Laura Gonzalez PhD, ARNP, CNE, CHSE-A

One of only 28 certified advanced healthcare 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

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

  • 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

  • Badowski, D., Horsley, L., Rossler, K., Mariani, B., & Gonzalez, L. (2018). Electronic charting during simulation: A descriptive study. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. Advance online publication.

  • Bourgault, A., Gonzalez, L., Aguirre, L., & Ibrahim, J. (2018). CORTRAK-assisted feeding tube insertion competency assessment: Superuser training recommendations. American Journal of Critical Care, 27(3), 6-7.

  • Díaz, D., Maruca, A., Hoyt, E., Gonzalez, L., Stockmann, C., & Blackwell, C. (2017). Simulation design: Addressing care of a transgender patient. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(9), 452-459.

  • Díaz, D., Maruca, A., Gonzalez, L., Stockmann, C., & Hoyt, E. (2017). Using simulation to address care of the transgender patient in nursing curricula. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 3(2), 65-69.

  • Gonzalez, L., & Allred, K. (2017). A collaborative approach to simulation development. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhance Learning, 3(4), 159-162.

  • Gonzalez, L., Bourgault, A.M., & Aguirre, L. (2018). Varying levels of fidelity on psychomotor skill attainment: A CORTRAK product assessment. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 4(3), 141-145.

  • Gonzalez, L., & Kardong-Edgren, S. (2017). Deliberate practice for mastery learning. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(1), 10-14.

  • Maruca, A., Díaz. D., Stockmann, C., & Gonzalez, L. (2018). Using simulation with nursing students to promote affirmative practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population: A multisite study. Nursing Education Perspectives, 39(4), 225-229.

  • 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). 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.

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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