Laura Gonzalez, an assistant professor in the UCF College of Nursing, has been named the interim director for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance effective Nov. 1. She was appointed by Mary Lou Brunell, director of the Florida Center for Nursing.

As a statewide organization, the FSHA’s purpose is to provide and enhance patient safety for all Floridians by expanding and advancing the use of all forms of simulation in academic settings, healthcare institutions, and agencies. Dr. Gonzalez says the alliance is also looking to collaborate beyond the state of Florida.

“FHSA will soon be providing training at all levels that includes best practice recommendations, standardization, opportunities for networking, and collaboration,” she said.

Gonzalez is a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning board of directors. She is also an active leader in the FHSA East Central Region. Her research studies focus on the use of simulation and innovative technologies to prepare future nurses and ensure improved patient outcomes.

“I am excited to pursue this opportunity in addition to my faculty role,” said Gonzalez. “I am a passionate proponent of simulation.”

UCF College of Nursing Interim Dean Mary Lou Sole believes the selection of Gonzalez acknowledges her expertise as a state and national leader in the field.

“At this level, Laura will be able to effect change and coordinate efforts to promote high-quality health care simulation across the state” Sole said. “It will also benefit students by having faculty with influence at state and national levels.”

Article Written by Ivanna Alayon