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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burnout, Professional / therapy*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Practitioners / psychology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Therapeutic Touch / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Workload / psychology*
  • Young Adult