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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.

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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

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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?



Dr. Michelle Aebersold is a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Information. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Aebersold is an XR Faculty Innovator in Residence through the University of Michigan XR Initiative. She is the Assistant Editor for Clinical Simulation in Nursing, a former Board member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, and a member of the XRSI Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Aebersold has numerous publications, presents on a variety of topics and is often an invited speaker at international, regional and local conferences. She consults with nursing schools around improving their simulation programs, developing virtual educational assets and other projects.

Mindi Anderson, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN is a Professor and Program Director (Nursing and Health Care Simulation) at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. She has been conducting simulation-based research for about 14 years. One of her interest areas, among simulation and technology, includes virtual simulation.


Kris Skalsky, EdD, MSNEd, RN, is a Professor and the Chair of Scholarship and Research for the American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Post University.  Dr. Skalsky teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program focusing on implementation science, research design and methods, statistical procedures and analyses, and is a chair and committee member for many DNP projects. As a researcher, her focus is on strategies to impact clinical judgment, the process of virtual simulation, and methods to decrease math anxiety and statistical anxiety in nursing students. Dr. Skalsky has presented nationally and internationally on educational strategies to engage learners in statistical courses. Her 20 years of educational experience includes time as a staff educator and a pre- and post-licensure nursing educator. Dr. Skalsky received her EdD in instructional leadership from Argosy University, an M.S. in nursing education, from the University of Phoenix, a BSN from the University of Toledo, and a diploma in nursing from Springfield Community Hospital School of Nursing. 


Dr. Salam Daher is an assistant professor in Informatics and Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a courtesy faculty at University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Nursing. She has a PhD in Modeling and Simulation (UCF, 2018) and a postdoc focusing on healthcare simulation & technology (UCF 2019), an MS in digital arts and sciences (University of Florida Computer and Information Science and Engineering, 2006), and a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics (Lebanese American University 2004). Dr. Daher has more than 5 years industry experience as a multimedia software developer leading multidisciplinary projects in simulation and training. Dr. Daher’s expertise in software development includes Computer Graphics, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR / AR / XR), Digital Media, 3D synthetic environments, interactive 3D virtual humans with animated facial expressions, speech, and body language. Her research focuses on combining technology with healthcare education, simulation, and training for different domains (e.g., military, healthcare, education, STEM).