Nurses' lived experience of reiki for self-care

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Description: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased over the years. In recent years, there is a growing interest among nurses, other health care providers and consumers in CAM energy work that is non-invasive, not dependent on technology, inexpensive, and holistic in focus. Reiki is an energy-based healing practice believed to have originated thousands of years ago in the Tibetan Sutras and renewed in the 1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk. Although the inquiry about the usefulness of Reiki in patient care has begun, there is little research to support the use of Reiki touch therapy as a nursing intervention or as a self-care practice. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of nurses who practice Reiki for self-care. A phenomenological approach was utilized to answer the research question, "What is the lived experience of nurses who practice Reiki for self-care?" In-person interviews were conducted with eleven nurses who met specific study criteria using open-ended questions to examine the experience of nurses who are Reiki practitioners, to understand their perceptions of Reiki use in self-treatment, and to appreciate its meaning for them. The Colaizzi method was utilized in data analysis and independent decision trail audits were completed to promote study rigor and trustworthiness of results. Thematic categories and major and minor thematic clusters emerged around the topics of daily stress management, self-healing, spirituality and interconnectedness of self, others and beyond. Implications of the study findings for nursing practice and nursing education are discussed. Potential applications of study findings to Jean Watson's transpersonal caring theory located within a caring science framework are explored and recommendations for future research are offered.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work