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post #1 of 18
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HI all:

I am a RN in a very busy Peds Intensive Care Unit and really love to ski. I went to the patrol hut at the resort I ski at and asked about the process of becoming a patrol. 

For those of you who have already done the OEC class, any tips, suggestions, etc. I am very excited about this, and the class would start in August.

post #2 of 18

The class should be interesting for you, it's a look into the world of what happens to the pt before they get to you in the hospital. Your assessment skills will be a great asset to your participation in the course. The medical stuff, human body, vitals etc will be very basic for you but the trauma skills should be new along with dealing with an uncontrolled environment - working out in the cold on a slippery slope is very different than working in a hospital environment. Enjoy the program, we've had several nurses join our patrol recently and the ones who sat thru the full course (as opposed to doing an OEC challenge course) are much more comfortable working in patrol environment.

 

I am a 25 year patroller who has just finished nursing school, so I've seen both sides of this, just approached it from the opposite direction that you did! 

 

Good Luck,

Pat

post #3 of 18

I tried for the Patrol 30 years ago at a small local ski area in Virginia.

(Skyline/Big Devil/Rappahannock) but as soon as I got certified the area

went bankrupt and closed.

 

I bagged it since the patrol setup at a lot of areas are kind of clanish and

it would be likely I'd have to do most of the training work over again.

hth

post #4 of 18

Go for it!  You will not regret it one bit. You will meet the most interesting and giving people in the world. People from all walks of life looking for the same thing, giving back to the ski world. Hope this helps,   Dave

post #5 of 18

As an RN you may not need to take the entire OEC course.   RN may challenge the OEC course by taking a much shorter course.

 

OEC Challenge applicants must meet one or more of the following: Emergency trained and currently certified as: EMT, MD/DO, PA/NP, RN, or LPN.

 

Challenge time requirements (total hours) will vary with background, specialty, and experience. Challenge applicants must practice skills with an OEC instructor prior to the challenge testing.

post #6 of 18

Hi there.  I'm a candidate for my first year on patrol and am finishing my OEC this week.  I couldn't find many resources to help people understand the process to becoming a ski patroller so I started a blog to share my experience.  I'm hoping it will help others who are thinking about joining the patrol to have some kind of idea what they are getting into.  Take a look:

http://joinskipatrol.wordpress.com/

post #7 of 18

kinjachris, welcome to the world of a patroller. Enjoy your first year as a candidate, as soon as you are able, get yourself involved in the Senior program. There is plenty of room to grow if you care to do so.  What region are you Patrolling in?    Good luck,   Dave

post #8 of 18

i am taking the oec course  and as a MD ,it is quite basic. The anatomy, physiology and pathophys are a little basic. I've learned a few things and met a lot of nice people. I must say in the OEC ver 5 book, there are errors up the wazzoh. 

 

I pro'oly should have just challenged it. ohh well.

 

 

post #9 of 18

I am in week four of the OEC class and finding the material very dense and almost overwhelming.  My teenagers are amused  that I am doing more homework than they are.  This is giving me a new appreciation for how much work the patrollers put in just to help out at the hill.  We have a good group in our class and I am looking forward to the challenge of becoming a patroller this season.

post #10 of 18

Good luck, it is overwhelming but trust me it pays off. It is much more fun once you start getting on snow.   Enjoy!    Dave

post #11 of 18

I've been a patroller for 6 seasons now and I am presently in the process of getting certified as an EMT.  I can say that the OEC training, on-hill training, and the actual experience you get is every bit on par with the training for EMS services (if not better).  I've been cruising with ease through the EMT training and it's due to my experience and training as a Patroller.

 

I've talked with the instructors a bunch-related stories of on-hill first aid and rescue, our experiences and the nature of patients are very similar.

 

Patrol is the best gig on a Ski Hill.  It's important, it's fulfilling, and it can be a lot of fun.  

 

Just try an enjoy the OEC training, the honest truth is, OEC instructors are invested in making new patrollers, not screwing people out of becoming Patrollers.  Put in an Honest effort, be of good cheer and you'll pass.

 

You may run into a different attitude if you ever consider trying to become a senior or certified-but at the basic OEC level, encouragement, assistance and success are at a premium.

 

Good luck, and welcome to the club

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by shoal007 View Post

i am taking the oec course  and as a MD ,it is quite basic. The anatomy, physiology and pathophys are a little basic. I've learned a few things and met a lot of nice people. I must say in the OEC ver 5 book, there are errors up the wazzoh. 

 

I pro'oly should have just challenged it. ohh well.

 

 


Shoal, what errors are you finding?

 

Our patrol is running an OEC class right now and I'm sitting in on occasion... the OEC 5th book seems much better than the OEC 4th, although I have caught a few things that don't make sense and conflict from paragraph to paragraph.  Still, though, it looks very good to me for the most part.  

 

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by kinjachris View Post

Hi there.  I'm a candidate for my first year on patrol and am finishing my OEC this week.  I couldn't find many resources to help people understand the process to becoming a ski patroller so I started a blog to share my experience.  I'm hoping it will help others who are thinking about joining the patrol to have some kind of idea what they are getting into.  Take a look:

http://joinskipatrol.wordpress.com/

nice blog!
 

 

post #14 of 18

So far I have passed the OEC written, the practical,  completed CPR for professionals and the snowmobile licensing required by our state.  Only have the toboggan test to finish in three weeks and I think that one will go well.

 

Our  class has started working shifts this week.

 

It's been a lot of work  and looks like it will be a lot of fun.  Certainly takes boredom out of the daily equation.

post #15 of 18

OK, I'm still a candidate and not done yet but to update how the experience has gone since originally posting..... it goes like this.

OEC. OK, learn a lot, study a lot (yes more than my MBA requried) but kinda dry and boring.  Assessments are like learning how to walk. Very foreign and drilled into your head over and over and over and over.

Then you get to the hill and you fell like you are starting all over again in the first few sessions and you are back where you started out.

This part feels like you are sitting in rush hour traffic and going no where fast.   Everyone in my class was asking "why am I doing this again???"

Then the class gets weeded out.  Poor or average skiers are sent to the room to train as Auxiliary patrollers and WHAM the good skiers suddenly are released from rush hour traffic and are now going 80 in the carpool lane during toboggan training.  Man that part is FUN and it hasn't slowed down yet.  I'm 3 or 4 training days from graduation now and I just placed the order for my "bones" yesterday in anticipation of wearing them soon.    I'll update the blog, I'm a few posts behind but will catch it up.  If you are thinking about it, go for it!

 

post #16 of 18

Awesome work, mate. It's well worth the pain. Good luck in your finals!

post #17 of 18

Good news, I passed my final and was issued my bones! woo hoo!  It was a long journey but well worth it.  I've updated the blog so the entire season experience from begging to end of my candidate year is posted up.... including being dispatched on my first wreck literally two minutes after graduating. What a rush!  http://joinskipatrol.wordpress.com

post #18 of 18

Passed the toboggan test Saturday along with the other four candidates in our group.  What a relief to be finally done and fully certified.  Patrolled on Sunday and it was a very busy day for the patrol as the hill was bustling.

 

Advanced toboggan handling class tonite with a district representative of the NSP.  Should be fun!

 

Bring on some more winter.

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