The goal of the OEC Module of the Senior Program is to expand and improve the knowledge and skills of NSP members relating to handling complex situations involving decision making, problem management, and leadership. The program also prepares patrollers for leadership roles within the NSP.
If you are interested in working to become a stronger, more confident patroller you should consider this program. The program is designed to help you build upon your skills related to; problem and patient assessment, resource management, OEC skills and transportation considerations, and finally leadership in terms of communication skills, the ability to direct others and confidence.
This year’s program will kick‐off on Saturday, November 18th and will conclude in late January with a number of clinics in between to help build your skills and prepare for the final examination. As follows is the schedule for this year’s program –
- Kick‐off – Saturday, November 18th (9AM‐12PM) – CMEMSC, 321 Holden St., Holden, MA
- Monday, November, 27th (6:00PM – 9:00PM) – CMEMSC, 321 Holden St., Holden, MA
- Thursday, November 28th (6:00PM – 9:00PM) – CMEMSC, 321 Holden St., Holden, MA
- Monday, December 4th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Ski Area
- Thursday, December 7th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
- Monday, December 11th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Ski Area
- Thursday, December 14th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
- Monday, December 18th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Ski Area
- Thursday, December 21st (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
- Thursday, December 28st (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
- Thursday, January 4th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
- Monday, January 8th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Mountain
- Thursday, January 11th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
- Monday, January 15th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Mountain
- Thursday, January 18th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
- Final Evaluation – Sunday, January 28th ‐ TBD
In addition to the above, there may be additional clinics added to the schedule. Any changes or updates will be communicated well in advance of the date.
The kick‐off, on November 18th, will include a complete overview of the program and the requirements for completion. In addition, candidates will work on skill sign‐offs which will include –
- Patient assessment and vital signs
- Oxygen administration, airway adjunct use and suctioning
- Bleeding control and bandaging
- Fracture management (1. Management near a joint, 2. Alignment of angulated fractures, 3. Open fracture management, 4. Long bone management and 5. traction splinting)
- Spinal immobilization
- Lifting techniques
- Medical emergencies
If you plan to attend the kick‐off and move forward in the program please come prepared to demonstrate your proficiency in the above skills.
As mentioned above the OEC Module of the Senior Program is a great way to strengthen your skills, build your confidence and leadership skills. It’s also a great way to meet some new people and have some fun.
Thank you – Jon Longley, Senior Training Coordinator (EMARI).