Laura Gonzalez PhD, ARNP, CNE, CHSE-A

One of only 28 certified advanced health care simulation educators worldwide, Dr. Gonzalez research focuses on the use of simulation and innovative technologies to prepare future nurses and ensure improved patient outcomes. This includes the examination of the 1) use of aseptic technique, and the prevention of skill decay 2) use of high-fidelity simulation to close the graduate nurse to professional nurse gap.

Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator, Bridging the Gap: Integration of High-Fidelity Simulation in Nursing Curricula to Increase Transfer of Knowledge and Skills to the Workforce, Florida Blue Foundation ($40,000).

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Physical-Virtual Patient Bed for Healthcare Training and Assessment, National Science Foundation ($894,431).

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Assessment of Neurologic Symptomatology Using an Interactive Physical-Virtual Head with Touch, UCF Foundation ($900).

  • Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative, HRSA Grant Award U1KHP18286-01-00, Summer 2010; PI- Laura Gonzalez, Co-PI Denise Passmore.

  • The Effect of a Virtual Community on work-Life, Recruitment and Retention among Nursing Faculty, Co-PI, in conjunction with Jean Giddens University of New Mexico. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009-2010.

  • Immersive Virtual Reality in Critical Care Education for Nursing Students, Resulted in development of nasogastric tube (NGT) insertion simulator. *Still in use today. Internal Funding; University of South Florida funding, 2005.

Selected Publications

  • Hochreiter, J., Daher, S., Nagendran, A., Gonzalez, L., & Welch, G. (2016). Optical touch sensing on nonparametric rear-projection surfaces for interactive physical-virtual experiences. Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments, 25(1), 33-46.

  • Hochreiter, J., Daher, S., Nagendran, A., Gonzalez, L., & Welch, G. (2015, March). Touch sensing on non-parametric rear-projection surfaces: A physical-virtual head for hands-on healthcare training. Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality Annual International Symposium, 2015, 69-74.

  • Sonesh, S., Gregory, M., Hughes, A., Feitosa, J., Benishek, L., Verhoeven, D., Patzer, B., Salazar, M., Gonzalez, L., & Salas, E. (2015) Team training in obstetrics: A multi-level evaluation. Family, Systems and Health, 33(3), 250-261.

  • Welch, G., Hochreiter, J. Daher, S., Nagendran, A., & Gonzalez, L. (2015). Touch sensing on non-parametric rear projection surfaces: A physical-virtual head for hands on healthcare training. Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality. 69-74. March 23-27 Arles, France.

  • Gonzalez, L., Aebersold, M. & Fenske, C.L. (2014) Diffusion of Innovation: Barriers to faculty adoption. CIN: Computers, Informatics in Nursing, May, 32(5), 201-2015.

  • Gonzalez, L. & Sole, M. (2014). Urinary catheterization skills: One simulated check-off is not enough. Journal of Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(9), 455-460.

  • Boese, T., Cato, M., Gonzalez, L., Jones, A., Kennedy, K., Reese, C., Decker, S., Franklin, A. E., Gloe, D., Lioce, L., Meakim, C., Sando, C.R., & Borum, J.C. (2013, June). Standards of Best Practice: Simulation Standard V: Facilitator. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9(6S), S22-S25.

  • Gonzalez, L. & Giddens, J. (2012). The use of innovative technologies as a strategy to ensure Hispanic nursing student success. In A. M. Villarruel and S. Torres (Eds.), Hispanic Voices: Progreso, Poder, y Promesa (pp.123-135). New York: National League for Nursing.

  • Gonzalez, L. & Fenske, CL. (2012). Use of a Virtual Community to Contextualize Learning Activities for Nursing Education. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(1) 38-41.

  • Gonzalez, L. (2012). Simulation Workshop in Pan-America: Lessons Learned Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, May/June 2012, 8(5) e177-e180.

Professional Organizations

  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL), Board Member and Vice President of Programs

  • Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance, Interim Director

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), On-site Accreditation Evaluator

  • Southern Nursing Research Society

  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare

  • Sigma Theta Tau International

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