Professor Kerry Reid-Searl (AM) has been involved in the CQUniversity undergraduate nursing program for the past 30 years. She is currently the Deputy Dean of Simulation in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences. Kerry is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.
Her current simulation work is focused on patient safety and strategies for 'the teacher in role'. In particular, she works with silicone humanistic props and has designed a unique modality in simulation called Mask-Ed (KRS Simulation). Mask-Ed stands for masking the educator, whilst KRS represents knowledgeable, realistic and spontaneous simulation. The technique is now gaining National and International reputation as reflected in her extensive invitations to present her work in Australia, New-Zealand, Japan, the USA and the UK. Kerry has also extended her work with puppets and has called the technique Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation). Together with Melbourne based Puppeteer, Richard Mueck, Kerry has designed a world first silicone procedural puppet which allows children to simulate medical procedures on a puppet.
Kerry works with undergraduate and post graduate students. She has been the recipient of extensive National teaching awards. She is the author and co-author of numerous nursing text books which are utilized by nursing students across Australian and New-Zealand. She has also been included in the Who's Who of Australian Women for the past six years. In 2019 Kerry was recognized for her contribution to nursing education in Australia being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.
Kerry has a strong interest in research. She has been the recipient of numerous grants. Her topics include simulation, patient safety, aged care and paediatrics. She supervises higher degree students and has successful completions at Masters and PhD level.
Kerry also a strong interest in international placements for students. For the past 8 years she has been involved with supervising students in Nepal and working to establish relationships with Fishtail Hospital, Pokhara University and the Lions Club of Pokhara. Kerry has been involved in the setting up of community projects within Nepal for students to gain experience in.
Kerry is based at the CQUniversity Rockhampton campus. She lives on the Capricorn coast. In her spare time she enjoys sea kayaking, pottery, camping, ukele, music and taking every opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
Professor Kerry Reid-Searl (AM) grew up in Tasmania and undertook her initial nursing preparation at St Johns hospital in Tasmania. Having completed her general certificate she then moved to Queensland and spent several years working in the Torres Strait Islands including Saibai, Boigu, Kubin, Maubiag, Murray,Yorke and Badu, in the role of a remote area nurse.
Kerry then travelled extensively overseas, seeking out adventures including kayaking throughout the Fijian Islands and walking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, before returning to Australia to undertake her midiwifery preparation in Townsville. Upon completion of her midwifery qualifications she worked in the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg.
Kerry relocated to Rockhampton in 1990 where she began working in the medical ward of Rockhampton Hospital and was casually employed at the Mater Hospital. It was also at this time that Kerry commenced her work at CQUniversity (29 years ago) with the very first cohort of undergraduate nursing students. Since then she has been involved in many facets of the nursing program including curriculum design and delivery, course and program coordination, clinical coordination, international clinical placement supervision, Discipline Head, Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching, Deputy Head of Program, Relieving Dean and currently the Deputy Dean of simulation in the school of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences.
Most recently Kerry has led the development and creation of simulation teaching modalities termed Mask-Ed and Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation) which has now gained national and international recognition. She has implemented the technique in numerous universities and health care organizations nationally and internationally.
Kerry has developed a strong reputation in the nursing profession and has authored and co-authored several text books and published journal articles.
Kerry has extensive teaching experience and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. These include CQUniversity Opal Awards for Excellence in Engagement, Student Voice Awards, two Vice Chancellors Teaching Awards, two Faculty of Science Engineering and Health teaching award, two Australian Learning and Teaching Citations for her outstanding contribution to student learning. She was named Pearson/Australian Nurse Teacher Society- Nurse Teacher of the Year in 2009 and has received an Australian University Teaching Excellence Award. In 2013 Kerry received the Simulation Australia Achievement Award. Kerry has been awarded three CQUniversity Opal Awards for Engaged Service, Research and Innovation. In 2019 she was recognized for her service to Nursing Education being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.
Kerry continues to explore every opportunity to bring innovation in to her learning and teaching spaces. She is presently the Deputy Dean of Simulation in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences. Kerry currently supervises higher degree students and is the Chief Investigator and Co Investigator of several research projects focusing on simulation and patient safety. Kerry continues to remain up-to-date with clinical practice in Queensland Health. Kerry also has strong links in the community and is involved in a variety of community engagement activities including human relationship education with primary school children.
Kerry has been directly involved in social innovation activities in Nepal and in particular Fishtail Hospital and Pokhara University. Kerry has supervised student placements in Nepal since 2008.
