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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 82-88

Ability emotional intelligence of nurse managers in the Midwestern United States

1 Hawaii Pacific Health, Pali Momi Medical Center, Aiea Hawaii, HI, USA
2 Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Susan M Ohlson
Hawaii Pacific Health, Pali Momi Medical Center, Aiea Hawaii, HI
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.155733

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Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the emotional intelligence (EI) and examine the corresponding demographic characteristics of front-line Nurse Managers in acute care settings. Methods: This quantitative descriptive study was conducted in eight acute care hospitals in the Midwestern United States. The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) was used to measure the EI of 87 front-line Nurse Managers. Demographic characteristics of the participants were captured on a second tool, the Nurse Manager Demographic Characteristics questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used for analysis. Results: Significant correlations were found between the perceiving and using branches of the model and total EI score and nurses certified in a specialty. No significant correlations were found between EI and graduate education, age, years in management, percentage of time in management or number of direct reports. Considerations for future research are discussed. Conclusions: Opportunity exists to develop EI in front-line Nurse Managers.

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