MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) is an innovative high fidelity simulation technique which involves the use of silicone props, including masks, torsos, hands and feet. The props are worn over the informed educator to mask them. The hidden educator then transforms into a character/person with a history/story which is relevant to the learning experience. The character serves as a platform for teaching. KRS stands for knowledgeable, realistic and spontaneous simulation.

The MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) includes:

  • Preparation of educators as to the MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) approach
  • Preparation of educators to implement MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation)
  • Guidance for the development and creation of characters that bring MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) to life
  • Guidance and direction for integration into curricula
  • The provision of silicone props for use and the care

Kerry Reid-Searl developed MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) while teaching undergraduate nursing students at CQUniversity Rockhampton, Queensland. The MASK-ED™ (KRS simulation) educational approach has applications in many fields besides nursing, and in many contexts in addition to tertiary education.

Simulation Patient Volunteer Program

Play a role in preparing future nurses and volunteer to become a Simulated Patient. As a Simulated Patient you will help CQUni student nurses learn how to provide health care to real patients during their clinical work. We are looking for a wide range of demographics and volunteers with diverse life experiences to participate at one of our CQUni campuses, details are below.


July to September 2022


Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Hamilton, Mackay, Port Headland, Port Pirie, Rockhampton and Townsville

What’s involved

You will be invited to attend simulated patient sessions and be provided a medical scenario to act out. Training will be provided in the lead up and we are looking for authentic patients so no acting experience required.

Extra information

Participation in the Simulated Patient Program is voluntary. We appreciate as much time as you can spare and will work around your availability. Volunteers are able to withdraw from the program at any time.


If you are interested in participating, please complete the Simulation Patient Volunteer Program Expression of Interest form.