Our Mission Statement
To encourage higher levels of education in Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck nursing through study, discussion, exchange of information, experiences, and ideas.
To unite registered professional Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses for the purpose of maintaining a society dedicated to the constant endeavor of promoting the highest professional standards of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck nursing for the better and safer care of the patient.
Starting as a small group of ORL nurses wanting to network, we have grown to 39 members. We have many original members still active in our chapter. We are nurses caring for adults and children with a variety of ORL issues. We have involvement in many hospitals throughout Maryland and DC including Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown University, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and University, Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, US. Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products, and West Virginia University Health Care as well as many outpatient centers and offices such as Otolaryngology Associates.
We participate in community outreach and education. Our chapter is actively involved in the national level of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Nurses’ Organization, participating in meetings as presenters, planners, and moderators, and holding leadership positions. Our activities have earned us multiple Chapter Excellence Awards.
Active membership in the MD/DC Chapter of SOHN fosters the professional growth of ORL nurses through education and research and develops dynamic education that is responsive to the needs of the membership. Networking opportunities with local ORL nurses provide opportunities to connect with peers in our specialty, share best practices and learn about new trends, education and technical advances. Many articles have linked improved patient outcomes with specialty nursing certification.