Laura Gonzalez, Ph.D., APRN, CNE, CHSE- A, ANEF, FAAN

Vice President, Clinical Learning Resources at SentinelU
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Vice President, Clinical Learning Resources

As a lifelong learner, Dr. Laura Gonzalez is uniquely suited for her role as vice president of Clinical Learning Resources. In this position she focuses on product innovation and forecasting future trends, ensuring that Sentinel U® remains at the forefront of simulation education technology.

Considered an early adopter of simulation, Dr. Gonzalez has been advocating for its use in nursing education for the past 20 years. Her specific body of work has resulted in more than 20 data-based manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and one clinical skills textbook. Her work as co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation interprofessional grant helped demonstrate that learners were more engaged and had a higher sense of urgency when interacting with an augmented virtual reality simulator.

Recognized as a world-renowned simulation expert, Dr. Gonzalez holds numerous highly acclaimed appointments and honors. She is one of only 83 advanced certified healthcare simulation educators (CHSE-A) globally. Additionally, she currently serves as president-elect for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. Dr. Gonzalez is also a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nurses (FAAN) and the Academy of Nurse Educators (ANEF). She is privileged to have been on a team of scientists to receive two patents in augmented reality: System for Detecting Sterile Field Events and Related Methods and a Physical-Virtual Patient Bed System.

Dr. Gonzalez began her studies at Hunter College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Dr. Gonzalez holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida. While working as a nursing instructor at the University of South Florida, she received her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida.

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