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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-124

The overall impact of emotional intelligence on nursing students and nursing


Department of Nursing, National University, La Jolla, California, USA

Correspondence Address:
Lori Michelangelo
Department of Nursing, National University, La Jolla, California
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.157596

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Healthcare employers often criticize the lack of emotional competency and critical thinking skills demonstrated by newly licensed nurses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether emotional intelligence (EI) training for nurses improves critical thinking and emotional competence enough to justify including EI in nursing curricula. A meta-analysis was conducted inclusive of EI related nursing abilities and traits such as leadership, health, reflection, ethical behavior, nursing student performance, and job retention/satisfaction. Studies of EI constructs, test instruments, and contrary viewpoints were also examined. The analysis included 395 EI studies of approximately 65,300 participants. All the studies reported a positive correlation with EI ranging from weak to strong with a moderate cumulative effect size of r = 0.3022 across all studies. This study may contribute to positive social change by reducing employers time and cost for training newly licensed nurses, thereby decreasing the overall cost of health care to the public.


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