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Measurement of the Emotional Intelligence Competencies for Effective Leaders among Saudi Nursing Students at King Abdul Al Aziz University

1Public Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2Nursing administration Department, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt


American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019, Vol. 7 No. 4, 420-427
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-7-4-3
Copyright © 2019 Science and Education Publishing

Cite this paper:
Hasna Banjar, Naglaa El Seesy. Measurement of the Emotional Intelligence Competencies for Effective Leaders among Saudi Nursing Students at King Abdul Al Aziz University. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019; 7(4):420-427. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-7-4-3.

Correspondence to: Naglaa  El Seesy, Nursing administration Department, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt. Email: nona20102002@yahoo.com

Abstract

The concept of emotional intelligence (EI) is central to future nurses who will practice in the clinical settings. Aim: to measure emotional intelligence competencies to be effective leaders among Saudi nursing students at King Abdul Al-Aziz University. Research design: Cross sectional quantitative descriptive design. Sampling: Convenient sample of approximately 81 students invited to participate voluntarily. Data collection tool: Emotional intelligence questionnaire is a validated tool that was used to measure emotional intelligence competencies to be effective leaders among Saudi nursing students at King Abdul Al-Aziz University. Results: showed that students need attention in descending order, managing emotions, motivating oneself, empathy and social skill as well as self-awareness competencies of emotional intelligence in order to be effective leaders. Recommendations: nursing students needed to be empower and equipped by EI principles, skills and competencies to face complexities of clinical practice. Nursing faculty could mentor students by providing EI-related workshop to enhance students’ ability to control and emotions properly. (E.g. emotion management, interpersonal communication and self-development) through role-play enacting. Nursing educators may boost students’ self-motivation by creating EI training group and workshops, counseling session and other diverse learning activities. Mentors are valuable methods of counselling for students with special attention at developing self-awareness, interpersonal and social relationships and empathy.

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