The power of narrative-hearing the patient story through the suspension of disbelief – Mask Ed (KRS Simulation)

Professor Kerry Reid-Searl

CQUniversity Australia



Muriel Moore is no ordinary woman. She is a retired matron who transforms the learning space for first year nursing students as she exposes her vulnerability and requires students to manage her incontinence and her activities of daily living. Muriel creates a response in students which makes them feel the human connection and empathy central to patient care.  However whilst Muriel is real to students, she is in fact Professor Kerry Reid-Searl donned with entire silicone props who transforms into a Mask Ed (KRS Simulation) character.


The aim of this presentation is to present to the audience Muriel Moore and showcase how the technique of Mask Ed (KRS Simulation) addresses intimate human care associated with incontinence. The presentation will also include an overview of a recent research study which explored students experience with Muriel and dealing with her intimate physical human care.


Mask Ed (KRS Simulation) has three core elements. These include the character, the coach and the context. When combined carefully together with the character story, simulation experiences unfold creating learning experiences that enable students to be in a space of providing intimate care and dealing with real human responses in a safe and supportive environment. Research suggests that students’ exposure to this technique not only increases their confidence in dealing with intimate physical care and prepares them for reality but importantly they see the person with regard, respect and vulnerability. It is this that guides their nursing care.


Mask Ed (KRS Simulation) is a simulation modality that can create learning opportunities for students around physical intimate human care. Creating teaching strategies that enable nursing students to be prepared for providing intimate patient care in the safety net of the classroom is worthy of merit.


Professor Kerry Reid Searl is the Assistant Dean Simulation at CQUniversity Rockhampton Campus. Kerry has been involved in undergraduate nursing education for the past 25 years and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Some of these include the CQUniversity Vice Chancellors Teaching Award in 2008 and 2010, two Australian Learning and Teaching Citations for her outstanding contribution to student learning in 2008 and 2012, was named Pearson/Australian Nurse Teacher Society- Nurse Teacher of the Year in 2009 and in 2012 was awarded and Australian University Teaching Excellence Award. In 2013 Kerry was awarded the Simulation Australia Achievement award.For the past 4 years Kerry has been the recipient of certificates of commendation for Student Voice Awards for CQU Educator of the Year and CQU Distance Educator of the Year.

Kerry has become known nationally and internationally for her pioneering work in creating, designing and researching an innovative simulation strategy which suspends learners in disbelief. The technique is called Mask-Ed (KRS Simulation). Additionally Kerry also works with puppets and has designed a technique called Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation).