Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests

Edition: 10th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2017-03-28
Publisher(s): Pearson
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For students in masters, baccalaureate, associate degree, diploma, and practical nursing programs – and for RNs and LPNs working in hospital settings.

Everything students and practicing nurses need to know about laboratory and diagnostic testing, with an emphasis on nursing implications and patient education.

Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications is designed to provide quick, pertinent information about laboratory and diagnostic testing, and the corresponding nursing implications. Author Joyce LeFever Kee discusses each test in the context of seven subsections: Reference Values/Normal Findings (for children and adults), Description, Purpose, Clinical Problems, Procedure, Factors Affecting Laboratory or Diagnostic Results, and Nursing Implications with Rationale and Client Teaching. In the 10th Edition, you’ll find new, rewritten, or updated coverage of dozens of tests; new Situational Study Questions; an updated section on Therapeutic Drug Monitoring that includes HIV drugs; and revised appendices addressing everything from abbreviations to test values.

Author Biography

Joyce LeFever Kee received her bachelor of science and master of science in nursing degrees from the University of Maryland, and earned 36 postgraduate credits from the University of Delaware. She was an instructor at the University of Maryland for four years and later spent 27 years at the University of Delaware – first as an instructor, and then as an associate professor. While there, she taught undergraduate- and graduate-level pharmacology, pathophysiology, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, and medical-surgical nursing in classroom and clinical settings. She retired as Associate Professor Emerita from the University of Delaware.


Through the years, Kee has given numerous lectures and presentations in both the United States and Barbados, and has written various articles in the American Journal of Nursing, Nursing Clinics of North America, Nursing Journal, and Critical Care Quarterly. She has authored and coauthored several texts and reference books, including Fluids and Electrolytes with Clinical Applications (2010); Handbook of Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances (2010); Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach, 8th Edition (2015); Clinical Calculations in General and Specialty Areas, 8th Edition (2017); Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th Edition (2017); and Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 10th Edition (2018). She has also developed supplementary student and instructor resources for many of these texts.


Kee is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and was inducted into the Mentor’s Circle at the University of Delaware. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to fascinating places around the world with her husband

Table of Contents

Part 1: List of Laboratory Tests 

Laboratory Tests (in alphabetical order)

Situational Study Questions

Part 2: List of Diagnostic Tests 

Diagnostic Tests (in alphabetical order)

Situational Study Questions

Part 3: Laboratory/Diagnostic Assessments of Body Function

Part 4: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM)

Part 5: School Health Services: Education, Screening, and Testing

Appendix A: Abbreviations

Appendix B: Laboratory Test Group: Panels and Profiles

Appendix C: Health Problems with Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests

Appendix D: Laboratory Test Values for Adults and Children



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