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Lab Values

Hey everyone!

Snow day is over and it’s back to the nurse-y posts. At least for a little while…

Anyways, this has saved my life in clinicals. My coassigned on the oncology floor showed it to me and I haven’t taken a second glance back since.
Apparently, this is the way MDs write lab values, which I had never seen/heard of before. It’s called different things including fish scales and a basic lab values worksheet. There may be other ways to write it, but this is how I learned it. I looked up some samples online and the consensus seems to be the same.
Hopefully this will be helpful to someone else down the road!

This is a chem 7 basic metabolic panel.

So you’ve got:
Sodium, Chloride, BUN
Potasium, Bicarb, Creatine
with Glucose.

And then for your CBC stuff:

White Blood Cells

I love it. And, as mentioned in the comments section on a previous post, I like to put the abnormals in red. It makes it real simple. Anything else I need to add (calcium occasionally…) I put on the side, but this usually keeps me covered.



Week Two.

Well, week two is done and gone and I’m happy and sleepy. We finished with history and the nursing process and are moving right along into actual skills material. We learned our vital signs and head to toe assessments along with documentation and reporting. Our first lab is Tuesday and I’m super excited to go in and wear my super-cool lab coat. Heck yes! Until then, I will be reading and reading and reading. My homework is all done minus the diabetes article I have to look up tomorrow at work. I just need to get through tomorrow and then I can sleep and sleep. Went to the mall yesterday with AC and SG though. That was really fun and relaxing and not school related…just what I needed! What I need now? Some quality time with Isaac which will happen Monday night more than likely. Thanks Mom for teaching me how to take a manual blood pressure. Hooray!