Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN


Reiki, meaning universal life force energy, facilitates the flow of energy that travels naturally in and around the body. Blockages in energy flow create disease and or pain in the body; the Reiki practitioner facilitates the removal of blockages which allows for healing and restoration of balance. Anxiety in children undergoing Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) manifests itself across all body systems and effects the care they receive during hospitalization. Children are open to the concept of energetic healing therefore, the use of Reiki for children undergoing BMT to reduce anxiety, facilitate relaxation, and ease pain makes sense. The introduction of a Hospital Based Reiki Volunteer Program (RVP) provides a unique opportunity to bring Reiki to the hospitalized pediatric patient. Watson's nursing theory incorporating Caritas Consciousness is used to provide pediatric specific education to adult Reiki practitioners who will provide Reiki to the children undergoing BMT. lntroducing Reiki to pediatric BMT patients could help reduce anxiety at a Midwestern Hospital.


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