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Sentinel U® Nursing Simulation Research Grant

Are you a nurse educator that wants to be at the forefront of virtual simulation?

Do you want to know if virtual simulations improve learning outcomes? Are you interested in conducting research to find out? If so, you’ll have an opportunity to apply for the next Sentinel U® Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG) to receive an in-kind grant for Sentinel U virtual nursing simulations in 2023. If your proposal is selected, you will be mentored by Dr. Laura Gonzalez and your findings may be eligible for publication.

Check Out the 2021-2022 SUNSRG Findings

Discover how six diverse organizations conducted unique research on how utilizing virtual simulations in their educational curriculum and training programs improved clinical learning outcomes with their nursing learners.

2021-2022 Findings Overview


Sentinel U has awarded two educational institutes and one hospital in-kind research grants, which will begin January 2024. This year’s research grant offers the use of the entire Sentinel U portfolio across both clinical and academic settings. Learn more about the Grant recipients:

See SUNSRG III Winners

About Dr. Laura Gonzalez

Vice President, Healthcare Innovations, Sentinel U®

Dr. Gonzalez is an internationally recognized simulation expert. She is one of 76 advanced certified healthcare simulation educators (CHSE-A) globally. In the fall of 2020, she was recognized by the prestigious American Academy of Nurses as a Fellow (FAAN). She is the 2021 President-Elect for INACSL. She is also a fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators (ANEF). Her professional nursing and academic career focus is on advancing the science of nursing education through the use of simulation and its impact on learner outcomes. She has a very specific body of work that has resulted in over 20 data-based manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and one clinical skills textbook. She was Co-PI on a large interprofessional grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her team was able to demonstrate that learners were more engaged and had a higher sense of urgency when interacting with the augmented virtual reality simulator. Her article on deliberate practice reached a readership milestone. She is one of several scientists to have two patents: Detecting Sterile Field Events and Related Methods and Virtual Patients. Lastly, she is a seasoned nurse educator with experience teaching across the curriculum to include live, hybrid, online, and synchronous delivery methods.