Applying the Theory of Comfort during a National Hardship

Abstract: This article contains informative and examples of applied practice using personal examples using Kathrine Kolcaba’s theory of comfort during the 2020 pandemic.

As many people may have realized, COVID-19 pandemic historically hit the human race living in 2020 like a tsunami. The United States is still recovering from the months of time that had caused many schools and businesses in the United States to shut down. The pandemic has affected so many lives worldwide and the number of known cases this year have been racking up numbers.

I stopped looking at the COVID-19 numbers and cases in fear after the last two weeks of March. Instead, every time I saw numbers rise, I looked at articles that related to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. This created ease because I knew that there were people in the medical field out there searching for a way to protect people from COVID-19.

One of the things I had to learn during the pandemic was to be conscious of the fact I am a young person. The COVID-19 outbreak tends to highly impact the lives of the elderly. I felt a relief returning to work know that my risk of death was lower. I also felt a sense of duty to work when it was possible that the elderly communities may not be able to. In a way, my work ethic as a young person protects them.

            Another thing that inspired me to apply the theory of comfort as a transcendence was watching the community in action. So many people especially in the Illinois and Iowa communities were doing things to help others. Local businesses, schools, and distribution centers have all played a huge role in helping each community to adjust to the pandemic conditions. It was amazing to see the leadership of many local places caring for the public by giving people masks, or starting to regularly provide hand sanitizer to people just after the COVID-19 outbreak. The theory of comfort, for those who are not familiar with the concept, was an idea developed by Kathrine Kolcaba in the 1990’s. (Petiprin 2016). The goal is to apply the theory of

comfort in medical practices which are unavoidable during the 2020 pandemic. Medical Practices such as nursing and psychology can apply the theory of comfort as a service to the public. (Petiprin 2016) 

Kathrine Kolcaba states that the theory of comfort includes the feelings of ease, relief, and transcendence. (Petiprin 2016). It is possible for a person to practice these things during a pandemic. It is important during a time of crisis to think rationally. The way I have applied Kolcaba’s theory of comfort has helped me so much during this time.

            Understandably, it may be hard during these times to think about positives when so many people are at risk and effected. I work hard at creating a comfortable mindset to work with COVID-19 by applying Kathrine Kolcaba’s theory, because without it can be difficult for a person to seek solutions when the mind is clouded by fear and panic. As humans at risk, I think we owe it to ourselves to see the risks for what they are and adapt our minds the best we can.

References: Petiprin, Alice. (2016) Kolcaba’s Theory of Comfort. Nursing theory. An Elite Cafemedia Publisher. Retrieved October 02, 2020

By: Nicole Stocker

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