Metric conversions can be a challenge. For a practical illustration of an abstract concept, use a packet of sugar or artificial sweetener. Each packet contains exactly 1 g of sweetener.

I distribute a packet to my students and have them pour it out on the table. They are then instructed to divide the “medication” into various quantities (e.g., 500 mg, 250 mg, 0.125 g, etc). This increases their understanding of these amounts when dealing with medication administration. — Tracey Gillan, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, East Setauket, N.Y.

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