A practical guide for frontline workers during COVID-19: Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory
Timothea Vo, BS, RN, is a PhD Student at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. She works as a graduate research sssistant at UConn and Registered Nurse in the Greater Boston Area. In her free time, she enjoys reading on the beach, playing tennis, classic guitar and bass, and cooking. Timothea Vo is an aspiring Vietnamese American nurse scholar interested in caring science and transcultural care.
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Researchers from China, Korea, and France have warned the public of the additional psychological and mental health risks of COVID-19 on frontline workers globally. The aim of the article is to propose using the theoretical framework of comfort as a practical guide to help mitigate the mental health impact of COVID-19 on frontline workers. A brief overview of Kolcaba's Theory of Comfort (TC) is presented along with a patient exemplar from which different nursing interventions are integrated into a taxonomic table. Recommendations for self-care practice using the theoretical framework of comfort are included along with a personal account of self-care. If death is the most moving conclusion, then taking inventory of one's mental health, cultivating mental health, and reflecting on who or what will be one's comfort at work and/or home are vital practices. Implementing the Kolcaba Comfort Theory in our daily lives may act as a protective barrier against the mental health impact of COVID-19 in 2020 and beyond.
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Vo, T. (2020). A Practical Guide for Frontline Workers During COVID-19: Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory. Journal of Patient Experience, 635–639. https://doi.org/10.1177/2374373520968392. Retrieved from Sigma Repository: http://hdl.handle.net/10755/21451