Nursing Comfort In Nursing

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Comfort is a term with contemporary and historical associations with nursing. Since the time of Florence Nightingale, it has been used as one of the most desirable outcomes of nursing care. Nurses continuously work to provide comfort to their patients. However, greater technological innovations in medicine have relegated the importance of nursing comfort interventions. Often, the definition of comfort is imprecise and lacks consistency among patients. In 1994, Katharine Kolcaba developed the Comfort Theory (CT). After analyzing the concept of comfort in several different disciplines, including nursing, she developed three forms of comfort and four contexts of the human experience. A classifying structure was created to guide for the assessment, measurement, and evaluation of patient comfort. Kolcaba became the first nursing theorist to create a holistic definition to the term comfort. The application of CT in nursing has given light to an area that was difficult to completely understand. Thesis statement: Comfort Theory is not used frequently enough in nursing care and should have widespread adoption because it improves patient outcomes, lessens fear in individuals undergoing treatment or palliative care, and improves patient compliance.
Description of Comfort Theory
Katharine Kolcaba’s deeply spiritual mother was instrumental in forming her early ideas about comfort. She was born to a very reserved family in Cleveland, Ohio on 1944. She received a diploma in nursing at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1965, and was one of the first RN to MSN graduates from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. She went on to earn her PhD in nursing from Case Western Reserve in 1997 and received certification as a clinical nurse specialist in gerontolo...

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... fear in individuals undergoing treatment or palliative care, and improve patient compliance. Implementation of this theory has also demonstrated administrative benefits to healthcare institutions. In research studies, CT has decreased hospital expenditures, reduced readmission rates, and improved patient satisfaction. The theory is beneficial to nursing by guiding interventions to promote comfort and to help the nurse assess and decide the best interventions to care for their patients. Future work should include incorporating CT into all areas of healthcare practice to satisfy The Joint Commission guidelines for pain management standards. CT should continue to be incorporated in the framework for all nursing practice. When comfort is emphasized in nursing care, nurses will gain more admiration for their field and more respect from their patients and families.
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