Energy Healing Used To Decrease Burnout Risk Factors

Celeste Quesada

In the past two decades, burnout levels among nurses and mental health workers have risen exponentially. Burnout not only affects the individual worker’s current mental health, but their long-term health, the quality of patient care, and the way they interact with everyone else. Numerous studies have been done to understand and measure burning out levels. Burn-out was measured through the healthcare worker’s depersonalization, exhaustion, and self- fulfillment. Three of the biggest aspects of the work environment that increase burnout levels, are the lack of autonomy in their job, lack management support, and workplace hostility. To understand the best interventions to implement, research was done to understand the root causes to burnout factors. The healthcare system in the United States is built off of neoliberalism ideologies and an individualistic culture. Through neoliberalism ideologies, making money and being productive are made priorities of the healthcare system. Business partners and healthcare professionals, at the top of the bureaucratic system, are influenced by these ideologies when making health policies. In addition to the monetary pressures from the top, mental health workers and nurses are faced with their internal needs, which are influenced by the hegemonic individualism culture. Principles and ideologies of Reiki, and other energy healing methods, address the importance and power of processing and appreciating human characteristics, such as empathy, which neoliberalism ideologies lack to acknowledge. Implementing interventions that give front-line health workers space, time, and support, in their work environment, to harmonize their mind, body and soul, show a great potential in decreasing burnout risk factors.


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