Journal of Professional Nursing

A Success Story in Nursing Maths Education 

Cap Jacobs, BA, MS, PhD 

Susan Jacobs, RCN, BSN, MA, Hawke’s Bay Polytechnic 

Reference:  Jacobs, C., Jacobs, S. (1989).  A Success Story in Nursing Maths Education. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 5(2), 19-22.


Nursing education in New Zealand today is faced with the same problem as much of tertiary education in general – a large proportion of the incoming students are seriously deficient in basic maths skills.  This paper describes the performance of two comparable groups of first-year Comprehensive Nursing students at Hawke’s Bay polytechnic, showing how a few, relatively simple changes resulted in a dramatic improvement in the mastery of basic maths skills.

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