An Otolaryngology Nurse – also known as Ear, Nose and Throat Nurse (ENT Nurse) is a nursing professional who specialises in the care of patients with disease and disorders of the ear, nose and throat and other related body structures.
An ENT Nurse performs many roles. These include:
1. Taking of history
2. Physical examination of the ear, nose and throat
3. Obtaining of specimen for laboratory investigations
4. Diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of patients with ENT disorders.
5. Education on the prevention and treatment of conditions affecting the ears, nose, throat, head and neck.
6. Preparation of patients for surgery and assisting in the performance of surgical procedures.
7. Caring for patients after surgical procedures
To become an ENT Nurse, you have to first complete basic training in general nursing or midwifery. After which one is expected to have a minimum of three years working experience in the clinical setting.
Currently, the Ear, Nose and Throat Nursing School in Kumasi which is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast, is the only institution in the country offering this programme.