Ear Nurse Specialist Training, Knowledge & Skills Framework


This document aims to be used as a guiding framework for all nurses who provide appropriate ear treatment/care within the whole population.
The framework will assist all nurses with development of the required skills and competencies in the management of aural conditions regardless of level of practice.
The goal for nursing management of patients with aural (ear) conditions across all levels of care is to be able to assess, diagnose, and treat, using skills and education acquired, enabling positive outcomes with the knowledge of referral for further care.
The framework can be used by all nurses as a tool to help you articulate how competencies are met when preparing your portfolio. Our more experienced senior Otology Nurse Specialists will be involved with the monitoring of assessments.
The KSF is intended to provide guidance and clarification of the otology nursing role to all nurses, administrators, consumers, and other health professionals.
The three levels of practice are:
Competent (all nurses): Proficient (some nurses): Expert (Few nurses)
Explanation of the levels are shown in more detail in the framework. The framework is designed to support an online Ear Assessment and Treatment Otology nursing course. Progression to a nationally recognized qualification is a priority.
Update May 2024:- Due to Te Pukenga changes beyond our control affecting the Open Polytechnic, our online course has now been taken over by Wintec in Hamilton. It will be upgraded to a Level 8 qualification, fitting well into existing Post Grad nursing courses. This will be a step forward for Otology nursing. Further information to all members will be disseminated via email at the October 3rd and 4th ENSG conference.
Please take time to digest the information.
We welcome queries through the website www.ensg.co.nz