Emotional intelligence in preregistration nurse education
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Evidence and practice    

Emotional intelligence in preregistration nurse education

Marwan Hamad Senior nursing lecturer, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Bolton, Bolton, England
Russell Gurbutt Professor, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Bolton, Bolton, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To familiarise yourself with the various constructs and components of emotional intelligence (EI)

  • To understand how developing EI skills may assist nurses in managing work-related stress

  • To enhance your knowledge of teaching methods that could enhance nursing students’ EI

Emotional intelligence (EI) is considered essential to nursing practice, but it is unclear how best to support nursing students to develop EI skills. This article details a literature review that was undertaken to explore EI in preregistration nurse education and to identify effective methods for developing nursing students’ EI skills. A total of 12 articles were included in the review, from which data were extracted, compared and categorised. Three main areas were identified regarding EI in preregistration nurse education: EI constructs, EI components and EI teaching methods. The review found that a range of EI constructs and components may be included in nurse education curricula, meaning that there is often inconsistency in the approaches used. Classroom teaching methods were primarily used, alongside online methods and experiential methods such as simulation-based learning. The findings of the review suggest there is a need for greater consistency in the EI constructs and components used in preregistration nurse education, as well as further research to determine which EI teaching methods are most effective.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11994

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Hamad M, Gurbutt R (2023) Emotional intelligence in preregistration nurse education. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11994

Published online: 21 September 2023

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