About Ear Nurse Specialists
In the 1960's , chronic suppurative Otitis media (CSOM) was causing a large problem in communities especially in the isolated rural areas. Discharging ears were common and were often accepted as normal. With vision and foresight, Sir Patrick Eisdell-Moore instigated the concept of the Mobile Ear Clinic, to help these children. Nurses were specially trained to operate this service. There are at present, over 50 nurses employed in the Ear Nurse role, with many attaining the "Specialist Nurse" level. The role has grown over the years and so too has the knowledge and skill. There are now ENS's working in the Outpatient setting assisting with the workload and managing many ear conditions.
Special attributes of an Ear Nurse Specialist include:
- In-depth knowledge of ear anatomy
- Diagnostic and treatment ability
- Referral to specialist services
- Support for families
- An understanding of conductive and sensori-neural hearing loss
- Competency in otoscopy, microscopy, instrument use and aural toilet techniques
- Empathy with different cultures
- Enthusiasm, motivation, relate well to children and their families
- Ability to work autonomously
Links to other services are closely maintained within multi-diciplinary health teams, who within their own disciplines are involved in community education, therefore ensuring continuity of health "messages"