Basic Math for Nursing and Allied Health

By: Alice J. Brown, Lynn M. Egler
Lynn Egler, Kathryn A. Booth, Denise Propes


Don't let your fear of math hold you back from a rewarding career in nursing or allied health!

Basic Math for Nursing and Allied Health uses an easy-to-understand building-block approach designed to teach you how to correlate basic math concepts with everyday activities and eventually master the more complex calculations and formulas used by nursing and allied health professionals. This unique text walks you through essential math topics from Arabic and Roman numerals, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentage, ratios and proportions, to conversion factors between household and metric measurements.

Case studies used throughout the book not only demonstrate the mathematical concepts related to everyday activities and events, but also show you how to effectively use case studies to master the art of interpreting story problems. Basic Math for Nursing and Allied Health is written by an author team with extensive experience in many different healthcare fields including: pharmacy technology, medical assisting, nursing, emergency medical technology, anesthesia technology, patient care technology, and laboratory technology, as well as allied health instruction and education.

Powerful learning aids help you understand and retain key concepts:

  • "Recipes for Success" case study scenarios show how mathematical concepts and formulas can be applied to real-life situations
  • "Manual Math" tips and reminder boxes reinforce your confidence and knowledge
  • Key Terms provides definitions of must-know words and phrases
  • Chapter Openers and Chapter Summaries pinpoint must-know takeaways of each chapter
  • Practice equations after each concept sharpen your math skills
  • End-of-Chapter practice tests help you decide whether you should progress to the next chapter
  • Comprehensive review and final exam pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses

About the Author

Lynn M. Egler, BS (Health Science), RMA, AHI, CPhT, has worked in the health care and education fields across the country for the past 30 years. She served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and Emergency Medical Technician during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Mrs. Egler’s health care experience also includes emergency department, endoscopy, anesthesia and recover, hospital pediatrics and maternal health, hospital laboratory, family practice, and retail pharmacy. As a dedicated educator, she has held the positions of Medical Programs Coordinator, Medical Assistant and Medical Office Specialist Program Director, Medical Assistant Education Chair, Allied Health Instructor, Externship Coordinator, American Heart Association CPR Instructor and Training Center Faculty, and Curriculum Content Specialist for college accreditation visits with the Accreditation Counsel for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). Mrs. Egler has developed and standardized multiple curricula for thirteen college campuses across five states, including medical assisting, medical office administration, dental assisting, surgical technician, and pharmacy technician programs. She has authored educational materials and textbooks with McGraw-Hill Higher Education and McGraw-Hill Professional.

Denise J. Propes, CPhT, has actively worked in the pharmacy profession for 30 years. She spent many years as a pharmacy technician in various retail settings before moving on to a hospital pharmacy environment. Ms. Propes is an active member of multiple pharmacy and health care organizations and associations. Ms. Propes has authored and presented educational materials at national pharmacy conferences. She has held the positions of Allied Health Instructor and Pharmacy Technician Instructor. Ms. Propes has taught medical terminology, allied health math, and pharmacy technician courses at institutions throughout Michigan. Ms. Propes has assisted in implementing and instructing the pharmacy operations laboratory section of a health-system pharmacy course at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy for the past 3 years. She has reviewed and updated pharmacy educational documents for several organizations and companies, and has co-authored textbooks for McGraw Hill Professional. Ms. Propes is currently employed at the University of Michigan Medical Center as the Lead Pharmacy Technician in the Research Pharmacy. She also teaches Pharmacy Technician education classes for the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) Technical Center Adult Learning Services Program.

Alice J. Brown, RN, has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She began her nursing career in New Jersey. As a military spouse, Alice J. Brown has worked in several states as well as a US territory. She has extensive experience in emergency and trauma nursing. Alice J. Brown’s additional areas of experience include cardiac care, intensive care, orthopedics, oncology, outpatient surgery, and gastroenterology. She has also practiced as a Medical Officer on Holland America cruise lines.