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Student research on sleep deprivation among ICU patients to be featured at annual forum

Washburn University student Sarah Hayden, of Waukee, Iowa will present a research poster, "Physical and Psychological Effects of Sleep Deprivation on ICU Patients," at The Washburn Apeiron:  A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 18.

Hayden is a senior and is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree. She is a member of Mortar Board and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies.

In the research abstract, she noted: "Sleep deprivation in the intensive care unit setting is a common concern for critically ill patients. Healthcare professionals, however, tend to become desensitized to the critical care environment and merely see sleep deprivation as secondary to needing intensive care. Although there is a large body of research on the negative physical and psychological effects of sleep disturbances, few clinical changes have been implemented. This educational development literature review was performed to promote evidence-based practice in regards to sleep-promoting nursing interventions. The findings from my research will be presented to critical care nursing staff at a local hospital to enhance patient care quality in clinical practice."

This presentation will fulfill a portion of the Washburn Transformational Experience opportunity, for which Hayden must demonstrate excellence in scholarly and creative activity, community service, leadership or international education. The WTE was established to provide baccalaureate students with the opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning designed to complement traditional college studies.

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study.  Seventy-one students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances. To learn more, please visit   


Contact: Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711