It is common to see “normal lab values” that differ slightly from what you see in your textbook or at the hospital. Laboratory reference values often vary among reference sources and are highly dependent on the analytic methods used.
The NCLEX will not ask you to identify lab values with only slight variations from the norm because of this widely-known fact! Instead, questions on lab values will be obviously “off” or else you will be told about an abnormal lab result and then tested on your understanding of the implications of that result: can you anticipate the manifestations, the risks associated with it, or how to intervene?
Don’t focus on memorizing every reference range, but do learn the ones that are likely to show up on the NCLEX. The following labs are specifically listed on the detailed version of the NCLEX Test Blueprint:
• pH: 7.35 - 7.45
• PO2: 80 - 100
• SaO2: 95 - 100%
• HCO3: 21 - 28 mEq/L or 21 - 28 mmol/L
• BUN: 10-20 mg/dL or 3.6-7.1 mmol/L
• Creatinine 0.5-1.2 mg/dL or 44-106 µmol/L.
• Cholesterol (total): <200 mg/dL or <5.0 mmol/L
• Glucose: 70 - 110 mg/dL (fasting) and ≥ 200 (casual) or <6.1 mmol/L (fasting) or ≥ 11.1 mmol/L (casual).
• Critical glucose levels are <40 and >400 mg/dL or <2.22 and >22.2 mmol/L .
• Platelets: 150,000-400,000/mm³ or 150-400 x10⁹/L.
• Potassium: 3.5-5.0 mEq/L or 3.5-5 mmol/L.
• Sodium: 136-145 mEq/L or 136/145 mmol/L.
• WBC: 5,000-10,000/mm³ or 5-10 x10⁹/L.
• Critical WBC: <2,000 or >40,000/mm³ or <2 or >40x10⁹/L.
• PT: 11-12.5 seconds (normal) or ≥1.5-2 x control (with anticoagulant therapy)
• aPTT: 30-40 seconds (normal) or ≥1.5-2.5 x control (with anticoagulant therapy)
• INR: 0.8 - 1.1 (normal) or 2 - 3 (for A - fib) or 3 - 4.5 (for prosthetic valves)
NCLEX Mastery provides lab reference ranges from Mosby’s, 5th Edition (2013) and Mosby’s Canadian (2012). In a few instances, SI ranges have been sourced from Stedman’s Online or conversions made from Mosby’s conventional values, calculated using the AMA Manual of Style SI Conversion Calculator.
For a complete lab resource, broken down by gender and age group, consult any of our nursing apps.
such a stressful and emotional day at college yesterday and I came home and I just
plunged onto my laptop like “Fudge it,
I’m going to take my anger out on Broken Home and write the next two parts.” I was so pleased and not pleased with my outcome.
I S2G THERE’S PAPA KYLO IN PART 5 YOU’LL CRY
Warnings: Hux teasing Kylo (v mild unfortunately), (anything else you can think of then message me and I’ll add it)
Broken Home; Part One - here Broken Home; Part Two - here Broken Home; Part Three - here
walked into your shared quarters back on the Starkiller Base, plonking his helmet
down on the side table by the door. He stretched and walked towards your shared
bedroom to change into something more comfortable but that’s when he realised
that something was off, majorly;
The bed was
still unmade from when you and Kylo had awoken this morning, your uniform was
hanging over one of the chairs in the bedroom, you wardrobe door was open a
tiny crack and most of all… he couldn’t feel your presence; anywhere close by.
It hit Kylo
Ren like a ton of bricks, you had left him. There was too much of the dark side
in Kylo for you to love him anymore.
But as the
years went by, you had given birth to the son that he didn’t know about and the
Resistance gave you another chance in proving yourself from the antics you and
the most powerful knight of Ren had caused since the deaths of the Padawans’ at
the Jedi Temple.
All in the
meanwhile, Kylo had vowed to himself that he would find you again and bring you
back to your home at the Starkiller Base, back to him.
