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.
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 4 modules for lab interpretation foundations in primary care— CBC, BMP, LFTs, urine dipstick and urinalysis, TSH and Lipid Panels.
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.
CHOOSE THE FORMAT THAT WORKS BEST
Streaming video or audio MP3s (written transcripts coming soon)
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 6-week, private Facebook group with weekly 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:
Weekly 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.
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?
I totally get it. Each module is around 1.5-2 hours of content, broken into smaller videos between 6-20 minutes long (some topics and weeks are heavier than others). Some ways to fit it in: wake up an extra 30 minutes early 4 days a week, or set aside 1-2 hours on the weekend to speed through it. It’s extra time now, but it’ll save you HOURS PER WEEK once you’re through.
Is this evidence-based?
Everything in the course is based on the highest available levels of evidence, and if it’s expert-opinion level (if that’s all there is), I’m clear about that, and you can come to your own conclusions based on the information I’ve shared.
Will it work for me?
This is perfect for you if you’re a new grad in primary care OR if you’ve been in practice a few years. I learned a TON through putting it together and having conversations with multiple specialists (asking the questions you may feel too embarrassed to ask!). Learning medicine is never an overnight fix, but if you complete each lecture, show up for the live sessions, reach out for help when you need it, use the quick references when you have questions in clinic— you’re going to get the head-start I wish I had as a new grad (that took me almost 4 years to get to).
Do you offer CEUs?
Not yet. If there's enough interest, once the course is refined with your feedback, I'll get it accredited later in 2020.
When will this be offered again?
No specific dates yet, but sometime in Summer 2020.