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Emotional Intelligence of Nurse Managers: An Exploratory Study

Prufeta, Patricia DNP, RN, NEA-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: March 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 3 - p 134–139
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000455

OBJECTIVE The purposes of this study are to determine the level of emotional intelligence (EI) among nurse managers (NMs) in an academic medical center and determine the relationship of EI and demographic variables.

BACKGROUND Emotional intelligence is a concept that warrants further research in nursing because there is a huge gap in knowledge about nurse leaders’ EI.

METHODS Data were collected from 38 NMs recruited from a large academic medical center in the Northeast.

RESULTS Mean EI scores among NMs were average. Nurse managers with less than 2 years of experience had statistically significant lower “using emotions” branch score and strategic EI. Nurse managers with a masters’ degree in nursing scored significantly higher in using emotions branch score than did those with a masters’ degree in a related field.

CONCLUSION Opportunities exist to enhance the EI of NMs.

Author Affiliations: Director of Nursing, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Prufeta, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 525 E 68 St, New York, NY 10065 (

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