February 20, 2023By Lance Baily

CE Webinar: Sentinel U Shares Virtual Nursing Simulation Research Grant Findings

To move the healthcare simulation industry forward, research can provide the insights necessary to determine new best practices and more efficient methodologies. Often, medical simulation companies and organizations either present or are presented with grants to enable them to conduct research they feel will have a vast impact on the industry. One such company, Sentinel U, offers a Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG) that provides healthcare simulation learners with valuable mentorship. This HealthySimulation.com article highlights an upcoming HealthySimulation.com LEARN Platform webinar that will discuss the company’s 2022 research grant findings winners.

According to Sentinel U, this year’s research grant was geared toward Advanced Practice educators. The company shared that the winner of the grant will be given the opportunity to utilize the Advanced Practice Series virtual simulations from Sentinel U in-kind to research how clinical simulations can improve learning outcomes for nurse practitioners, physician assistants/associates, and medical learners.

Webinar: The Role of Industry in Improving Virtual Simulation Outcomes Through Research Support | March 1, 2023, 9 A.M. PDT, UTC-8

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Presented by Dr. Laura Gonzalez Ph.D., APRN, CNE, CHSE- A, ANEF, FAAN, this one-hour, intermediate-level CE webinar will detail one-way industry can support nursing research through in-kind unencumbered grants, as well as share examples of recent research updates related to virtual simulation in nursing education through the Sentinel U Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG) program.

Too often the healthcare simulation industry develops products for use with little to no evidence to support efficacy. For faculty to invest and adopt innovative solutions to support learning outcomes such as improved clinical judgment and prioritization skills is paramount. The industry has a responsibility to learners, faculty, and patients. It is in the best interest of the software and simulation developers to support research to establish outcomes.

This not only informs end users and faculty but informs future iterations of the product. One way to see more unbiased research findings is by the establishment of in-kind grants. These unencumbered grants allow researchers to pose important questions and establish outcomes and efficacy. This information benefits all involved and can help with decision-making when adopting a new product. Additionally, this data has the potential to influence the administration when vying for limited resources.

This online seminar will detail an initiative to support unencumbered in-kind research proposals and make recommendations for best practices. The webinar will also showcase examples of such industry-supported virtual nursing simulation research such as the four 2022 awards provided by Sentinel U to four Nurse Educators, also known as the Sentinel U Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG) program.

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These grants will allow investigators to utilize the company’s cutting-edge virtual simulation products to conduct valuable research in advanced nursing education. Learning objectives included in this webinar are to:

1. Understand the role of the ed-tech industry in contributing to nursing science.
2. Share a unique initiative that provides in-kind grants to use virtual simulation products for research.
3. Discuss recommendations for industry, end-users, and facilitators on learning and performance.

More About the Presenter

Dr. Laura Gonzalez is the VP of Clinical Learning Resources at Sentinel U. She is the president of INACSL and a recognized simulation expert. She holds the prestigious certification of advanced certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE-A). In the fall of 2020, she was recognized by the prestigious American Academy of Nurses as a Fellow (FAAN). She is also a fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators (ANEF).

Her nursing career focuses on advancing the science of nursing education through the use of simulation and its impact on learner outcomes. Dr.Gonzalez 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 is one of several scientists to have two patents. She is a seasoned nurse educator with experience teaching across the curriculum including live, hybrid, online, and synchronous delivery methods

Past Sentinel U Research Grant Findings

In 2022, Sentinel U’s second annual simulation research grant program followed the success of the company’s 2021 program and selected four projects across the U.S. and Australia for the SUNSRG program. This included two HBCU research teams at Prairie View A&M University and the University of the District of Columbia, as well as Texas Woman’s University, the largest state-supported university primarily for women in the U.S.

Last year’s program utilized the company’s Advanced Practice Series virtual simulation. The researchers sought to validate the product’s effectiveness in strengthening diagnostic acumen and patient care management knowledge while assessing the product’s viability as a tool for nurse practitioners (NPs) to demonstrate competency prior to entering a clinical setting.

In 2021, Sentinel U awarded seven nurse educators with simulation research grants, utilizing cutting-edge virtual simulation products such as Sentinel City v.5, Prioritization of Care, and Patient Management and Delegation®. Grant recipients included a variety of nursing schools and hospital systems, including Prairie View A&M University and Mayo Clinic.

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About Sentinel U

Sentinel U is a leading provider of healthcare simulations and learning innovations for nursing learners and healthcare professionals. The company’s authentic virtual simulations and clinical experiences are the best practice in engaging learners in real-world scenarios to gain unparalleled clinical judgment and critical thinking experience. A division of the American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University, Sentinel U is an industry leader in virtual simulation education for more than 130,000 learner experiences worldwide.

An award-winning industry disruptor building digital learning resources and virtual simulations for academic/professional settings since 2015, Sentinel U was named 2022 “EdTech Company of the Year” by the Global Business Tech Awards. The company also was recognized by The Stevie® Awards as a 2022 Gold winner for Best Virtual Learning Solution and received the 2022 APEX Award for “Publication Excellence” for its rebrand campaign.

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