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Yes, I am science-centric. Is it true that nursing school turns people away from science!?
it cannot be compared to the fact that sometimes certain people do not react the same way to a medication that another does. Morphine has been shown in double blind studies to have a real effect. If you can post any of the studies you mention about Reiki I would more than willingly read them. I have heard CAM has infiltrated some schools and hospitals, but I really hope that only encompasses some of the alternative medicine that has show to actually work better than placebo.
I refuse to believe I am in the minority in nursing students that are skeptical of a modality that can't be shown with science.. even in my prereqs such as nutrition they teach you had to be very critical of anything that hasn't been backed by peer-reviewed studies.
Nursing school does not turn people away from science. Most of what you learn will be traditional western medicine. However, it does give you a greater appreciation and respect for alternative therapies.
- Richeson, N., Spross, J., Lutz, K., & Peng, C. (2010). Effects of Reiki on anxiety, depression, pain, and physiological factors in community-dwelling older adults. Research in gerontological nursing, 3(3), 187-199. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. This article details significant improvement in pain, depression and anxiety on older adults after reiki therapy.
That's just one. I'm sure there are others, but I have to go to work for the day.
You seem to be rather offended by the thought that other CAMs that are not well proven are being used in hospitals. With the large variety of cultures treated in American hospitals, why should it be any other way? Should our hospitals be a place where we use western medicine, period, because we know it works and forget about any other remedies that our patients want? Why does it bother you that reiki is being used in hospitals? While it might not be proven as effective as morphine, it's not dangerous in any way. If a patient would rather use Reiki than take a narcotic, isn't that the patient's right? Reiki has far fewer side effects than morphine, or an antidepressant medication.
Prayer and spiritual support is used by a great percentage of patients. Prayer is a CAM and I haven't yet found a study that proved prayer increased health outcomes. So should we fire our pastoral staff at the hospitals because their work isn't science-based?
I use CAMs almost every day, in one form or another. When I give a scared child his favorite blanket for security, when I talk to and hold the hand of my intubated and sedated patients, when I call in the chaplain to speak to a family, when I offer hot water instead of cold water to an Asain mother who has a new baby, and the list goes on. None of those interventions are science-based. But all of them help my patients to feel more secure and comfortable.