Date of Award

Spring 3-4-2005

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Cheryl Leuning


The project is a healing practice model designed to advocate for the certified nursing assistants and elders in nursing homes. The Healing Model of Nursing Practice in Nursing Homes was designed to reclaim the inherent "caring-healing" attributes of nursing that have been excluded from nursing and the health systems as posited by Watson's Theory of Human Caring. The model integrates Zen and Reiki into a non-invasive practice, which is a method of healing that has been promoted by nurse theorists Jean Watson and Martha Rogers. The model promotes wholeness. The goal is to move our actions beyond regulatory processes to promote quality of life of our elders as welt as the certified nursing assistants who are the primary caregivers in the nursing homes. A participatory, educational module was developed and taught to five certified nursing assistants. The concepts taught were presence, wisdom, intentionality and compassion and touch through Reiki when caring for their residents. The assumption was that when the nursing assistants in their personal lives practice these concepts and when caring for the residents, residents will receive quality of care and life.


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Included in

Nursing Commons