Theoretical Based Nursing Practice

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Theoretical knowledge is paramount to furthering nursing and advanced nursing practice as an autonomous profession. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that Registered Nurses (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) are often confused about the difference between evidenced-based practice (EBP) and theoretical knowledge. In fact, Mitchell (1999) very clearly writes, “evidence about procedure or service delivery is different from knowledge that informs the nurse-person process” (p. 30). In order to understand this difference, this paper will review Dr. Kolcaba’s (1994) Comfort Theory. Specifically, this paper will discuss the theorist’s background, interrelated theoretical concepts, in what ways Comfort Theory relates to the nursing paradigm, and in what ways Comfort Theory relates to the APRN operating in the out of hospital environment. Theorist Background Katharine Kolcaba’s nursing education took place in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1965, Dr. Kolcaba earned a Diploma in Nursing from Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. Wanting to further her nursing knowledge, Dr. Kolcaba enrolled and subsequently completed the RN – MSN program at Case Western Reserve University. In 1997, Dr. Kolcaba graduated with a PhD in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. While in this PhD program, Dr. Kolcaba earned the Lilian De Young Research Award in 1995 for outstanding research development (Kolcaba, 2010). Currently, Dr. Kolcaba is teaching theory and research courses at the University of Akron College of Nursing. Dr. Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory grew from an assignment given by Dr. Rosemary Ellis. Dr. Ellis challenged the new PhD students to diagram their current practice and define practice concepts. At that time, Dr. Kolcaba provided care to gerontological patients on a dementia unit. These residents were primarily non-verbal and the nursing staff had

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