this topic, we discovered that one article said the students had anxiety, therefore had decreased performance during the tests, which in turn affects their perception of themselves (Røykenes-Smith & Larsen, 2014).  Another article talks about how it is important that the teachers need to be understanding of what the students are going through and the students self-perceptions and how it may be affecting their test results (Røykenes-Smith, 2016). It also concludes on how students and teachers should be connecting so that these self-perceptions can be made aware before a numeracy test is written.  Through our own personal experiences, we know that math is important, but it does not make or break how good of a nurse that student will be in the future.  The pressure that these high expectations have on these nursing students can lead to low self-perceptions and anxiety, leading those teachers to believe that these students don’t know the math, but in turn may very well know what they are doing.

We know that further research needs to be completed on the subject of whether these tests are effective on nurse’s future practice and how it in turn affects their self-perceptions. This in turn lead us to developing our purpose statement.  Our purpose for this project is to determine the lived experience of fourth year nursing students post numeracy examinations.


Røykenes, K. (2016). Learning and teaching in clinical practice: “My math and me”: Nursing students’ previous experiences in learning mathematics. Nurse Education in Practice16, 1–7.

Røykenes, K., Smith, K., & Larsen, T. M. B. (2014). ‘It is the situation that makes it difficult’: Experiences of nursing students faced with a high-stakes drug calculation test. Nurse Education in Practice14, 350–356.



2 thoughts on “BSN 4416 – LA 3

  1. Excellent topic and choice of an image. For the plan you need to draw on literature instead of your experience, but it is great that you put that in your blog. Is there any data on how the variables you mentioned risk patent safety? I think that linking the rationale behind numeracy testing to a potential opposing effect is a great way to introduce the topic. Since there are two of you, maybe there is an opportunity for a mixed methods study … would you mind looking at tools to measure anxiety (and maybe confidence)? Have you come across a relevant theory? I know I am jumping ahead here. Have you connected to any researchers who (with your permission) can do the study in the future? An idea may be to present it at a staff meeting for your project. Ok, I am getting a little carried away here. Your qualitative focus is also fine for the course. Another idea: Is there enough research to do (and maybe publish) a literature review? The participation rubric asks for more literature use than you have here.


  2. I think you need to think about how what you want to find out (your outcomes) are tied to the tools you are measuring. I am sure you can develop a quantitative survey that can gather both demographic and stress data, and perhaps compare that to self-reported numeracy questions. I am sure there are many validated tools that do exactly this, and I am sure your research could lead to new ways to manage and think about the stress nursing students experience. I think the research idea is great and will lead to positive benefits for participants and others.


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