Kerry also sits on many committees at CQUniversity including Academic Board. In 2018 Kerry was appointed as an Adjunct Professor to Monash University.
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2019- Awarded Member of the Order of Australia for Contribution to Nursing Education.
2018- CQUniversity Opal Award for Excellence in Engagement; Innovation and Research.
2017- CQUniversity Opal Award for Excellence in Engagement; Innovation and Research.
2015- Student Voice Award Commendation: Educator of the Year and Distance Educator of the Year.
2015- CQUniversity Opal Award for Excellence in Engagement; Service- 'Outward Bound Nepal Experience'.
2015- CQUniversity Opal Award for Excellence in Engagement; Innovation and Research- Pup Ed (KRS Simulation) 'From little things big things grow'.
2014- Student Voice Award Commendation: Educator of the Year and Distance Educator of the Year.
2013- Simulation Australia Achievement Award.
2012 - Australian University Teaching Excellence Award
2012 - Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2012 - CQUniversity Tier 1 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award
2011 - Australian Educational Publishing Award in the category of Tertiary (adaptation)
2010 - Central Queensland University Vice- Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence - Teacher of the Year
2010 - Faculty of Science Engineering and Health – Faculty Teaching Award
2009 - Pearson/Australian Nurse Teacher Society - Nurse Teacher of the Year
2009 - CQUniversity Lecturer of the Year – ranked 3rd (Unijobs.com.au)
2009 - Awarded a Best Paper at the 3rd International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato Italy
2009 - Awarded Best Paper for Innovation at Queensland Health Conference, Brisbane Queensland
2008 - Admission as a Fellow to the College of Nursing- Australia
2008 - Australian Teaching and Learning Council Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning
2008 - CQUniversity Lecturer of the Year – ranked 1st (Unijobs.com.au)
2007 - CQUniversity Lecturer of the Year – ranked 3rd (Unijobs.com.au)
2007 - Central Queensland University-Vice- Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence- Teacher of the Year
2007 - Faculty of Science Engineering and Health – Faculty Teaching Award
2006 - Central Queensland University Nominee AUTC Institutional Award
1992 - Recipient of Faculty of Health Science CQU Staff Prize - most outstanding student
1992 - Faculty of Health Science CQU Medal – highest GPA in the BHlth Sc Nursing Program
1988 - Mavis Hughes Award - Best Theoretical and Practical Midwifery Student
Academic Career History
Academic (Level A) Undergraduate Nursing Program, (On & Off campus), CQUniversity (Rockhampton)
Academic (Level B) Undergraduate Nursing Program, Director of Clinical Education, CQUniversity (Rockhampton)
2004 - 2007
Academic (Level B) Undergraduate Nursing Program, Midwifery Program, CQUniversity (Rockhampton)
Academic (Level C) Undergraduate Nursing Program, CQUniversity (Rockhampton)
Academic (Level D Associate Professor, Assistant Dean Simulation, School of Nursing & Midwifery, CQUniversity (Rockhampton)
Academic (Level E Professor, Deputy Head of Programme, Professor of Simulation, School of Nursing & Midwifery, CQUniversity Australia.
Clinical Career History
2003 - 2018
Part time Registered Nurse/ Midwife, Paediatrics, CQ Health Service District (Rockhampton)
2000 - 2003
Casual Educator, Family Planning Australia
1998 - 2003
Casual Registered Nurse/ Midwife, Mater Private Hospital, (Rockhampton)
1992 - 1999
Casual Registered Nurse/ Midwife, Rockhampton Hospital (Rockhampton)
1990 - 1991
Registered nurse/ Midwife, Rockhampton Base Hospital (Rockhampton)
1988 - 1990
Remote Area Nurse / Midwife, Cherbourg Hospital and Wondai Hospital
1987 - 1988
Student Midwife, Kirwan Hospital for Women (Townsville)
1983 - 1986
Remote Area Nurse - Torres Strait Queensland
Kerry Reid-Searl is responsible for the following areas/duties:
Kerry counts the following among her key achievements:
Kerry is currently involved with the International Editorial Reviewer Board of Clinical Nursing Studies.
Kerry currently provides consultancy advice related to the delivery of workshops and presentations around the Mask-Ed (KRS Simulation) and Pup-ED (KRS Simulation) programs. Kerry also is a well known speaker Nationally and Internationally in Simulation and Innovation.
Nursing - Nursing not elsewhere classified
Kerry has research interests in simulation, medication safety, nursing education, peadiatrics and wound care.