Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief
Being more emotionally inelligent - you know, being more of a 'people person', surely makes you a good nurse and more likely to complete your programme as a student...surely, as would previous caring experience; it makes sense. Or does it? This was the topic of an article from Soctland by Snowden et al. (2017) titled: 'The relationship between emotional intelligence, previous caring experience, and successful completion of a pre-registration nursing/midwifery degree' and published in JAN. The aim of the study was to: 'examine the relationship between baseline emotional intelligence and prior caring experience with completion of pre-registration nurse and midwifery education'.
Emotional intelligence was measured in nearly 900 nursing students from two universities in Scotland and a record was taken of any previous experience in nursing. The results suggest that, in fact, emotional intelligence is positively related to completing the nursing programme but that previous caring experience is not. This, of course, challenges current UK government policy which is trying to insist on all nursing students having previous caring experience. The authors concluded that measures of emotional intelligence should not yet be used in recruiting nursing students as, despite their results, a great deal more work is needed; this was a relationship, it did not provide score ranges to enable selection. While they do not say that previous experience should not be used, it seems clear to me that this is not a useful consideration in recruiting nursing students.
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Snowden, A., Stenhouse, R., Duers, L., Marshall, S., Carver, F., Brown, N. and Young, J. (2017), The relationship between emotional intelligence, previous caring experience, and successful completion of a pre-registration nursing/midwifery degree. J Adv Nurs. doi:10.1111/jan.13455