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Foundation Numeracy Assessment (FNA)

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The Foundation Numeracy Assessment (FNA) is used to assess the essential foundation numeracy skills that underpin medication dosage calculation problem-solving (See Safety in Numbers 2). Figure 1 illustrates an example from the FNA:

  1. Each MCQ: presents a foundation numeracy question within one of five essential numerical domains: division, multiplication, conversion of fractions to decimal equivalents, multiple computations and conversion of SI units;
  2. Presents the correct answer;
  3. Presents the three most common arithmetical operation and computation errors manifested by samples of prospective/undergraduate nursing students from the UK and USA population;
  4. Presents a dont knowoption. It is essential in diagnostic assessments that students who manifest misconceptions are not forced into guessing as this weakens the validity of the assessment.

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