Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller, DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Pauline Abraham, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Deborah Schuhmacher, DNP, RN


Stress is often overlooked in the nursing profession. Chronic stress can lead to adverse health conditions. Dialysis nurses are at high risk of experiencing stress due to work, school, family responsibilities, finances, and illness. Thus, self-care is necessary for nurses to manage stress and maintain health and well-being. Reiki is an alternative medicine that has shown benefits in reducing stress and effectively promoting relaxation. Reiki is a powerful energy healing that shifts stress and balances the energy in the body by using hand techniques directing Reiki energy over one's body, channeling energy to areas of need. A Reiki educational training program guided by Watson’s Human Caring theory was developed to help reduce stress among dialysis nurses at the Midwest hospital. A PowerPoint presentation and a demonstration of hand positions will be used to teach the nurses how to perform self-Reiki. The project's success will be evaluated through pre and post surveys, measuring the nurses' stress levels and knowledge about Reiki. A metaphor of hands over the heart was developed to depict the integration of Reiki, letting go of stress, and practicing self-love. The Reiki educational program aims to increase nurses' consciousness levels to achieve awareness and balance the body's energy for healing. The future plans include implementing the Reiki training program at the dialysis unit and integrating this healing practice into nursing practice.


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