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Working The Numbers ( Archived)

Working The Numbers

Interpretation of Laboratory Tests

IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.

Course Description

This self-instructional program is designed to help you better understand the various implications of laboratory diagnostic tests and apply the results to the care of your patients and clients. Even though we rely on laboratory results, sometimes our understanding of how to interpret the meaning contained within the numbers lags behind. You become empowered when you learn to “read” the test results. This course meets the Florida Board of Acupuncture ‘Biomedical Science’ requirement.

Purpose and Objectives

At the conclusion of the program you will be able to:

  • Define the patient’s concern in laboratory analysis.
  • Interpret the pathophysiology reflected in the CBC.
  • Understand the use of hematologic studies including the reticulocyte count, the sedimentation rate, the mean corpuscular values, and the red cell indices.
  • Recognize the value of urine analysis on the unit and in the laboratory.
  • Recognize information given on an electrolyte survey that requires intervention.
  • Relate the serum creatinine, creatinine clearance, and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) to kidney functioning.
  • Become aware of the lab tests used to study liver function.

About the Author

Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD

Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.

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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.

Board Approval Information

Working The Numbers
Interpretation of Laboratory Tests

Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, Provider No. 61; the Florida Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Acupuncture, Provider No 50-435; the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider NO. 50-435; the District of Columbia Board of Nursing; and the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422. The Course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.


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