Otorhinolaryngology is a branch of medicine which centers its attention on illnesses and disorders that mainly affect the ear, nose, and throat (ENT). Employment in this field requires highly specialized and deep knowledge of the head, neck, ears, nasal passages, and throat, and how these areas relate to and interact with one another. Professionals in this field are commonly referred to as ear, nose, and throat, or ENT professionals. Otorhinolaryngology nurses are ENT professionals who provide direct care to patients who are suffering from ENT illnesses and disorders. These nurses will typically treat both acute and chronic problems in these areas. Common problems treated by ENT nurses include ear infections, genetic abnormalities, laryngitis, sinusitis, cancer, sleep apnea, tonsillitis, and more. Although ENT nurses can treat all kinds of patients, from infants to children to adults, some choose to specialize in areas like pediatric otorhinolaryngology. Others will focus on a particular type of problem, such as nasal allergies.
Some of the duties carried out by ENT nurses include:
ENT nurses can work in a variety of workplace settings, including the following:
ENT nursing is a highly specialized field which requires an exceptional amount of knowledge having to do with the ears, nasal passages, and the throat. Nurses will need to focus on these areas of the body, gaining experience in the ENT field after completing their undergraduate nursing education.
Before becoming a certified otorhinolaryngology nurse, you must first earn an ADN or BSN degree from an accredited university or college. You must then pass the NCLEX-RN exam and gain a license to practice as an RN. Once this has been completed, you must then gain three years of clinical experience in an otorhinolaryngology setting before you're eligible to sit for the certification exam.
Otorhinolaryngology nurses will need to possess an active and unencumbered RN licenses and, in most cases, obtain additional educational and experiential qualifications to gain an Otorhinolaryngology Nursing Certification. In order to do this, an ADN or BSN degree will be needed.
Certification for otorhinolaryngology nurses is carried out through Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head/Neck Nurses. To be eligible to gain the Otorhinolaryngology Nursing Certification credential you must have the following:
Because otorhinolaryngology is a highly specialized discipline, nurses with the right qualifications, education, and experience won't find it difficult to find gainful employment in a wide variety of healthcare settings.
According to ZipRecruiter, the median yearly wage for ENT nurses is approximately $77,882. Salaries will inevitably vary depending on factors like the employing organization, city and state of employment, years of clinical experience in the field, education level, credentials, and certifications. Some of the same factors will also contribute to the kinds of benefit packages ENT nurses will receive from their employer. Most, however, can expect medical, dental, vision, prescription, and sometimes life insurance included in their employment benefit packages. A couple to a few weeks of paid time off also isn't out of the norm for ENT nurses.