Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


Zvart Onanian School of Nursing



Date of Original Version

December 2023


This pilot proposal project articulates a call to action to lessen nurses' burnout. Extant literature supports Reiki energy therapy to aid with anxiety, stress, and fatigue, which supports the project's purpose of helping teach nurses self-care using the complementary practice of Reiki as an alternative stress reduction tool to promote a healthy work environment that will improve nurses' well-being and their ability to provide optimum patient care.

Method:The study will begin with a short questionnaire to measure initial Reiki knowledge in nurses. Then, nurses will undergo classroom lectures followed by lab instruction and practice. After the study, nurses will self-report their experiences and take a questionnaire on Reiki to measure their knowledge.

Findings: The study aims to establish a foundational understanding of Reiki in nurses. The study also seeks to ensure participating nurses can demonstrate Reiki knowledge and practice. In the longer term, nurses will be able to practice more Reiki self-care to mitigate burnout.

Implications for advanced practice: This study will help facilitate more emphasis on nurse self-care by utilizing Reiki. Reiki will help reduce the adverse effects of burnout, increase job satisfaction, and lead to optimum patient care. Reiki's positive effects to mitigate burnout are applied as a complementary tool for self-care. Nurse leaders must take a proactive approach at the practice level and influence local policy to help reduce nurses' burnout and allow time for Reiki self-care. Including holistic practices such as self-care Reiki may reduce nursing burnout and increase work satisfaction.

Arguello_poster.pdf (484 kB)
Presentation poster (Cheryl Hersperger, co-author)