Hi, everyone! I am so excited to share this awesome resource. I wish that I knew about it about it earlier in my career. This amazing book is entitled Bakerman’s ABCs of Interpretive Laboratory Data. I must say, it is a bit pricey ($49.40+shipping), but you will use this book for years. As a new family nurse practitioner practicing in a rural community, I rely on this great resource to get me through the day. For example, I had a patient with a possible diagnosis of Lyme disease, and that is not a typical lab that I order every day. So, I looked at my handy laboratory manual. With the turn of a page, it provided me with a succinct and clear guide. For example, it presented a discussion regarding problems associated with serological testing, guidelines for testing, and interpretation of the results.
As clinicians and healthcare providers, it is vital that we provide quality comprehensive healthcare based on evidence-based practice. Without question, I’m certain that this resource is fundamental to anyone at any level of nursing practice. For example, the nursing student can use this book as a supplemental tool while the nurse and APRN may use this guide to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Let me be clear, I love lab apps because they’re easily accessible. However, they lack the necessary literature required to make a prudent diagnosis. Therefore, I rely on my knowledge and reliable resources like Bakerman’s ABC’s of Interpretative Laboratory Data as a way of ensuring that I am providing quality, comprehensive care to my patients. I posted a link below if you are interested in purchasing this book. I can assure you that you won’t regret this investment.
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