Title : Emotional intelligence perception among student nurses: A key component of the nursing profession
Emotional Intelligence is one of the key factor in completely preparing nursing students for professional practice. The purpose of this study is to describe the Emotional Intelligence (EI) scores of baccalaureate nursing students and to determine if there is a difference among the students across the various levels of the program.
Methodology: This is a cross sectional descriptive study conducted in a public university in Oman using Convenient Sampling technique. Data was collected from 232 participants using TEIQue- SF Questionnaire (Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire-Short Form).
Results: The mean age of students was 21 years and were from different provinces of Oman. The nursing students had moderate scores in all the subscales of emotional intelligence. Statistically significant relationships were found between the perceptions of EI scores and gender and age group.
Discussion and Implications for nursing education:
The findings of the study will throw light on the level of emotional intelligence among nursing students as the skills of emotional intelligence are required to meet the direct patient care and co-operative discussions with multidisciplinary team.. The benefits of high EI will be an added advantage for both patients and nurses as emotional intelligence is a strong predictor of job success. The assimilation of emotional intelligence components into nursing education can be done through the curriculum revision.