In their article How We Got Reiki Into The Hospitals, authors Ava Wolf and Janet Wing provide a detailed description of the steps they took in order to build the Reiki Clinic in the Department of Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
These are they take-home messages (as excerpted from their article):
Present a professional image. Present yourself professionally in every possible way, including letterhead, business cards, brochures, dress and vocabulary.
Cultivate relationships. When you find an ally, stay in touch; write thank-you notes, follow up on meetings and phone calls. Do what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it!
Develop a resume of experience. Volunteer at any agency that the energy calls you to. Examples: Hospices, Nursing Homes, AIDS agencies. Before we came to the hospital, we ran a clinic at Rhode Island Project AIDS for a year. This gave us credibility to work with people who are ill.
Write a proposal. Be specific about what you can offer, while remaining flexible to the needs of the hospital. Keep negotiating to find what will work.
Apply for Nursing CEUs. Call your state nurse’s association for an application packet. Ask if there is a nurse education consultant to help you with the application process. We found it was well worth the $50 consultation fee to get help with writing the application.
Persevere! Hang in there. Remember you are doing groundbreaking work, and watering the root works better than pulling at the shoots.
Support, support, support. Work with a partner and/or stay in touch with people who inspire you in this work.
Demonstrate Reiki. When you go for an interview, make sure that you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate Reiki. Emphasize that Reiki is experiential in nature-hard to explain but easy to experience. If this can’t happen at a first meeting, arrange for a second. Chain of command. Once you are in a hospital, identify the chain of command and use it. Example: We were asked to treat people receiving chemotherapy. One slow day we wanted to demonstrate Reiki in the waiting room. We knew this would most likely be acceptable, but we cleared it with the appropriate administrative person. Be respectful of people’s positions of authority.
Respect boundaries. Always respect medical protocols and don’t obstruct them. Maintain patient confidentiality.
Follow the energy. Any door that opens to you is your main entrance. Do not judge any opportunity, no matter how small. An invitation by one nurse or one patient may be all you need. We have found that one opening always leads to another.
Check your ego at the door. This work is very humbling. It is a constant reminder that it is only about us in that we are willing to show up. Serve the patients, follow and trust the energy, and remember the true healers are the patients and the Reiki.
You can find the full article at: http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/how_we_got_reiki_in_to_the_hosp.html