Please help with lab values!!!

  1. 2nd semester 1st year. Am I the only nursing student that is having problems remembering lab values and their significance? My clinical instructor slams me almost every clinical, either pre or post conference. I can not seem to grasp this stuff. Is there anyone out there that has any kind of ideas that may help me? Please, please, please, ya'll help!!! Thanks, Dee Dee

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  3. by   l.rae
    hopefully your clinicals and seeing pt's with problems r/t abnormal labs will drive this home for's hard.....but let me tell you, my boards was FULL of lab value related questions....try post cards....always worked for me....good luck......LR
  4. by   TeresaRN2b
    I just got the book, Diagnostic Tests Made Incrediby Easy. (I bought mine at Amazon, but I am sure you can find it elsewhere.) I have only read through parts of it, but I really like it. It explains the tests and what they are for. It has been really helpful to me. I hope that helps.
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    for me, potassium, bicarb, na, is easier to remeber than the others. i believe it will help to just keep a "general" idea of the norms because the values range from facility to facility.

    see if you can find "rn notes", it is a good resource that comes compact with interventions to drug calculations.

    all the best to you
  6. by   deedee05
    Thanks for your ideas, hopefully they will help. This is much harder than I ever thought it would be. Everyone that makes it through and passes boards should be VERY proud!!