Caitlin Rawlins, BSN, RN
Veterans Health Administration, XR Network
Caitlin Rawlins has been a nurse for over 10 years, the last 5 spent with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2017, Ms. Rawlins initiated the first positive distraction-focused VR program for pain and anxiety management for post-operative patients in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Since that time, Ms. Rawlins has received multiple grants to expand the project, diffusion support, and has published two manuscripts about clinical outcomes and program development. She now aids in leading VHA Innovation as an Innovation Specialist, co-lead of the VHA Extended Reality (XR) Network, and detailed XR Specialist for VHA Innovation Ecosystem. As VHA XR Network co-lead, she has supported the expansion of XR technology use from one VA facility to over 160 and network engagement of more than 1,200 VA employees. Recently, Ms. Rawlins was awarded 2022 G2Xchange Disruptive Tech Program Award and, along with other OHIL Immersive Tech team members, was a recipient of the 2022 Service to the Citizen Award.