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Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb;33(1):15-21. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000009.

Development of a hospital reiki training program: training volunteers to provide reiki to patients, families, and staff in the acute care setting.

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Julie Hahn, MA, BCC, (Board-Certified Chaplain) Reiki Master, is the Coordinator of Brigham and Women's Reiki Volunteer Program, a position she has held since the inception of the program in July 2009. Prior to that, Julie was the Resident Chaplain at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Patricia M. Reilly, MSN, RN, is the Nurse Director of Integrative Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has held a variety of leadership positions in critical care nursing and perioperative nursing. Her current interests lie in developing a caring healing environment for both patients and staff. Teresa M. Buchanan, MBA, RN, is a Nursing Project Manager and has held a variety of educational, managerial, leadership, and consultant positions, with a particular focus on program development and project management in health care settings. She currently is supporting the Integrative Care Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.


Creating a healing and healthy environment for patients, families, and staff is an ongoing challenge. As part of our hospital's Integrative Care Program, a Reiki Volunteer Program has helped to foster a caring and healing environment, providing a means for patients, family, and staff to reduce pain and anxiety and improve their ability to relax and be present. Because direct care providers manage multiple and competing needs at any given time, they may not be available to provide Reiki when it is needed. This program demonstrates that a volunteer-based program can successfully support nurses in meeting patient, family, and staff demand for Reiki services.

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