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Mastering Lab Interpretation [20181114]

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November 14, 2018
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Acute Care Education
7200 NE 41st Street
, Suite 206
Vancouver, WA 98662

Program Description

Do you often struggle at understanding lab results? How do the results relate to the differential diagnosis and course of patient treatment? Interpretation of lab data is an essential skill required of nurses working in all practice settings. Through the review of physiology, pathophysiology, and the application of critical thinking skills, you will be able to more easily appreciate how lab tests are integrated in patient care decisions. Applying this knowledge within the clinical setting will lead to improved patient care. Participants will receive downloadable handouts.

Who Should Attend? Registered nurses, students, and other health sciences professionals wishing to acquire skills in interpreting lab results.

Desired Learning Outcome: You will practice skills in lab interpretation.

At the conclusion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between an acute infection and an allergic response using the CBC
  • Summarize how to evaluate the CBC in identifying types of anemia
  • Discuss various uses of the comprehensive metabolic panel to identify specific client conditions
  • Compare cardiac marker studies in the course of treatment for a client with an acute myocardial infarction
  • List five uses for a urinalysis in making a diagnosis
  • Examine the relationship between the international normalization ratio (INR) and prothrombin time (PT) results
  • Determine how culture and sensitivity reports relate to treatment decisions


Program Agenda:

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Registration / Sign In
12:00 pm – 12:10 pm Welcome
12:10 pm – 1:20 pm Demystifying the CBC Differential
1:20 pm – 1:30 pm Break
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Unleashing the Power in the Chemistries, HgA1C, Cardiac Studies
3:00 pm – 3:10 pm Break
3:10 pm – 4:00 pm The Wrap Up: Urinalysis, INR and PT/PTT, Culture and Sensitivities
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Q & A
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Online Evaluations


Diane L. Paulson, Major (Retired Army Nurse Corps), MSN, BSN, RN

Diane joined us after retiring from the Army Nurse Corps in 2006. Her years of service have led her to a variety of clinical and management areas in healthcare. Her most notable assignments were head nurse of the emergency treatment section of 2 deployed Combat Support Hospitals (Kosovo and Kuwait).

Diane holds a Master’s in Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing with an emphasis on emergency services from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She is a certified BLS, PALS, ACLS, TNCC and ENPC instructor.

Diane has been married to her husband, Ken, for over 26 years and has adopted two stray dogs, Kady and Java. She currently enjoys working in a small rural emergency room and taking teaching assignments throughout the Northwest. Her hobbies include gardening, painting and attending craft fairs.

Registration includes: Attendance at program, downloadable program handouts, all day coffee, tea, water, and snacks. Wi-fi is available in the conference center. 

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