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Sentinel U®, a division of American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University, has been building digital learning resources and virtual simulations since 2015. In fact, our virtual clinicals are used by more than 200 schools and healthcare organizations across the United States and Canada. We have delivered over 90,000 learner experiences and counting.

Our goal is to advance nursing academic education and healthcare professional training by providing virtual clinicals and simulations that are engaging, effective and economical.

More About 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.


Vice President, Clinical Learning Resources, Sentinel U® 


Nurse Educators from an accredited nursing program with ADN and/or BSN learners.

What are the components of the proposal?

A review committee of nursing education experts will use the following research rubric to score the proposals.

How will the recipients be selected?

When is the submission deadline?

All proposals will be due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30, 2021.

How many will be selected?

At least 5 proposals will be selected.

When will the recipients be notified?

Recipients will be notified on October 20, 2021.

What are some examples of research proposal ideas?

Do virtual simulations increase clinical decision-making/clinical reasoning?

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

Submit Your Proposal

Watch the Latest Information Session with Questions Answered by Dr. Gonzalez

Who is eligible to apply?

Background - 250 words

Study aim or hypothesis - 100 words

Theoretical framework - 250 words

Methods - 250 words

Current references < 5 years

A realistic timeline for completion

Letter of support from institution administration (Dean, Chair, Director, etc.)

Do virtual simulations improve prioritization of care skills?

Does serious gaming improve patient management and delegation skills?

Are virtual simulations perceived as an authentic encounter?

Apply for the Sentinel U®
Nursing Simulation Research Grant

If so, submit a research proposal for the Sentinel U®  Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG) to receive an in-kind grant of Sentinel U® virtual nursing simulations. If your proposal is selected, you will be mentored by Dr. Laura Gonzalez. Your findings will contribute to the body of nursing science and may be eligible for publication.

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?