Characteristics of the Nighttime Hospital Bedside Care Environment (Sound, Light, and Temperature) for Children with Cancer

Lauri A. Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON; Becky J. Christian, PhD, RN


Cancer Nurs. 2011;34(3):176-184. 

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The purpose of this study was to describe nighttime patterns of environmental factors (sound, light, and temperature levels) at the bedside of school-aged children with cancer who were receiving chemotherapy in the inpatient setting.

Research questions guiding this study were as follows:

  • What are the levels of sound, light, and temperature at the bedside of children hospitalized in an inpatient pediatric oncology setting during 3 consecutive 12-hour night shifts (7:00 PM to 7:00 AM)?

  • What are the patterns of sound, light, and temperature during a 12-hour night shift (7:00 PM to 7:00 AM) over 3 consecutive nights for children hospitalized in an inpatient pediatric oncology setting?


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