Finally, Know When to Worry (and Not to Worry) About Abnormal Labs
This activity is approved for 8.7 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 20104598. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.
As a primary care nurse practitioner, you get new lab results in EVERY. DAY.
... but you're not quite sure school prepared you for this.
- Did all the review courses, but second guess yourself with everything you think you know.
- Spend hours on your evenings and days off at home researching like crazy to figure out and follow up on abnormal labs, only to still wonder: “where do I go from here?”
- Have all the best resources, but what you need to know is so scattered— it could be an hour before you’ve sifted through them and made a decision for ONE lab (and you’ve got 10 more abnormals to review).
- Feel tired of wasting time watching over-your-head webinars by out-of-touch providers, that just aren’t relevant to your practice in primary care.
- Waffle between managing your patient in-house or referring them out (it feels like you’re referring EVERYONE).
- Lay awake at night ruminating whether you made a big deal out of something small— or worse— missed something big, thinking it was small.
It seems like every provider has a different opinion or threshold for which labs to ignore, recheck, work up, or refer out.
Especially the slightly abnormal ones.
I get it. Because I was you.
I was so overwhelmed by lab results as a new NP that I got a wave of nausea almost every time I opened my laptop.
I’d try to figure it out on my own, hopping from resource to resource, eyes glazing over while I read the same lines again and again.
But the results would stare at me until I finally broke down and asked for help again… getting different answers from different providers.
“In the long run, it’s a minimal investment (both time and money) for your clinical success. I am so thankful for Liz’s time and expertise in creating this. As much as I love UpToDate, I don’t love analyzing all of the dense text. This is a much better option!”
YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
Over the last 4 years, I’ve had the honor of mentoring half a dozen new nurse practitioners as they grow in their new career, but here’s the painful part...
The number one struggle I’ve seen smart, conscientious new nurse practitioners lose sleep over is lab interpretation.
Which is exactly why I wanted to help. I sat down and— collaborating with expert internal medicine, hematology, gastroenterology and nephrology physicians— made a comprehensive but concise, step-by-step approach to interpret all the most common labs in primary care, so you’ll know what ranges to worry about, when to recheck, what to manage in-house and what to refer out (and when— specialist verified!).
Because knowing what to do with a lab result is the difference between spending hours every week pulling your hair out (or consulting Dr. Google)... and spending more time with your family, friends and self-care on your evenings and days off.
Lab Interpretation Crash Course
for New Nurse Practitioners
By the end of this program, you'll be able to look at your labs and know which next steps to take, and why.
The course contains 5 modules for lab interpretation foundations in primary care— CBC, BMP, LFTs, urine dipstick and urinalysis, TSH, Lipid Panels and a brand new Endocrine module.
Each module is designed to help you understand what you're looking at, give clear guidelines to follow, and boost your confidence in your decision-making.
Without any fluff.
"This course should be required by all universities before graduating as NP. It is assumed that we get exposed to labs and learn how to interpret during our clinical rotations but that doesn’t always happen.
CHOOSE THE FORMAT THAT WORKS BEST
Streaming video, audio MP3s & written transcripts
WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE
And revisit as often as you like— you've got lifetime access.
WHEN TO WORRY CHEAT SHEETS
All the "when to worry" values outlined for you for each lab to print out and keep at your desk for quick reference.
A private, supportive, year-round Facebook group with Live Q & As with Liz
While the Lab Interpretation Crash Course isn’t one-on-one mentoring, having feedback and someone to clarify questions is invaluable, which is why there are two ways to work with me during the program:
Monthly live Q&A sessions to clear up any lingering questions, and
The option to submit your lab results for a chance to get live feedback from me, and see just how an experienced NPs thought process works.
“You will not regret taking this class! It’s much better than some pricey classes I took and best part is that you have access to it at all times.”
Welcome to the Lab Crash Course!
MODULE 1: CBC Interpretation
MODULE 2: Liver Function Tests (LFTs), Urinalysis
Module 3: BMP Part 1
Module 4: BMP Part 2, TSH, Cholesterol
Module 5: Endocrine topics in Primary care
I'm sure you have hesitations.
Your time, energy and investments are precious.
I barely have time to breathe—how much time does this take?
Is this evidence-based?
Will it work for me?
Do you offer continuing education hours?
Can I get continuing education hours if I'm certified by ANCC?
The Lab Interpretation Crash Course is for primary care providers only, taking care of non-pregnant adults (no pediatric or OB caveats discussed here).
“If you are having any struggles at all with lab interpretation then do it! Most definitely worth it. I appreciate Liz's quick response time as well as allowing question/answer time.”
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