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Course Description

No matter what your area of expertise, there is always a need for training and review in the area of radiographic and lab interpretation. Participants will learn the significance of both the normal findings of commonly ordered lab tests, as well as the implications of various abnormalities. This course is loaded with case studies to bring laboratory abnormalities to life. Join us as we demystify the interpretation of both X-rays and lab findings to help you gain the clues you need to provide better care to your patients. Data collection and understanding are important steps in the development of critical thinking. This seminar is meant to enhance the practice of nurses in all clinical areas, from inpatient areas to outpatient practices. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the CBC and differential with respect to infections, viral and bacterial.
  • Use a three-part tool to make interpretation of ABGs fast and easy.
  • Understand the five areas of quick assessment of the chest X-ray and what abnormal findings are indicating.
  • Predict causes of acute renal failure by looking at lab findings and learn causes of each.
  • Calculate the corrected calcium to drive need for intervention.
  • Learn the new lab helping identify those patients at high risk for progressing to severe sepsis. 


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Introduction
  • Untangling the Alphabet Soup of Hematology Studies
  • The Postives and Negative of Electrolyte Studies
  • Minding Your "Pees" and "Q's": Renal Function Tests
  • The CMP = BMP + LFTs
  • Plugging up the Mysteries of Coagulation Studies
  • Case Studies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Introduction
  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation for the ABG Challenged
  • It's All Shades of Gray to ME: Interpreting the Chest X-Ray
  • Labs of Sepsis
  • Cardiac Labs and ECG Interpretation
  • Putting it All Together: Case Studies