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Mask-ed: breaking the barrier of fear of intimate care for nursing students


Reid-Searl, K and O'Neill, KA, Mask-ed: breaking the barrier of fear of intimate care for nursing students, Journal of Nursing Education, 56, (9) pp. 572-574. ISSN 1938-2421 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: doi:10.3928/01484834-20170817-12


Background: Nursing students learn to toilet, shower, and dress patients in the clinical laboratory with simulation modalities that lack the realism necessary to address the fears, values, and beliefs of nudity and intimate contact with patients.

Methods: A high-fidelity Mask-Edô (KRS [Knowledgeable, Realistic, Spontaneous] simulation) intervention was developed and piloted with first-year nursing students around patient showering to increase confidence and skills around intimate care.

Results: Students initially felt intimidated, awkward, nervous, and anxious about showering patients; however, after the Mask-Ed simulation, 93% reported feeling more confident and having insight into the patient experience. The realism of the scenario was a contributing factor.

Conclusion:Conclusions:around intimate care that help students prepare, on many levels, for their initial clinical experiences.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health inequalities
UTAS Author:Reid-Searl, K (Professor Kerry Reid-Searl)
ID Code:153902
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-10-14
Last Modified:2022-10-19

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