Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major


Thesis Advisor

Kathleen Beebe, PhD and Patricia Harris, PhD


Childhood development has been an important topic for those in the medical field, as well as parents. The way a child develops can determine the way they act, think, and mature. Hospitalizations, acute and chronic, may affect the process of proper child development. Literature is reviewed to support the presented pilot study that focuses on the immediate effects of hospitalization on a child’s sleep disturbances, regression to lower developmental stages, and separation anxiety. The collected data determined the need for refinement of the survey tool and presented with possible correlations between hospitalizations and childhood development.