South Carolina Nurse Educator Recognized for Creating and Promoting Simulation

WATERBURY, CT (February 15, 2022) – Sentinel U®, a provider of web-based simulation education technology solutions for nursing schools, hospital systems and healthcare professionals, has selected Jana Wheeler, DNP, APRN, CHSE, as the first quarter finalist for its 2022 Simulation Star of the Year Award program, which recognizes the nation’s most influential and impactful nurse educator. The simulation lab coordinator and assistant professor of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) was chosen because of her capability, commitment, and creativity.

“We are fortunate that there are so many incredibly talented and passionate nurse educators working in the simulation field today,” said Dr. Laura Gonzalez, vice president of clinical learning resources at Sentinel U. “Selecting a finalist was certainly a challenge, but Dr. Wheeler stood out amongst the nominees because of how she has embraced the full potential of simulation.”

Dr. Wheeler received two nominations from colleagues who admire her passion for healthcare simulation education, with one noting that Dr. Wheeler is currently working on a simulation textbook. She also is credited with developing and co-teaching a course with the theater department to promote simulation and train standardized patients.

“Dr. Wheeler is always striving to make simulation better in every course. The students come away from sim energized and excited,’” said Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Innovation Kimberly Dudas, Ph.D., RN-BC, CNE in her nomination. “She is extraordinarily creative in designing sims and making them more realistic.”

Associate Professor Lee-Ann Halbert, EdD, CNM, CNE, recognized her colleague’s deft handling of debriefing as a key component of simulation.

“I have seen Dr. Wheeler debrief students in a manner that is respectful of their feelings while providing necessary feedback,” said Dr. Halbert. “There is no one on this faculty who has more empathy for the students than Dr. Wheeler.”

Dr. Wheeler is the first finalist vying for the 2022 Simulation Star of the Year Award. Sentinel U will invite the nursing community to vote for their favorite finalist during Healthcare Simulation Week in September. The winner will receive a beautiful crystal award and a $200 Visa Gift Card.

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Sentinel U is a leading provider of health care simulations and learning innovations for nursing students and healthcare professionals. Its authentic virtual simulations and clinical experiences are the best practice in engaging learners in real-world scenarios to gain unparalleled clinical judgement and critical thinking experience. A division of American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University, Sentinel U is an industry leader in virtual simulation education for more than 130,000 learner experiences worldwide. To learn more about Sentinel U and its full portfolio of virtual simulation products, visit


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