Nursing teacher takes time
CQUNIVERSITY’S Dr Kerry Reid-Searl is one of the best nursing teachers in Australia with some special tricks up her sleeve.
Just ask Dudley. He’s a humorous old fellow who is very supportive of nursing students.
Dudley is one of the characters Kerry has created to simulate the different types of patients nurses encounter.
Using some amazingly life-like latex masks, Kerry’s innovative style has captured the imagination of students and experts alike.
It’s just one of the projects she’s driven that have led to her being recognised as the inaugural educator of the year by leading academic publisher Pearson and the Australian Nurse Teachers’ Society.
As a teacher in the undergraduate nursing program at CQUniversity for the past 18 years, Kerry has earned a reputation as someone who has been able to make a difference to the learning journey.
“I take time to know the students and understand their learning experiences,” said Dr Reid-Searl who only returned from Nepal on Monday where she took a group of 24 students.
“I have learnt over the years that the most important aspect is connecting with students in order to shape their learning and make a difference.”
Kerry, who works at Rockhampton Hospital one day a week in the paediatric ward, has already gained several teaching awards, including the Vice Chancellor’s award for Teacher of the Year in 2007, a Science, Engineering and Health Faculty Teaching Award in 2007 and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for her outstanding contribution to student learning.
Last year, she was named CQUniversity’s Teacher of the Year as voted by students.
Kerry has contributed significantly towards medication safety and undergraduate nursing students.
Her work in this area has led to numerous international publications and conference presentations.
She has also been a part of an authoring team for several nursing text books.