Ear, Nose, and Throat Nurse Practitioner


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BASIC DESCRIPTION

Ear, nose, and throat nurse practitioners diagnose, treat, and evaluate patients who have ear, nose, and throat (ENT) disorders. Other primary responsibilities include ordering diagnostic tests, providing health promotion education, assisting the surgeon in ENT surgeries, and evaluating patient progress and discharging patients as appropriate.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation and Nurse Practitioner certification are required.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Advanced knowledge related to ENT pathophysiology and disease diagnosis, and medical–surgical and pharmacological management of patients who have ENT conditions
■ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
■ Ability to work in a team
■ Sensitivity to the needs of patients and their families and knowledge of resources and referral networks available

RELATED WEB SITE AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION

■ Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head–Neck Nurses (http://www.sohnnurse.com/ent.html)

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