Nursing Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests DeMYSTiFied / Edition 1

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Overview

The painless way for nurses to learn laboratory and diagnostic testing!

Nursing Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests Demystified offers a clear, step-by-step blueprint to understanding the laboratory and diagnostic tests most often performed by nurses. You will learn what each test is, why it is ordered, how it is performed, how patients should prepare, how long it takes to get the results, how to interpret the results, and what the nursing implications are. Topics are presented in a logical learn-as-you-go sequence, building on what you’ve learned, and you’ll be able to test your knowledge with chapter-ending questions and a final exam.

Confidently perform:

  • Hematology Tests
  • Electrolytes
  • Liver Tests
  • Glucose Tests
  • Maternity Tests
  • Pregnancy and Genetic Tests
  • Skin Tests
  • Renal Function Tests
  • Ultrasound Scans
  • MRIs
  • Diagnostic Radiologic Tests
  • Cardiovascular Tests
  • And many more

Nursing Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests Demystified is the fastest, easiest, and most enjoyable way to get up to speed on the medical tests nurses must be proficient at.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Maribeth Moran, RN, MSN, CPN, CNE (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: More than 180 different diagnostic tests are discussed with an emphasis on patient education in this book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information about common medical tests in a concise, uncomplicated manner. It is intended to be an easy-to-understand reference with answers to questions that patients commonly ask nurses. For the most part, the book meets these objectives.
Audience: The intended audience appears to be practicing nurses, although that is not entirely clear in the introduction. This book seems to be written for nursing students and perhaps for some practicing nurses, although the information is quite basic.
Features: A unique feature of this book is the layout. Each of the 28 chapters is formatted identically, which makes finding information easy. Patient education sections for each test are highlights. Every chapter includes a post-test of 10 very basic multiple-choice questions, and the book has a final exam at the end. Glaring shortcomings of the book include the complete lack of references and illustrations.
Assessment: There are many diagnostic test reference books for nurses on the market. Nursing: Deciphering Diagnostic Tests (Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 2008) and Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th edition, Pagana and Pagana (Elsevier, 2009), for example, seem to provide much more in-depth, referenced information in a straightforward manner. While this book is a nice attempt at "demystifying" and clarifying complex information about diagnostic tests, it falls short of being a really helpful reference for nurses.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Maribeth Moran, RN, MSN, CPN, CNE(University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: More than 180 different diagnostic tests are discussed with an emphasis on patient education in this book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information about common medical tests in a concise, uncomplicated manner. It is intended to be an easy-to-understand reference with answers to questions that patients commonly ask nurses. For the most part, the book meets these objectives.
Audience: The intended audience appears to be practicing nurses, although that is not entirely clear in the introduction. This book seems to be written for nursing students and perhaps for some practicing nurses, although the information is quite basic.
Features: "A unique feature of this book is the layout. Each of the 28 chapters is formatted identically, which makes finding information easy. Patient education sections for each test are highlights. Every chapter includes a post-test of 10 very basic multiple-choice questions, and the book has a final exam at the end. Glaring shortcomings of the book include the complete lack of references and illustrations. "
Assessment: There are many diagnostic test reference books for nurses on the market. Nursing: Deciphering Diagnostic Tests (Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 2008) and Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th edition, Pagana and Pagana (Elsevier, 2009), for example, seem to provide much more in-depth, referenced information in a straightforward manner. While this book is a nice attempt at "demystifying" and clarifying complex information about diagnostic tests, it falls short of being a really helpful reference for nurses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071623803
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/12/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 629
  • Sales rank: 446,733
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Keogh is a registered nurse and the author of more than 70 books including Nurse Management Demystified, Medical Billing and Coding Demystified, Pharmacology Demystified, Microbiology Demystified, Medical-Surgical Demystified, Medical Charting Demystified, and Dose Calculations Demystified. He is on the faculty of New York University and Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

1. Hematology Tests
2. Electrolytes
3. Arterial Blood Gases Tests
4. Liver Tests
5. Cardiac Enzymes and Markers Tests
6. Serologic Tests
7. Endocrine Tests
8. Glucose Tests
9. Tumor Markers
10. Pregnancy and Genetic Tests
11. Tests for Infection
12. Renal Function Tests
13. Pancreatic and Lipid Metabolism Tests
14. Diagnostic Radiology Tests
15. Computer Tomography Scan
16. Ultrasound Scan
17. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
18. Positron Emission Tomography Scan
19. Cadiovascular Tests and Procedures
20. Lung Tests and Procedures
21. Tests and Procedures for Females
22. Maternity Tests
23. Chest, Abdominal, Urinary Tract Tests and Procedures
24. Bone and Muscle Tests
25. Tests for Males
26. Skin Tests
27. Sinus, Ears, Nose Throat (ENT) Tests and Procedures
28. Vision Tests and Procedures

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