Ear Care  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
2 November 2017 (Foundation) 09:30 Full day £180.00 CS6034a Apply Now
23 November 2017 (Update) 09:30 Full day £180.00 CS6034b Apply Now
30 May 2018 (Foundation) 09:30 Full day £180.00 CS6034a Apply Now

Course Content

This course has been designed to meet the needs of nurses requiring an introduction to ear care in addition to nurses requring an update. The course is available as follows:

Ear Care - Foundations for Practice (CS6034a)

An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the ear.   The correct method to perform ear examination using an otoscope.  Client assessment and integration of the national ear care guidelines. Practical sessions will include ear examination using otoscopes and the use of a recommended ear irrigator.

Ear Care - Updates for Nurses (CS6034b)

Revision of the anatomy and physiology of the ear. Review of client assessment and common presenting conditions including infection and cerumen impaction. Best practice update, including NICE and national ear care guidelines.  Review of the correct method to perform ear examination using an otoscope, undertake ear irrigation, and perform aural toilet. Practical sessions will include ear examination using otoscopes and the use of a recommended ear irrigator.

Tutor Info

Kat Millward (Lecturer) is a qualified District Nurse and holder of the Queen’s Nurse title. An experienced clinician, she joined the University teaching staff in 2015 and has been providing the one day ear care courses since then.

Marie C. Hill is a Senior Lecturer [Practice Nursing]. Marie has been involved in the development and delivery of one day ear care courses in the School of Health Sciences for over 10 years.  She holds the National Diploma in Primary Ear Care for Practitioners.

Eligibility

Ear Care - Foundations for Practice (CS6034a)

Registered Nurses current on the NMC register.

Ear Care - Updates for Nurses (CS6034b)

Registered Nurses current on the NMC register who have previously undertaken ear care training.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

Ear Care - Foundations for Practice (CS6034a)

The correct technique to examine the ear and the ability to identify landmarks of the pinna and tympanic membrane.  The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the national ear care guidelines and how these guidelines are applied in clinical practice, when presented with a client for ear irrigation. It involves the opportunity to practice otoscopy, ear irrigation and aural toilet under supervision.

Ear Care - Updates for Nurses (CS6034b)

The course will provide a comprehensive review of the national ear care guidelines and any other relevant clinical updates. It provides an opportunity to revise the assessment process and includes an overview of common presenting problems beyond cerumen impaction. It involves the opportunity to practice otoscopy, ear irrigation and aural toilet under supervision to review technique.

Teaching and Assessment

The course tutor provides feedback to students on otoscopy technique as well the use of a recommended ear irrigator.

Recommended Reading

Students are recommended to revise the anatomy and physiology of the ear prior to the course and familiarise themselves with the best practice guidance on ear care available from the Primary Ear Care Centre: (www.earcarecentre.com)

Leads To...

Ear Care - Foundations for Practice (CS6034a)

  • Have increased knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the ear, including the main landmarks of the tympanic membrane, which will be facilitated by feedback from the course tutor
  • Undertake the correct method  to examine an ear with an otoscope
  • Understand and have greater knowledge on the skill of ear irrigation: adhering to national guidelines in best ear care practice
  • Understand the necessity of performing aural care following ear irrigation.

Ear Care - Updates for Nurses (CS6034b)

  • Have updated knowledge on common ear-related presenting complaints in a community setting
  • Update their knowledge on assessing patients presenting with ear-related conditions
  • Revise their knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the ear, including the main landmarks of the tympanic membrane
  • Review the correct method  to examine an ear with an otoscope
  • Understand and have greater knowledge on the skill of ear irrigation: adhering to national guidelines in best ear care practice
  • Understand the necessity of performing aural care following ear irrigation.

Application Deadline: