Courses Catalogue

Specialized Medical-surgical Nursing Ii

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Nursing Sciences (Direct Entry), B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Nursing Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


This section offers an area of specialization in medical-surgical nursing aimed at preparing students with the knowledge and skills to care for persons with common disorders of the ear, nose and throat. It specifically covers the common causes, pathophysiology as well as the clinical presentation and management of disorders of the Ear, Nose and Throat.  In addition, the nurses’ role in equipment preparation, storage and use during and after ENT procedures is explored including the care of patients before, during and after ENT operations.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module the learner should be able to demonstrate:

1.The ability to describe the applied anatomy and physiology of the ear,Nose, Throat, Head and Neck.

2.The ability to describe the aetiology, pathophysiology  and epidemiology of ear, nose, and throat 

3.The ability to explain the role of nursing care in the management of these common disorders

4.The ability to recognize common ear, nose, throat emergencies and manage them

5.The ability to prepare and use the various types of equipment used in procedures of the ear, nose and throat Section content 

      Introduction: Review of anatomy, histology and embryology of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Physiology of hearing, balance olfaction, gustation, swallowing and speech; Hearing tests.  Epidemiology of the common E.N.T disorders and conditions; 

      Management: Diagnosis, nursing and medical management of common disorders of  congenital, traumatic, inflammatory, neoplastic origin and other disorders involving ear, vestibular apparatus, nose, sinuses, palate, tonsils, and the adenoids; E.N.T manifestations of HIV disorders.

      ENT Procedures: Tracheotomy, otoscopy, simple tests for learning and smell; ear hygiene; Ear syringing; Ear hygiene; E.N.T operations;  

      Emergencies: foreign bodies; epistaxis; facial trauma; Ludwig’s angina; airway obstructions. 

      Nursing Care: Equipment identification, preparation, use and storage; care of patients before, during and after ENT procedures. 

Section 3:  Nursing in ophthalmology  5 hrs


This specialized section in medical –surgical nursing prepares learners to effectively handle and competently manage clients with diseases and disorders of the eye. It specifically addresses the causes, clinical presentation and management of patients with ophthalmic disorders. In addition, the section covers the nurse’s role in instrument and patient preparation for surgical ophthalmic interventions. 


Section objectives 

Upon completion of the module the learners should be able to demonstrate:

1.The knowledge required to describe the management of patients with common ophthalmic disorders

2.The ability to discuss the preparation of instruments for surgical management of ophthalmic patients