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Katharine Kolcaba & Comfort TheoryAshley KentNursing 600 – Maryville University
Selection of Comfort TheoryKolcaba’s taxonomy is holistic in nature.I currently work in inpatient psychiatry, where it is essential to look at the patient as a whole.Most relatable theory to my current practice.Comfort is essential in treatment plans, as it guides patients toward motivation.
Who is Katharine Kolcaba?Background, education, work experience, and formation of Comfort Theory.
Kolcaba’s Background & EducationBorn in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944.Received nursing diploma in 1965 from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing.Graduated from first class of RN to MSN program at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in 1987, with a specialty in gerontology.Received PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1997.(Kolcaba, 2003)(Kolcaba, 2019)
Interesting Facts–Married to her husband, Ray, and lives in Cleveland area.–Many hobbies that she enjoys on a regular basis.–Founder and coordinator of a local parish nurse program.–Continues to educate others on the Comfort Theory.(Kolcaba, 2019)
The Comfort LineKolcaba (2010)Kolcaba (2019)
Kolcaba’s Work Experience–Practiced part-time in medical-surgical nursing, long-term care, and home care for many years before going back to school.–Head nurse on dementia unit while enrolled in MSN program.–Faculty member at University of Akron College of Nursing following MSN graduation.–Kolcaba’s work with dementia patients ultimately led to the formation of her Comfort Theory.(Kolcaba, 2003)(Kolcaba, 2019)
The Basics of Comfort TheoryWhat it is and diagrams used to describe this theory.
Comfort Theory Overview–Comfort defined as “the state of having met basic human needs for ease, relief, and transcendence” (Kolcaba, 2001, p. 88).–Theory proposes that a patient with unmet needs of comfort are to be met with the help the nurse.–Nursing interventions are successful if the patient achieves comfort when they were previously unable to.