Emeritus Professor Kerry Reid-Searl AM

PhD, MClin Ed, BHlth Sc, RM, RM



Adjunct Professor

Emeritus Professor Reid-Searl is currently an adjunct professor at CQUniversity and a rural and remote nurse educator in Queensland Health.

Kerry is well known for her innovations in nursing education. Kerry’s 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 has gained 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. Most recently Kerry has designed and created a resource for children to address encopresis. The resource is called ‘The Poop it Kit’ and contains books, a game and toilet door poster and is already gaining national recognition.

Kerry has been the recipient of extensive National teaching awards. She is the author and co-author of numerous journal articles and nursing text books which are utilised 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 recognised 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.

Research interests

  • Simulation
  • Medication safety
  • Nursing education
  • Paediatrics
  • Wound care