You’re on the telemetry floor, caring for a patient after a CABG surgery, he has type 2 diabetes and has history of non-compliance with his diet and alcohol restrictions.
He has been stable the last two days you’ve treated him, but today he seems to be going downhill.
You decide to call the MD treating him.
You explain that your patient has had a cognitive decline since the start of the shift.
The MD can’t get to a computer right now and asks:
“How are his vitals?”
“How much insulin did you give him with lunch?”
6 units, per the sliding scale. His blood glucose was 190 and he ate lunch.
“How are his labs today?”
You scroll through the screen and start reading off all the abnormal labs.
There are a lot of them.
The MD interrupts you.
“Pertinent labs only, please.”
You don’t know where to start…
If you can’t quickly comprehend and react to your patient’s specific lab values, then you aren’t able to care for them at the highest level.
It’s like an pilot flying an airplane – they can know a bit about what’s going on from just watching and feeling, but they have to RELY on the information and data they’re getting from the instrument panel and radar, or they could be quickly getting the plane into a very dangerous and deadly situation.
Just by looking at a few of the more common lab values, you should be instantly able to know…
What’s Going on
Inside your Patient…
If The Medications Are
Working or Not…
One of their Organs are Failing and
You Need Help NOW!
By Knowing and deeply understanding lab values is the best way to become a psychic nurse, and respond to your patient’s problems before they’re life threatening.
By Not Knowing them, you are putting your patient’s life in unnecessary risk, by “flying blind” while taking care of them.
By just hearing and regurgitating the information, you might be able to get the answers correct on a test the next week, but what about 15 years later, after 10 hours down on a 12 hour shift? Will the normal BUN range just pop into your head?
The main problem with nursing school is that the just throw a lot of information at you really fast, and hope that you can soak it all up enough to regurgitate it for a test the next week.
They primarily rely on only spoken lectures to convey the information, which is alright if you’re an auditory learner, but for everyone else… it can be rough.
We teach the material differently. We teach by using the 3 main sensory preferences that people have.
All of our lectures are video combined with audio, so we talk you through each and every one of the topics.
While talking through the lecture, we constantly use diagrams, lists, and easily-digestible graphics and drawings so you can see what’s going on.
Lastly, we make you do it! What good is the knowledge if you can’t apply it? We have included many quizzes, worksheets and cheat sheets that make you work things out on your own.
We made these lectures as comprehensive yet concise as possible, to go through exactly what you need to know, but not excessive amounts. Each lecture is broken down into 1 specific subject, each being around 4-10 minutes in length.
This way, if you need to find something, or brush up on a specific subject, the video is easy to find, and you’ll be able to get the information you need quickly.
We also know that just watching and listening to lectures won’t make you a lab values expert. That’s why we created a plethora of additional handouts, that will give you the leg up you need to master labs.
Cheatsheets – One of the easiest ways to learn the more complex subjects is by simplifying things down into memorable chunks that you can learn and look back on often. That’s why we created a ton of cheatsheets that you can download, store on your phone, or print to keep with your study materials.
Worksheets – You can only learn so much by watching, so we make you do all of the labs and calculations in a number of worksheets that we’ve created specifically for this course.
Case Studies – What good is a academic understanding of lab values if you don’t know how they actually work in the real world, and the effect they will have on your patients? We’ll go through a number of case studies with real-life situations, to show how lab values will ACTUALLY come into play in your job.
Just because we’re not your nursing school doesn’t mean we won’t be quizzing you! In all honesty, these quizzes are not for additional punishment – they are to track how well you’re picking up and retaining the information, so YOU know where you stand in your knowledge and abilities.
We’ve put quizzes throughout the course that will quiz you on every subject matter, and spit out a grade for how well you’re doing for that subject. You can go back and retake these quizzes an unlimited number of times until you feel confident in your abilities.
If for whatever reason you aren’t head-over-heels 100% pleased with MedMaster within 30 days just let us know and we will give you a full refund . . . no questions asked! We believe and stand by our material so much, we doubt you’ll ever need to, but rest assured that you will be able to!