Are you hearing or listening to the patient’s story?

Professor Kerry Reid-Searl1, Professor Keryln Carville

1 CQUniversity Australia
2 Curtin University WA



Stomal therapy nurses play an integral part in facilitating a person to manage their lives whilst experiencing a stoma. Understanding the person as a unique individual is important step that the nurse needs to make and part of that involves not just hearing the persons’ story but truly listening.


The aim of this presentation is to present to the audience a simulation experience using Mask Ed (KRS Simulation) and Pup Ed (KRS Simulation) which will showcase the role of the stomal therapy nurse as they prepare two clients Mr Eddie Reid and Simon Richie-Seal on their journeys in living with a stoma. The presentation will highlight not only effective communication through listening to the persons story but also consideration for the learning needs of clients and how best to address these as a nurse. The final part of the presentation will highlight to the audience the key elements and underlying pedagogy of Mask Ed (KRS Simulation) and Pup Ed (KRS Simulation).


Stomal therapy nurses play and essential role in facilitating a positive journey for the person experiencing a stoma. Understanding the individual and their learning needs begins with listening to the persons’ story. As nurses we need to consider innovations in the way we meet the needs of clients especially in the area of education. Both Mask Ed (KRS Simulation) and Pup Ed (KRS Simulation) are examples of nurses thinking outside the box in terms of engaging with persons such as those experiencing a stoma.


Stomal therapy nurses can facilitate a positive journey for the person experiencing a stoma through listening to their story and hearing what their needs are.


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).


Keryln has extensive clinical experience and is committed to research and education within the domains of wound and ostomy care. She is Chair of the Wounds Australia Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Australia Wound Standards Committee and Chairs the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. She was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association now Wounds Australia) in 2006 and Life Membership of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses in 2015. She is a lead researcher in the Silver Chain and Curtin University Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) projects.


This conference is proudly hosted by the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses:

One of the Association's major objectives is the promotion of quality care for a wide range of people with specific needs. These needs may be related to ostomy construction, urinary or faecal incontinence, wounds with or without tube insertion and breast surgery.

Patients/clients across the life span are provided with preventative, acute, rehabilitative and continuing care as required. Another objective is the maintenance and improvement of professional standards in relation to Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice to the highest degree possible. Recognition of the need for and encouragement of the development of specialist expertise in the field of Stomal Therapy Nursing underpins the Standards for Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice.

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