The Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse certification indicates specialization in the field of ear, nose, and throat nursing. The nurse with this certification treats and educates those patients who suffer from diseases of the ears, nose, and throat.
In order to take the Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse exam, the applicant must be a licensed Registered Nurse. It is recommended that the RN have at least 3 years of experience working in the field of ear, nose, and throat nursing while providing direct patient care to this population of patients. At this time, no specific continuing education credit hours are required to obtain initial certification.
The exam is offered twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, during a 2-week testing period at testing centers located across the United States. The fee to take the exam is $325 for members of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head Neck Nurses (SOHN) or $425 for non-members.
There are 250 multiple-choice questions on the exam and the RN is allotted 4 hours in which to complete the exam. Over one-third of the exam contains questions pertaining to nursing interventions for the patient with an otorhinolaryngological condition. Another one-third of the questions test the RN’s knowledge of specific head and neck conditions. The remaining one-third of the exam pertain to nursing assessment and professional issues.
The Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse certification is valid for 5 years. At the end of that time period, the exam can be retaken to recertify or specific continuing education activities to earn contact hours must have been completed.
by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 8, 2019