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Thursday, September 29, 2011

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

J Holist Nurs. 2011 Mar;29(1):33-43. Epub 2010 Aug 10. The effect of Reiki on work-related stress of the registered nurse. Cuneo CL, Curtis Cooper MR, Drew CS, Naoum-Heffernan C, Sherman T, Walz K, Weinberg J. Source 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 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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