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Emotional intelligence among nursing students: Findings from a cross-sectional study



Leona Cilar


Dominika Vrbnjak

Rosie Stenhouse

Majda Pajnkihar


Emotional intelligence in nursing is of global interest. International studies identify that emotional intelligence influences nurses' work and relationships with patients. It is associated with compassion and care. Nursing students scored higher on measures of emotional intelligence compared to students of other study programmes. The level of emotional intelligence increases with age and tends to be higher in women.

This study aims to measure the differences in emotional intelligence between nursing students with previous caring experience and those without; to examine the effects of gender on emotional intelligence scores; and to test whether nursing students score higher than engineering colleagues on emotional intelligence measures.

A cross-sectional descriptive study design was used.

Settings and Participants
The study included 113 nursing and 104 engineering students at the beginning of their first year of study at a university in Slovenia.

Emotional intelligence was measured using the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue) and Schutte Self Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT).

Shapiro-Wilk's test of normality was used to test the sample distribution, while the differences in mean values were tested using Student t-test of independent samples.

Emotional intelligence was higher in nursing students (n?=?113) than engineering students (n?=?104) in both measures [TEIQue t?=?3.972; p?


Štiglic, G., Cilar, L., Novak, Ž., Vrbnjak, D., Stenhouse, R., Snowden, A., & Pajnkihar, M. (2018). Emotional intelligence among nursing students: Findings from a cross-sectional study. Nurse Education Today,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 6, 2018
Publication Date Apr 6, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 7, 2019
Journal Nurse Education Today
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Emotional intelligence, Caring, Recruitment, Retention, Psychometrics, Nursing
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