Discussion:The nursing conceptual model

Question DescriptionThe nursing conceptual model represents abstract and general work that can guide research and practice. A conceptual model may be thought of as an early-stage of theory development (Thompson,2017)”,A nursing theory provides a way to “organize the nurse’s thinking by providing decision-making structures to guide the reasoning required for quality professional nursing practice” (Alligood, 2010). “The major difference between a conceptual model/framework and a theory is the level of specificity and practical use (Alligood, 2010; Fawcett, 2013; Masters, 2015).”Katharine Kolcaba’s “Theory of Comfort” emphasize the importance of patient’s comfort development to improve patient outcomes. She introduced this theory in the 1990s. It’s a middle range theory for health practice. The “Theory of Comfort” consisted of three form: relief, ease, and transcendence. She used an example of a postsurgical patient was experiencing pain, which was in discomfort, and after pain med administered, the patient’s pain eased, and patient’s transcendence is reached to a level of comfort (NursingTheory.org, n.d.) Comfort is the basic fundamental human needs and nurses are in constant strive to provide that for patients. By asking patients, “Are you comfortable?” is a simple way to evaluate their needs. To heal, a patient must feel comfortable.ReferencesAlligood, M. R. (2010). Nursing theory: Utilization and application (4th ed.). Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby Elsevier.Fawcett, J. (2015). Theory testing and theory evaluation. In J. B. Butts and K. L. Rich (Eds.), Philosophies and theories for advanced nursing practice (2 nd ed., pp. 593-611). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.Masters, K. (2015). Nursing theories: A framework for professional practice (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.Nursing-theory.org, Kolcaba’s Theory of Comfort. retrieved from: http://www.nursing-theory.org/theories-and-models/…Thompson, C. J. (2017, February 14). What is a theoretical framework or conceptual model? [Blogpost]. Retrieved from https://nursingeducationexpert.com/theoretical-framework-conceptual-model/

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