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J Holist Nurs. 2011 Mar;29(1):33-43. doi: 10.1177/0898010110377294. Epub 2010 Aug 10.

The effect of Reiki on work-related stress of the registered nurse.

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Boston Medical Center, USA. run138@comcast.net

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The Reiki Master Teacher group at a large academic, urban medical center studied the effects of Reiki on work-related stress in Registered Nurse Reiki I class participants. Research suggests that work-related stress is an influential factor in nursing burn out and retention. Reiki, an ancient form of Oriental "energy work" or healing, has been found to decrease stress.

METHODS:

The Perceived Stress Scale tool was administered prior to the Reiki I class and after three weeks of practicing self-Reiki.

FINDINGS:

Seventeen participants returned follow-up data. Results indicated that practicing Reiki more often resulted in reduced perceived stress levels.

CONCLUSIONS:

Data from this small pilot study supports educating nurses about Reiki practice to decrease work-related stress.

PMID:
20699431
DOI:
10.1177/0898010110377294
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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