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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55

Introduction to the Guest Editor

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. Introduction to the Guest Editor. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs 2015;2:55

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. Introduction to the Guest Editor. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Jan 25];2:55. Available from: https://www.apjon.org/text.asp?2015/2/2/55/157559

The Guest Editor for this special issue dedicated to Emotional Intelligence (EI) in nursing is Dr. Estelle Codier, Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Codier's research was the first to demonstrate a significant correlation between measured emotional intelligence ability and both performance and retention in clinical nurses. Further research explored EI as a concept in nursing and differences among types of nursing education as well as EI and gender. More recently, she explored the means to teach EI ability effectively, gathering data about the impact of EI clinical rounds and peer coaching on both measured and perceived emotional intelligence ability. Her current interests are building EI in interdisciplinary teams, and exploring EI instruments specific to the nursing population.

Dr. Codier is passionate about building a global community of EI nurse researchers who collaborate, support each other, share resources and work together to build the body of nursing EI research. She welcomes news from all nurses doing EI research, be they undergraduates, PhD students doing EI studies, or academics interested in building a body of their own EI research.

Introduction to the Special Issue: Why do EI Models Matter?

On behalf of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, I would like to welcome readers to this special issue dedicated to the exciting topic of Emotional Intelligence in nursing. This new field of has been gaining momentum over the past two decades and this issue will showcase findings from some of the most recent research in the field. As guest editor for this special issue, I would like to introduce the articles by briefly discussing the importance of understanding Emotional Intelligence models and their impact on data credibility as we build the body of nursing EI literature.

It is not problematic that a variety of models exist for a central concept when there is general consensus on the central concept itself. There are many models of stress, for example, but they do not differ widely in their conceptualization and definitions of the concept. Emotional intelligence, however, emerged as a new concept that has developed over the past three decades and yet no consensus definition exists. There is wide disagreement about whether EI is an ability, a personality function, or both. The instruments for measuring the different models also vary widely, including performance instruments, personality self report tests and 360 degree evaluations. As Dr. Michelangelo describes in her meta analysis, this makes summarizing the existing research problematic. She reminds us that the existing body of nursing EI research reflects ability, personality and mixed models. An "apples and oranges" problem may make it impossible to compare study findings with an eye to guiding care and developing standard practices. Additionally, validity and reliability of EI instrumentation among the models vary and affect credibility of study data.

The articles in this issue represent both a variety of types of research and also a variety of approaches to emotional intelligence. There is a commentary, several descriptive studies, a meta analysis and several that explore the impact of variables on nurses EI. A historical, qualitative study is included and one on a concept, emotional labor, which is strongly connected to the discussion of EI in nursing. Many of the studies included in the issue utilized the ability model of EI, and the MSCEIT instrument which has among the strongest validity and reliability of the available EI instruments, relying on performance of EI tasks instead of self reported capabilities. Dr. Montgomery's qualitative, historical study question, "Was Florence Nightingale emotionally intelligent?", posed a difficult challenge. How does one determine performance retrospectively? Using an ability model EI definition and a mixed model framework, Dr. Montgomery utilized a mixed approach.

This is the first nursing journal issue ever to devote the entire issue to emotional intelligence in nursing. It is hoped that this excellent body of work will both inform those interested in emotional intelligence, and support EI nurse researchers beginning or continuing their work.

Both an "invitation only" mini conference on Emotional Intelligence in Nursing (Oahu, Hawaii; August, 2015), and an on line "Nursing EI Consortium" are in the planning process-if you are interested in participating in either of these collaborations, please be in touch with Dr. Codier at [email protected]


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