Thursday, 10 May 2018

Commentary: Emotional Intelligence or Emotional Competency?

Commentary on: Snowden, A., Stenhouse, R., Duers, L., Marshall, S., Carver, F., Brown, N., & young, J. (2018). The relationship between emotional intelligence, previous caring experience and successful completion of a pre-registered nursing/midwifery degree. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(2), 433-442. doi: 10.1111/jan.13455

Deborah Hoeltzell, BSN, BFA, RN, CCRN, CPAN, CNRN

I was pleased to have read the article from the February 2018 edition, “The relationship between emotional intelligence, previous caring experience and successful completion of a pre-registration of a nursing/midwifery degree”. Currently, emotional intelligence and emotional competence are the buzz-words for nursing management, leadership, and educators. The authors in-depth study correlated emotional intelligence with successful completion in nursing studies. The subject is valid for the competitive heath care field. Considering emotional intelligence as a trait, and in the “nature versus nurture” debate on traits and competency, would it not be more logical to base importance upon emotional competency, rather than intelligence? According to Na, Wilkinson, Karny, Blackstone, & Stifter (2016) emotional competency compromises skills, such as emotional self-efficacy, inter-relational communication, identifying other’s emotions, awareness of one’s emotions, and capacities for empathetic and sympathetic involvement. These are a few factors to be considered for future nurse candidates.

Including these skills as nursing competencies can provide a refined dimension to an educational curriculum. Whether the potential nursing student has a high or low emotional intelligence would not be a deterrent to completion of a nursing degree. Today’s nurse must be self-aware and equipped with skills to maintain emotional well-being.
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References

Snowden, A., Stenhouse, R., Duers, L., Marshall, S., Carver, F., Brown, N., & young, J. (2018). The relationship between emotional intelligence, previous caring experience and successful completion of a pre-registered nursing/midwifery degree. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(2), 433-442. doi: 10.1111/jan.13455

Na, J. Y., Wilkinson, K., Karny, M., Blackstone, S., & Stifter, C. (2016). A synthesis of relevant literature on the development of emotional competence: Implications for design of augmentative and alternative communication systems. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25, 441-452. doi: 10.1044/2016_AJSLP-14-0124





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