Katharine Kolcaba taught nursing theory and gerontology at the University of Akron College of Nursing for 23 years. She retired as Associate Professor Emeritus in 2008 and continued to teach her intensive theory course, as well as guest lectures, upon request for several years post-retirement. She is co-coordinator and volunteer nurse in a Parish Nurse program serving a homeless or low-income population. She also serves as consultant for her own company, The Comfort Line. Her invited presentations and workshops are focused on the application of Comfort Theory for improving the work environment and the experiences of patients and their families in health care situations.
Kathy has published extensively on the outcome of holistic comfort including her award-winning web site and her book entitled Comfort Theory and Practice (2003). The following is a partial and more current list of her work. For older articles please follow this link: