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Nose, Sinuses and Oral Cavity

The etiology, symptomatology, evaluation and management of various nasal and oral disorder

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Nose, Sinuses and Oral Cavity Course Module:

This course offers an overview of the normal anatomy and physiology of the nose, sinuses, nasopharynx and oral cavity. It will review the etiology, symptomatology, evaluation and management of various nasal and oral disorders.

This course is part of the Comprehensive ORL and Head-Neck Nursing Course, which provides the ORL nurse with an overview of common ear, nose and throat problems, disorders and their management. The material has been divided into sections to include: Overview of Cancer and Treatment Modalities; Head and Neck Cancer; Disorders of the Nose, Sinuses, and Oral Cavity; Benign Head and Neck Disorders; Pediatric Otolaryngology; Otology and Hearing Loss Evaluation and Management. Each of these sections will review the normal anatomy, common disorders, etiology, symptoms, diagnostic evaluation and management. This course is designed to enhance and reinforce your current knowledge base, provide clarification for areas that may be confusing, and allow you to identify areas of weakness that may require further focus and learning. The course is ideal for the nurse who is new in the otolaryngology specialty or for the seasoned ORL nurse seeking a good review.

Nose, Sinuses and Oral Cavity Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Relate the normal anatomy and physiology of the nose, sinuses, nasopharynx and oral cavity to the etiology, symptomatology, evaluation and management of various nasal problems/disorders.

2. Compare the etiology, symptomatology, evaluation and management of oral cavity disorders/diseases to nursing care.

Nose, Sinuses and Oral Cavity Course Contact Hours: 2.15


Outline of Content Covered:

Nasal Anatomy

  • Nasal cavity
  • Blood supply
  • Venous drainage
  • Olfactory nerve
  • Mucous membranes
  • Mucus

Paranasal Sinuses

  • Maxillary
  • Frontal
  • Ethmoid
  • Sphenoid

Oral Cavity

  • Base of tongue
  • Tonsils
  • Salivary glands

Larynx

Disorders of the nose

Rhinitis:

  • Immune System and the Allergic Response
  • Rhinitis – Acute vs Chronic, Allergic vs Non Allergic
  • Allergic Rhinitis
    • Early phase
    • Late phase
    • Seasonal vs perennial
  • Non-Allergic Rhinitis
    • Infectious
    • Vasomotor
    • Hormonal
    • Rhinitis medicamentosa
    • Atropic

Nasal Polyps:

  • Etiology & incidence
  • Symptoms
  • Medical management

Epistaxis:

  • Incidence & etiology
  • Symptoms
  • Medical management

Sinusitis:

  • Acute & Chronic Sinusitis
    • Evolution
    • Predisposing factors
    • Symptoms
    • Complications
    • Cavernous venous sinus
    • Medical management
    • Surgical management
  • Fungal Sinusitis
    • Types
    • Mycetoma
    • Allergic
    • Invasive

Loss of Smell and Taste

  • Anosmia
  • Etiology
  • Treatment

Nasal & Sinus Tumors:

  • Overview
  • Malignant
  • Benign
  • Symptoms
  • Management

Disorders of the Oral Cavity:

  • Salivary Glands
  • LPR
  • Pharyngitis, Tonsillitis, Mononucleosis & Diptheria
    • Etiology
    • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Sialoadenitis
  • Treatment


Your Instructor


Erin J. Ross, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CORLN
Erin J. Ross, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CORLN

Erin Ross DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CORLN is an Advance Practice Nurse in the Head and Neck Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. Dr. Ross received her undergraduate BSN degree (1990) from Illinois State in Normal Illinois and her Masters Degree (1999) from DePaul University in Chicago. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Case Western Reserve University (2013) in Cleveland Ohio. Dr. Ross has a practice in general Otolaryngology.


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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: [email protected]

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