Published Monday, April 14, 2014

Apeiron allowed student to discover, gain confidence

Sarah HaydenNearly 60 Washburn University students will be sharing original performance and research at the annual Apeiron on Friday.

One of those students, Sarah Hayden of the Des Moines, Iowa area, combined her study of nursing, personal experience as an intern at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and her interest in patient care in a study of “Physical and Psychological Effects of Sleep Deprivation on ICU Patient.” She will present her poster in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union from 3:45-5 p.m.

"Although there is a large body of research describing the negative effects of sleep disturbance, few clinical changes have been implemented,” Hayden explained. “The aim of my literature review was to learn more about the multifaceted aspects associated with sleep disturbance and determine interventions that the interdisciplinary team can employ in the Critical Care setting for improved patient outcomes.”

After graduation from the Washburn School of Nursing in May, Hayden hopes to become certified as a critical care nurse after graduation and eventually obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. That’s one of the reasons she decided to participate in Apeiron this year.

"Becoming more comfortable and confident in my role as a student researcher is just one step closer to achieving these goals,” she said. She already has presented her findings to the Critical Care staff at Stormont Vail HealthCare and plans to present at a Sigma Theta Tau Research Forum in early May.

Hayden said her faculty mentor, Crystal Stevens, was integral to her project.

“She assisted me with all aspects of my research--from planning, to editing to finding places to present,” Hayden said. And because of the support she received from Stevens and others in the Washburn School of Nursing, Hayden said: “I feel that I have been able to grow both academically and personally throughout the course of my research, all while learning more about a topic in nursing that I am passionate about.” 

That’s one of the goals of the Apeiron: To let students really explore what they’ve learned to build their confidence for the future.

“At the beginning of nursing school, I probably would not have had the courage to stand up in front of 60 people to share my knowledge,” Hayden said. “However, I have grown and developed in both my interpersonal communication skills and confidence in knowledge of nursing practice throughout the course of this project.”

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Be there: Apeiron 2014 is happening in several locations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

  • Check out the five Performing Arts Presentations: Carole Chapel, 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • Check out the 13 Oral Presentations: School of Law, 1-2:50 p.m.
  • Check out the 39 Poster Presentations and enjoy a reception: Washburn Room, Memorial Union, 3:45-5 p.m.

Read the Apeiron program (PDF)

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