Emotional intelligence and affective events in nurse education: a narrative review

Lewis, Gillian M., Neville, Christine and Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2017) Emotional intelligence and affective events in nurse education: a narrative review. Nurse Education Today, 53 34-40. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2017.04.001

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Author Lewis, Gillian M.
Neville, Christine
Ashkanasy, Neal M.
Title Emotional intelligence and affective events in nurse education: a narrative review
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2017-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2017.04.001
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 53
Start page 34
End page 40
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To investigate the current state of knowledge about emotional intelligence and affective events that arise during nursing students’ clinical placement experiences.

Design: Narrative literature review.

Data sources: CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Scopus, Web of Science, ERIC and APAIS-Health databases published in English between 1990 and 2016.

Review methods: Data extraction from and constant comparative analysis of ten (10) research articles.

Results: We found four main themes: (1) emotional intelligence buffers stress; (2) emotional intelligence reduces anxiety associated with end of life care; (3) emotional intelligence promotes effective communication; and (4) emotional intelligence improves nursing performance.

Conclusions: The articles we analysed adopted a variety of emotional intelligence models. Using the Ashkanasy and Daus “three-stream” taxonomy (Stream 1: ability models; 2: self-report; 3: mixed models), we found that Stream 2 self-report measures were the most popular followed by Stream 3 mixed model measures. None of the studies we surveyed used the Stream 1 approach. Findings nonetheless indicated that emotional intelligence was important in maintaining physical and psychological well-being. We concluded that developing emotional intelligence should be a useful adjunct to improve academic and clinical performance and to reduce the risk of emotional distress during clinical placement experiences. We call for more consistency in the use of emotional intelligence tests as a means to create an empirical evidence base in the field of nurse education.
Keyword Attrition
Emotional intelligence
Students Nursing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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