Kolcaba Essay

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Our presentation is on Katharine Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory.
Here is a quote from her book that captures the essents of her theory “Cure sometimes, treat often and comfort always.
Katharine Kolcaba was born Katharine Arnold
Dec. 8th, 1944 in Cleveland Ohio
She is married and has 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren
In 1965 she received her Diploma in Nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland.
In the mid 1980’s Kolcaba wanted to further her nursing career, so she returned to school.
In 1987 she earned her RN and Masters of Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.
After graduation she began teaching at Akron College of Nursing
In 1997 she earned her Doctorates of Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She specialized in Gerontology, End of Life and Long Term Care and Comfort studies.
Kolcaba is currently an Associate Professor at Akron College of Nursing. She is now semi-retired, only teaching in the summer.
She published her book “Comfort Theory and Practice: in 2003
Katharine Kolcaba’s “Concept of Comfort” unknowing began while she was working on her master’s degree with a class assignment in Introduction to Nursing Theory. She had to diagram her nursing practice using concepts specific to her that included what she hoped her patients would accomplish and how she could help her patients reach those goals. At the time Kolcaba was working as a head nurse on a dementia unit with mostly non-verbal patients.
The goal for her patients was Optimum function, a term used to describe a cooperative state where patients could bath, dress, eat and socialize with others. Optimum function was very fragile state and could be disrupted by any minor physical or emotional change resulting in displays of excess disabilities, described as; agitation, temper tantrums or even violence. If one patient became agitated it soon caused others to be

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