Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory
Katherine Kolcaba is the founder of the comfort theory in nursing. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio; where she has spent most of her life. In 1965 she became a graduate of St. Luke’s school of nursing obtaining a nursing diploma. After working for many years in the areas of medical surgical nursing, long-term care, and home care. She had a promotional offer that required an academic degree. After completing the required prerequisites she went to Case Western Reserve University and in 1987 graduated in the first RN to MSN class with specialty in gerontology. During her years of work as a head nurse, she began to see comfort in a theorical context. She advanced her education and in 1997 obtained a PhD in nursing from…show more content… Best policies are protocols and procedures developed by an institution for over all use after collecting evidence.
Assumptions of the theory
The following are the assumptions of the comfort theory:
Human beings have holistic responses to complex stimuli.
Comfort is a desirable holistic outcome of effective nursing care.
Human beings look forward to achieving basic needs.
Comfort is not only about reliving pain, anxiety, and discomfort.
Propositions of the theory:
By using existing support systems nurses are able to identify patient’s comfort needs.
Nurse’s portrait actions to accomplish identified needs.
When designing the interventions to determine if they will be successful, variables are taken into consideration.
If the interventions are properly delivered in a caring mode the patient experiences the immediate outcome of enhanced comfort.
Patients and nurses work closely to come into an agreement on desirable and realistic health seeking behavior (Kolcaba. (2003).
Patients and families are more likely to engaged in health seeking behaviors if enhancement is achieved.
Application of the theory to area of practice
Oncology nursing entails a very compassionate practice. It challenges the nurse to poses and maintain strong skills of advocacy, leadership, creativity, and empathy among others. These characteristics are very valuable and essential in nurses