Emotional intelligence: a qualitative study of student nurses' and midwives' theoretical and clinical experience

Dooley, Dolores, East, Leah, and Nagle, Cate (2019) Emotional intelligence: a qualitative study of student nurses' and midwives' theoretical and clinical experience. Contemporary Nurse, 55 (4-5). pp. 341-350.

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Abstract

Background: Emotional intelligence defined as the ability to recognise and respond appropriately to emotions in oneself and others is valued within nursing and midwifery professions.

Objective: To explore nursing and midwifery students' understanding and experiences of emotional intelligence in their undergraduate program.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with undergraduate nursing and midwifery students. Data were recorded, transcribed and underwent thematic analysis.

Findings: Three themes emerged from the interviews with seven participants: Emotional intelligence and undergraduate studies, Emotionally needed to be invested; Emotional intelligence and the clinical environment, I don't want to like harden up; and Emotional intelligence and patient care, I just felt helpless.

Conclusion: The impact of emotions and subsequent behaviours on students' theoretical learning and clinical practice was significant. Students' often felt ill-prepared to portray emotional intelligence, particularly within the clinical environment.

Impact statement: This study provided valuable insights into nursing and midwifery students' understanding and experiences of emotional intelligence.

Item ID: 60581
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-3535
Keywords: emotional intelligence, nursing and midwifery, undergraduate, education
Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 07:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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