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Benign Head and Neck Disorders

An overview of the normal anatomy and physiology of the organs of the head and neck.

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Benign Head and Neck Disorders

This course offers an overview of the normal anatomy and physiology of the organs of the head and neck. It will review the evaluation and care of patients with facial fractures, and various conditions including Bell’s Palsy, vocal cord paralysis, thyroid disease and esophageal conditions. It will also review the nursing care of an individual with a tracheostomy.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Identify normal anatomy and physiology of the larynx, trachea, neck and associated lymph node

2. Interpret the evaluation, management to the nursing care of patients with facial fractures.

3. Illustrate the 12 cranial nerves, the function and test used to assess patients.

4. Compare the etiology, management of benign head and neck issues such as Bell’s Palsy, Vocal Cord Paralysis, abnormalities of the thyroid and esophagus to nursing care.

5. Relate the indications for tracheostomy to nursing care of the tracheostomy patient.

Course Contact Hours: 1.37

Course Outline:

Normal anatomy and physiology of the larynx, trachea, neck and associated lymph nodes

  • Bones of the cranium
  • Oral cavity
  • Salivary glands
  • Hypopharynx
  • Larynx
  • Espohagus
  • Neck
  • Lymph nodes

Cranial Nerves

  • Acronym

Each Cranial Nerve, function and test

Evaluation, management and nursing care of patients with facial fractures.

  • Le Forte Fractures
  • Zenker’s Diverticulum
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Tracheostomy and indications
    • Tracheostomy Nursing Care
  • Le Forte I
  • Le Forte II
  • Le Forte III
  • Nursing Care

Mandibular fractures Benign Head Neck Abnormalities

  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Vocal Cord benign lesions
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Thyroid – Graves Disease
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Thyroid Neoplasm – Benign Adenoma

Tracheostomy Care


Your Instructor


Barbara P Carter, MSN, RN, CORLN
Barbara P Carter, MSN, RN, CORLN

Barbara Carter is recently retired from 42 years of nursing. Her last position was that of a Head and Neck Nurse Navigator at the Georgia Cancer Center affiliated with Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. Barbara has an MSN and is a Certified ORL and Head-Neck Nurse (CORLN)


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course begins after enrollment. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Nursing contact hours will be awarded only once for each course. Entire course must be complete, including the pretest, lecture, post-test and evaluation, before contact hours will be awarded and sent by email.
When will I receive the nursing contact hour(s) certificate after taking the course?
Your nursing contact hour(s) certificate will be awarded after you complete the pretest, lecture, post-test and evaluation for each course. You will receive your contact hours by email within 7 days of completing your course from SOHN headquarters.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about the course?
Contact SOHN Headquarters by phone or email. Phone: 386-428-1695 or Email: info@sohnnurse.com


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