A Novel Theory for Nursing Education: Holistic Comfort

Miki Goodwin, India Sener, Susan H. Steiner

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This article discusses how aspects of a holistic comfort theory were adapted to create a taxonomic structure to apply its concepts to a fast-track nursing education program. The principles of learner-centered education were combined with comfort theory to develop strategies that appear to have produced positive influences on the attributes and contexts of comfort within the learning community. With emphasis on balanced academic exposure to the art of comfort as well as the rigorous science of nursing, students and teachers developed a mutually rewarding learning partnership. The resulting grid, adapted from Kolcaba's taxonomic structure, exposes educators and students to the application of holistic comfort theory. It is anticipated that this adaptation may assist students to transform into professional nurses who are comfortable and comforting in their roles and who are committed to the goal of lifelong learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-285
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • curriculum
  • holistic comfort theory
  • learner-centered learning
  • taxonomic structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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