Samantha McCormack, who teaches wound care techniques at Bucks New University, has become the first simulation technician to gain recognition as a “professional scientist”.
Ms McCormack, who has been at the university since 2011, has been given “registered scientist recognition” by the Science Council.
“She has made a real difference in developing the confidence of our student nurses”
The accolade is an independent recognition of achieving and maintaining the standards required to join the global community of professional scientists.
Ms McCormack, simulation and skills facilities team leader, is credited with leading the university in “moulage” – the art of applying mock, and often gorily realistic, injuries for training purposes.
She said: “I am delighted to have been awarded the registered scientist recognition from the Science Council and I am especially proud to be the first simulation technician to have received it.”
She noted that her inspiration for introducing moulage occurred when she heard a lecturer telling students to “imagine” a wound on a simulation mannequin.
“I thought there had to be a more effective form of learning experience than just asking them to use their imaginations,” she said.
Nursing educator gains breakthrough ‘scientist recognition’
“I researched the available training, submitted a business case and secured funding from the university to complete a casualty make-up course,” she said.
“I use my moulage skills to apply wounds, scars and burns to volunteers. It’s much better for them to have that reaction with a volunteer than to risk offending actual patients,” she added.
Ms McCormack has also just been awarded a Distinction Masters in Medical and Healthcare Simulation from the University of Hertfordshire, following three years of part-time study.
Sue West, dean of society and health studies at the university, said: “We are very proud of Sam’s achievement, she has made a real difference in developing the confidence of our student nurses.”