Date of Award

Winter 12-5-2011

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Cheryl Leuning


As the nursing shortage escalates and patient acuity levels continue to rise, nurses can expect to experience increased stress and burnout. Indeed, studies show that job dissatisfaction among nurses today is widespread. Finding ways to reduce the stress, improve job satisfaction, and retention is important not only for nurses, nursing units, and organizations, but also for patients. This paper describes a nursing practice model that was developed to reduce stress and burnout among nurses in an acute care unit of a large urban hospital. The model uses the energy therapy of Reiki and is guided by Martha Rogers' Science of Unitary Human Beings.


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