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Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual Well-Being: Implications for Spiritual Care

Beauvais, Audrey M.; Stewart, Julie G.; DeNisco, Susan

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000074
Feature: practice/research

ABSTRACT: Understanding factors that influence spiritual well-being may improve nurses' spiritual caregiving. This study examined relationships between emotional intelligence (EI) and spiritual well-being (SWB) in undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Using the Mayer–Salovey–Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS), relationships were found between managing emotion and spiritual well-being, and managing emotion and existential well-being. Implications for education and practice are discussed.

Discover connections between emotional intelligence and spiritual well-being that have implications for nursing education and improving spiritual care practice.

Audrey Beauvais, DNP, RN-BC, serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Sacred Heart University teaching in the undergraduate, masters, and doctor of nursing practice programs.

Julie G. Stewart, DNP, FNP-BC, serves as the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Track Assistant Director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Sacred Heart University teaching in the graduate programs.

Susan DeNisco, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE, serves as the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at Sacred Heart University teaching in the masters and doctoral programs.

Accepted by peer review 7/26/2013.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2014 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship