Finally, Know When to Worry (and Not to Worry) About Abnormal Labs

As a primary care nurse practitioner, you get new lab results coming in EVERY. DAY.

...but you’re not quite sure school prepared you for this.


  • Did all the review courses, but you’re second guessing yourself with everything you think you know.

  • Spend hours on your evenings and days off at home researching like crazy to figure out and follow up on abnormal labs, only to still wonder: “where do I go from here?”

  • Have all the best resources, but it could be an hour before you’ve sifted through them all and made a decision on ONE lab (and you’ve got 10 more abnormals to review).

  • Feel tired of wasting your time watching over-your-head webinars by out-of-touch providers, that just aren’t relevant to your practice in primary care.

  • Waffle between managing your patient in-house or referring them out (it feels like you’re referring EVERYONE).

  • Lay awake at night ruminating whether you made a big deal out of something small— or worse— missed something big, thinking it was small.

What's Worse...

It seems like every provider has a different opinion or threshold for which labs to ignore, recheck, work up, or refer out.

Especially the slightly abnormal ones.

I get it. Because I was you.

I was so overwhelmed by lab results as a new NP that I got a wave of nausea almost every time I opened my laptop. I’d try to figure it out on my own, hopping from resource to resource, eyes glazing over while I read the same lines again and again. But the results would stare at me until I finally broke down and asked for help again… getting different answers from different providers.


Over the last 4 years, I’ve had the honor of mentoring half a dozen new nurse practitioners as they grow in their new career, but here’s the painful part...

The number one struggle I’ve seen smart, conscientious new nurse practitioners lose sleep over is lab interpretation.

Which is exactly why I wanted to help. I sat down and created a comprehensive but concise, step-by-step approach to interpret all the most common labs in primary care so you’ll know what ranges to worry about, when to recheck, what to manage in-house and what to refer out (and when specialist verified!).

Because knowing what to do with a lab result is the difference between spending hours every week pulling your hair out (or searching Dr. Google)... and spending more time with your family on your evenings and days off.

Introducing the...

Lab Interpretation Crash Course for New Nurse Practitioners

By the end of this program, you'll be able to look at your labs and know which next steps to take, and why.

The course contains 5 modules for lab interpretation foundations in primary care.

Each module is designed to help you understand what you're looking at, give clear guidelines to follow, and boost your confidence in your decision-making.

Without any fluff.

"This is some of the best money I've spent!!"

"Liz- You're amazing! I'm enrolled in your lab interpretation crash course. I am 9 months out in family practice and until I found you I spent endless hours researching patient labs (repeatedly). Some of the material has reinforced what I've learned and I've learned a ton of new information as well. I am finding that some of the NPs that have been practicing for much much longer are coming to me for help with labs. This knowledge is invaluable! Thank you so much!! This is some of the best money I've spent!!" - Sarah B., NP

What's Inside


    Streaming video or audio downloads, including private podcast channel with all audio contents for easy listening on-the-go (written transcripts coming soon).


    And revisit as often as you'd like —you've got lifetime access.


    All the "when to worry" values outlined for you for each lab to print out and keep at your desk for quick reference.


A private, supportive Facebook group with Live Q & As with Liz - open year-round

While the Lab Interpretation Crash Course isn’t one-on-one mentoring, having feedback and someone to clarify questions is invaluable, which is why there are two ways to work with me during the program: monthly live Q&A sessions to clear up any lingering questions and the option to submit your lab results for a chance to get live feedback from me, and see just how an experienced NPs thought process works.

Course curriculum

CBC, LFTs, BMP, UA, TSH, Lipid interpretation, Endocrine Labs in Primary Care

  • 1

    Welcome to the Lab Interpretation Crash Course for New Nurse Practitioners!

    • Welcome & Foundations of Lab Interpretation

    • Super Important Welcome Notes

    • Schedule of Monthly Live Q&As

  • 2

    Module 1: CBC Interpretation

    • START HERE: Downloads to prepare for Module 1: CBC

    • Lesson 01: CBC Foundations

    • Lesson 02: High White Blood Cells (Leukocytosis)

    • Lesson 03: Low White Blood Cells (Leukopenia)

    • Lesson 04: Low Red Blood Cells (Anemia)

    • Lesson 05: High Hematocrit and Hemoglobin (Polycythemia)

    • Lesson 06: High and Low Platelets (Thrombocytosis & Thrombocytopenia)

    • FAQs Module 1: CBCs - updated 9/8/2020

    • Anemia of CKD Handout - UPDATED 2/6/2020

  • 3

    Module 2: Liver Function Tests (LFTs) & Urinalysis

    • START HERE: Downloads to prepare for Module 2: LFTs & UA

    • Lesson 01: LFT Foundations

    • Lesson 02: ALT & AST

    • Lesson 03: Alkaline Phosphatase

    • Lesson 04: Bilirubin

    • Lesson 05: Albumin & Protein

    • Lesson 06: Urine Dipstick, Urinalysis and Microscopy

    • FAQs Module 2: LFTs & UA - updated 9/8/2020

  • 4

    Module 3: BMP Part 1

    • START HERE: Downloads to prepare for Module 3: BMP Part 1

    • Lesson 01: BUN, Creatinine, GFR Foundations

    • Lesson 02: BUN, Creatinine, GFR Evaluation

    • Lesson 03: High Potassium (Hyperkalemia)

    • Lesson 04: Low Potassium (Hypokalemia)

    • Lesson 05: High Calcium (Hypercalcemia)

    • Lesson 06: Low Calcium (Hypocalcemia)

    • FAQs Module 3: BMP Part 1

  • 5

    Module 04: BMP part 2, TSH, Cholesterol

    • START HERE: Downloads to prepare for Module 4: BMP Part 2, TSH, Lipids

    • Lesson 01: Low Sodium (Hyponatremia)

    • Lesson 02: High Sodium (Hypernatremia)

    • Lesson 03: High Glucose (Hyperglycemia)

    • Lesson 04: Low Glucose (Hypoglycemia)

    • Lesson 05: Anion Gap, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride

    • Lesson 06: High TSH (Hypothyroid)

    • Lesson 07: Low TSH (Hyperthyroid)

    • Lesson 08: High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia)

    • FAQs Module 4 (and some LFT questions)

  • 6

    Module 5: Top Endocrine Labs in Primary Care

    • START HERE: Downloads to prepare for Module 5: Endocrine

    • Lesson 01: Endocrine Foundations

    • Lesson 02: Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)

    • Lesson 03: High Prolactin (Hyperprolactinemia)

    • Lesson 04: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

    • Lesson 05: Perimenopause, Menopause & Amenorrhea

    • Before you go...

  • 7

    Previous Live Q&As

    • WEEKLY LIVE from 2019 - other abnormal CBC examples

    • WEEKLY LIVE - Q&A and Abnormal CBC examples - 2/5/20

    • WEEKLY LIVE: Q&A and abnormal LFT & UA examples - 2/12/20

    • WEEKLY LIVE: Q&A and abnormal BMP examples - 2/19/20

    • WEEKLY LIVE 2/26/2020 - BMP Part 2, Lipid and TSH - a few LFT questions

    • 5/27/2020 LIVE Q&A / case study Low Testosterone

    • 6/10/2020 LIVE Q&A - CBCs

    • 6/17/2020 LIVE Q&A - LFTs/CBC

    • 6/24/2020 LIVE Q&A - CBC, BMPs, LFTs

    • 8/11/2020 LIVE Q&A

    • 11/10/2020 Live Abnormal lab review (CBC, LFTs, BMP, endocrine)

An Important Note

Full Disclosure

The Lab Interpretation Crash Course is for primary care providers only, taking care of non-pregnant adults (no pediatric or OB caveats discussed here). This is super important, because if you work in the hospital setting or long term acute care, there are scenarios that I’ve specifically left out since they aren’t relevant to the level of acuity in the primary care setting. But for primary care, internal medicine and family practice providers— whether brand new or experienced— it’ll make you feel EXCITED to review your labs.

I'm sure you have hesitations...

Your time, energy and investment is precious.

  • I barely have time to breathe— how much time does this take?

    I totally get it. Each module is around 1-1.5 hours of content (some are heavier than others). Some ways to fit it in: wake up an extra 30 minutes early 4 days a week, or set aside 1-2 hours on the weekend to speed through it. It’s extra time now, but it’ll save you HOURS PER WEEK once you’re through.

  • Is this evidence-based?

    Everything in the course is based on the highest available levels of evidence, and if it’s expert-opinion level (since that’s all there is), I’m clear about that, and you can come to your own conclusions based on the information I’ve shared. I'm constantly revisiting this material and continually updating it.

  • Will it work for me?

    This is perfect for you if you’re a new grad in primary care OR if you’ve been in practice a few years. I learned a TON through putting it together and having conversations with multiple specialists (asking the questions you may feel too embarrassed to ask!). Learning medicine is never an overnight fix, but if you complete each lecture, show up for the live sessions, reach out for help when you need it, use the quick references when you have questions in clinic— you’re going to get the head-start I wish I had as a new grad (that took me almost 4 years to get to).

  • Do you offer CEUs?

    Not yet. I'll be applying for CEU credits after getting feedback on the new material, so hoping for the fall of this year. However, employers have reimbursed current students of the course without the actual credits.

What other students had to say

"It was fabulous!"

Sarah K., NP

I was worried about managing lab results, especially ones that I didn't order. It was super helpful. I went to an amazing FNP program, however, in my practice as a new grad, I found that if I could pinpoint any particular area that I wished we had more detailed coursework in school, it would have been lab interpretation. We got tidbits here and there when it was applicable to the disease we were learning about, but nothing as comprehensive and detailed as this course. I feel much more confident in my ability to make day-to-day decisions when reviewing labs. So thank you!


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