You sat on the side lines watching Phasma train her
Stormtroopers as she gleamed with pride, occasionally scolding some of them
once in a while for not being able to remember the different type of ‘simple
blaster and rifle blaster’ models and how some of the troopers would
occasionally completely miss their target or forget to take the security latch
Once she finished training she walked over to where you were
sitting on the bench with her shoulders slumped, “I forgot how of a handful
they can be at times,” you chuckled, making Phasma snort and from under her
helmet and she shook her head.
“Still as hectic as ever since you left, Y/N, Especially
since Ren had the whole First Order looking for you,” She took her helmet off
and shook her helmet hair, then placing the chrome head gear on the bench in
front of her. Passing her canteen of water to her, she muttered a “thank you”
and swigged her water down before placing the helmet back on head.
“Was he angry when I left? What was he like…?” You and Phasma
started striding down the hallways towards the bridge, “Well, he… Started doing
this thing, it would involve either control panels, furniture or sometimes
walls,” Phasma started, “he would get into a tantrum if someone said the wrong
thing or did something that he didn’t like; slicing up everything with what the
General quotes ‘that bloody dysfunctional lightsaber of his’.”
You swallowed a lump in your throat and ran a hand through
your H/C strands.
the person who was sitting and eating dinner with your son last week, it couldn’t
be… Unstable and a risk to his family. If Agustin, Leia or yourself had said
anything out of the ordinary all three of you would have been sliced and diced…
Breaking out of your thoughts as you finally reached the
bridge, you felt a familiar force flush over your body. You and Phasma
continued through the door and up to Hux whose patience was wearing thin with a
young commander, you almost felt sorry for the commander but you brushed it
Quickly glancing around, you couldn’t see Kylo on the bridge
assuming that his aircraft has landed in the hangar. Phasma coughed and got Hux’s
attention to which the commander scurried away back to his work station,
leaving you and the two high ranks alone.
“I’ve finished training for tonight, General; if it’s all the
same I’m going to retire for the night” Phasma asked from beside you, Hux gave
her a tired smile and a curt nod as a go ahead and you shook hands with the Chrome-Cladded-Captain
who turned and retreated.
going to retire early too, thanks Hux” You smiled and kissed his cheek before
leaving the bridge.
she?” Kylo stormed onto the bridge yelling out at everyone, but mostly the red
headed General. Hux rolled his eyes at Kylo and turned away from monitor he was
currently looking at, “Who? Phasma? I believe she retired to her quarters half
an hour ago.” Hux teased.
clenched his fists and took a deep breath, “You know who I’m talking about, General.”
He growled through the helmet. Hux gave himself the opportunity to wind the
Knight of Ren up more, smirking he placed his datapad on his work station and
looked up at the ‘bucket brain’, “You’re going to have to be more specific,
is she I know she’s here and she’s not in the interrogation room” Kylo whisper
shouted, Hux just shrugged and walked past him, “Try on the 304th
floor, that really fancy room, try there.”
You jolted awake by the sound of your quarters’ doors opening,
shivers ran down your spine as you reached for the DL-44 under your pillow
slowly, Your eyes squinted in the dark as you got up out of the bed and held
the blaster in defence position in case of attack.
You heard the heavy clad of footsteps and breathing getting
closer to the bedroom area, quickly hiding around the side of the closet and straightening
your back against it and the wall, clutching the blaster to your chest you
checked the safety was on.
The footsteps seemed to get louder and then stopped, your
heart was beating rapidly as you peered around the closet to see someone
dressed all in black. Of course they’re in black, it’s the pfassking
First Order, forty seven percent on average wear black around here.
“Y/N, what are you doing?” you heard the voice of Kylo sighing,
coming from around the closet you avoided his eyes. “Well I was hiding behind
because I thought you were someone coming in to kill me…” you murmured, still
clutching the DL-44 that Hux had given you when he had shown you to your
“I mean what are you doing here? What about Agustin, you need
to be escorted back,” He rambled taking your hands and leading you to sit on
the bed beside him. “Your mother is looking after him, calm down… I wanted to
talk to you about something else, it’s complicated and I can’t say it without
it sounding like a child in this place,”
“Well let’s talk”
You woke up with the feel of hot breath on your neck and
strong arms wrapped around your torso, you smiled to yourself and sunk into Kylo’s
body waiting for him to wake up so you could convince him to come home, even
just for a while.