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Emotional Intelligence Relates to NCLEX and Standardized Readiness Test

A Pilot Study

Rode, Jennifer, PhD, RN; Brown, Karen, MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000565
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Background Understanding what factors contribute to NCLEX-RN success is critical to nursing programs. Emotional intelligence is one factor that warrants investigation.

Purpose The purpose of our study was to examine emotional intelligence, measured via the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test 2.0, to 2 standardized measures of nursing student performance: the Kaplan Nursing Assessment Test (NAT) and NCLEX-RN success.

Methods A descriptive, cohort design with 2 data collections times points (n = 53) evaluated the contribution of emotional intelligence to NAT and to NCLEX-RN success, while controlling for age.

Results Emotional intelligence global scores were significantly related to both NAT and NCLEX-RN. Understanding emotions branch was a significant predictor of NAT. Perceiving emotions and understanding emotions branches were both significant predictors of NCLEX-RN.

Conclusions Results suggest that enhancing nursing curriculum to include training in perceiving and understanding emotions may be beneficial in augmenting student success.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Rode) and Assistant Professor (Ms Brown), Department of Nursing, Miami University, Hamilton, Ohio.

The authors declare a current relationship with Kaplan. The authors' institution is contracted to use Kaplan in their nursing program. Students pay fees to Kaplan for testing services.

Correspondence: Dr Rode, 1601 University Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45011 (

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Accepted for publication: May 1, 2018

Published ahead of print: August 11, 2018

Cite this article as: Rode J, Brown K. Emotional intelligence relates to NCLEX and standardized readiness test: a pilot study. Nurse Educ. 2019;44(3):154-158. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000565

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