Description of Sleep Quality and Behaviors in Baccalaureate Nursing Students
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Honors Theses; 2010
Sleep is a critical part of maintaining overall health, regardless of a person’s age, sex or ethnicity. It not only gives the body a chance to rest, but it also allows for the mind to build pathways necessary to learn and create memories. Neglecting to get the recommended amount of sleep per night has a negative impact on next day functioning, and also can be detrimental to long term health. Because of the correlation between sleep and memory formation and learning, sleep is of particular importance to college students. A specific subset of college students is baccalaureate nursing students. Nursing students have a rigorous course load, which necessitates adequate sleep. The purpose of the study is to describe sleep behavior and sleep quality in baccalaureate nursing students. This will be a single-group descriptive cross-sectional design. The study will use an investigator-designed electronic survey delivered through the Checkbox survey site. Checkbox was selected as the system provides the required data-protection mechanisms. The highly recognized and utilized Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) will be used to collect the data. The PSQI evaluates sleep quality for the previous month. The data will be collected from the survey site and imported into SPSS 17.0. The data will be evaluated for completeness. Descriptive statistics will be generated for the data. Exploratory analysis will then be conducted to determine if differences exist between levels in reports of sleep quality and behaviors. Anticipated findings include reported insufficient amounts of sleep per night and a poor perception of quality of sleep, as described by nursing students. Nursing students are the future of nursing as a profession. Their health and well being will play a role in the quality of nursing years down the road. If the study demonstrates a problem related to sleep hygiene, further exploration of interventions will be recommended.
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