Outcomes of newly practicing nurses who applied principles of holistic comfort theory during the transition from school to practice: A qualitative study

Miki Goodwin, Lori Candela

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Abstract

The aim of this qualitative study was to explore if newly practicing nurses benefited from learning holistic comfort theory during their baccalaureate education, and to provide a conceptual framework to support the transition from school to practice. The study was conducted among graduates of an accelerated baccalaureate nursing program where holistic comfort theory was embedded as a learner-centered philosophy across the curriculum. A phenomenological process using van Manen's qualitative methodology in education involving semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis was used. The nurses recalled what holistic comfort meant to them in school, and described the lived experience of assimilating holistic comfort into their attitudes and behaviors in practice. Themes were established and a conceptual framework was developed to better understand the nurses' lived experiences. Results showed that holistic comfort was experienced as a constructive approach to transcend unavoidable difficulties during the transition from school to practice. Participants described meaningful learning and acquisition of self-strengthening behaviors using holistic comfort theory. Holistic comfort principles were credited for easing nurses into the realities of work and advocating for best patient outcomes. Patient safety and pride in patient care were incidental positive outcomes. The study offers new insights about applying holistic comfort to prepare nurses for the realities of practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-619
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Holistic comfort theory
  • Newly practicing nurse
  • Nursing education
  • Transition, transcendence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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