Katharine Kolcaba is an American nursing theorist and nursing professor. Kolcaba is responsible for comfort theory, a mid-range nursing theory that has been implemented at the institutional level.
Kolcaba earned a nursing diploma from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in 1987 and a PhD from the same school in 1997.
Dr. Kolcaba is Associate Professor Emeritus at University of Akron. She holds an adjunct position at Ursuline College.
Awards and honors
2007: Distinguished Alumni Award, The Cleveland General and St. Luke's Nurses' Alumni Association
1994 - Present: Who's Who in American Nursing
- Kolcaba, K. (2010). Impaired Comfort. In B. Ackley & G. Ladwig (Eds.). Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care. (9th Edition)
- Kolcaba, K. (2003). Comfort Theory and Practice: A vision for Holistic Health and Research. Springer Publishing Company.
- Kolcaba, K (2001). "Evolution of the mid range theory of comfort for outcomes research". Nursing Outlook 49 (2): 86–92. doi:10.1067/mno.2001.110268.
- Kolcaba, K (1994). "A Theory of Comfort for Nursing". Journal of Advanced Nursing 19: 1178–1184. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.1994.tb01202.x.