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

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Massachusetts
  • Program Evaluation
  • Therapeutic Touch*
  • Volunteers / education*