Make Your Mark on Simulation Education!


SentinelU-SUNSRG-III-Nurse-VectorThe Sentinel U Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG) is your opportunity to research how virtual simulations can improve learning outcomes for nursing programs, nurse practitioners, physician assistant/associate, and medical student learners.

The entire portfolio of virtual simulations offered by Sentinel U is available for use. The research proposal(s) chosen will receive the product (in-kind) and be required to execute a research study and share the findings. Proposal chosen will be expected to start the study Spring 2024.

Submit your proposal below, and if yours is selected, Dr. Laura Gonzalez will personally mentor you in producing research that will contribute to nursing science and education – and may even be eligible for publication!


About Laura Gonzalez

Ph.D., APRN, CNE, CHSE- A, ANEF, FAAN, Vice President, Clinical Learning Resources, Sentinel U

SentinelU-Laura-GonzalezDr. 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 including live, hybrid, online, and synchronous delivery methods.

The Details

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Nurse Educators from an accredited nursing program with ADN and/or BSN learners.
  • Advanced Practice Educators from an accredited program with NP, PA, or medical student learners.
  • Healthcare organizations with a nurse residency who are looking for ways to further workforce development.

How will the recipients be selected?

  • A review committee of simulation education experts will use this research rubric to score the proposals.

How many will be selected?

  • At least 5 proposals will be selected.

What is the deadline to submit a proposal?

  • All proposals will be due by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 30, 2023.

When will the recipients be notified?

  • Recipients will be notified the week of November 13, 2023.

What are the components of the proposal?

  1. Background - 250 words
  2. Study aim or hypothesis - 100 words
  3. Theoretical framework - 250 words
  4. Methods - 250 words
  5. 3-5 references (< 5 years)
  6. A realistic timeline for completion
  7. Letter of support from institution administration (Dean, Chair, Director, etc.)

What are some examples of research proposal ideas?

  1. Do virtual simulations increase clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning?
  2. Do virtual simulations improve patient management?
  3. Do virtual simulations prepare learners for clinical placement?
  4. Are virtual simulations perceived as an authentic encounter?

IRB should be submitted by the host institution; approval is not required for submission.

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Proposal Reviewers

Proposals will be reviewed by an independent committee of esteemed professionals. Upon completion of the study, researchers agree to submit a report of their findings, including outcomes and statistical significance where appropriate. 

Michelle Aebersold
University of Michigan

Mindi Anderson
University of Central Florida

Salam Daher
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Kristine Skalsky
Ed.D., MSN, RN
American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University


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