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BIOGRAPHY OF MS.

KATHARINE KOLCABA

 1944 Born in Cleveland, Ohio

 1965 Graduated with diploma of nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital

School of Nursing

 1987 Graduated with RN MSN from Frances Payne Bolton School

of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)

 1987 Began teaching at The University of Akron College of Nursing

 1991-2001 Development of Comfort Theory

 1991 Published article A taxonomic structure for the concept of

nursing

 Began development of cell grid diagramming types of comfort and

context in which comfort occurs

 1991 Published article An analysis of the concept of comfort

 Analysis of the word “comfort,” from its Latin roots to the meaning

in everyday language. Article also includes how the word has been

used

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 1994 Published article A theory of holistic comfort in nursing

 Began developing a diagram of the aspects of comfort. Article also

includes six defining factors that examine why comfort is a

significant middle range theory

 1995 Published article The art of comfort care

 Describes benefits of including comfort care into practice. Article

includes testimony from a student nurse who applied comfort care

to practice. Began development of comfort as a standard outcome

of nursing 2001 Published article Evolution of the mid-range theory

of comfort for outcomes research

 Article written to be a guide on the evolution of comfort as a theory

and describing how comfort can be tested and adapted to the

6/27/13 Personal Background- Katharine Kolcaba: Middle Range

Nursing Theorist

 1997 Graduated with PhD Nursing from Case Western Reserve

University

 1997 Developed web site called The Comfort Line

 Name comes from a method of determining levels of comfort in

children in which a vertical 10cm line is drawn and patients rate

their level of current comfort between the statements of “ I feel as

comfortable as possible” and “I am as uncomfortable as possible”

 2003 Published her book Comfort Theory and Practice: A Vision

for Holistic Health Care and Research

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 2007 Retired from full time teaching, continues to teach part time

while developing and researching Comfort Theory

Awards And Honors

 2006 Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omega Chapter, Researcher of the

Year with Dr. Therese Dowd

 2005 Mary Hanna Journalism Second Place Award in the Best

Practice Category by American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses, in

recognition of the article by Wilson, L. & Kolcaba, K. (2004).

Practical application of Comfort Theory in the perianesthesia

setting. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. 19(3), 164-173. (Invited

article)

 2003 Excellence in the Utilization of Nursing Research, award

from Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omega Chapter

 2003 Advancement of Science Award from Midwest Nursing

Research Society, End of Life and Palliative Care Nursing

 2002 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award for American

Society of Perianesthesia Nurses, March, 2003, in recognition of the

article entitled Comfort Care for Perianesthesia Nursing by Kolcaba

and Wilson (2002).

 1999 Links2Go Key Resource Award for The Comfort Line. 2nd place

among all nursing theory pages

 Hartford Institute and American Association of Colleges of Nursing

(AACN) 3rd annual award for excellence in Baccalaureate

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Gerontology Curriculum (leader of Nursing Care of Older Adults,

where most of the innovations were housed).

 1997 Marie Haug Student Award, excellence in aging studies, from

Case Western Reserve University

 1997 Invited Research Consultant, comfort studies & theory, MNRS

 1996 LM Hiemenz & LC Perry Memorial Scholarship, tuition

support, American Nurses’ Association

 1997 Honor a Researcher Award, MNRS

 1995 Lillian DeYoung Research Award, outstanding research

development, and Chapter Research Grant for completion of

dissertation study, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omega Chapter

 1994-present Who’s Who in American Nursing

 1991 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Health, Case

Western Reserve University Internal Grant

 1987 Cushing Robb Prize, outstanding work in MSN program, Case

Western Reserve

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