This research study is a summary of the full report 'Promoting regional student nurse wellbeing, resilience, and retention through an emotional intelligence intervention' prepared in February, 2018 by:
- School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour
- Dr Desirée Kozlowski
- Professor John Hurley
- Associate Professor Marie Hutchinson
The Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus draws students from a region that has a high representation of socio-economically disadvantaged populations. Many students undertaking nursing are the first in their families to be entering university, are needing to also work to support families, and are at high risk of drop out due to these factors. This situation is further compounded by high levels of clinical placement for students in the Bachelor of Nursing program, which occur in addition to a full academic workload, creating additional financial, personal and social burdens for these students.
This was a comparative cohort pilot study. The active intervention consisted of a 4 hour EI program using the Genos Model of EI and follow up data collection 6 weeks post-training.
All students in the years 1-2 nursing cohort at Coffs Harbour were offered the opportunity to participate in the EI intervention, and an equal number of students at the Gold Coast campus were invited to participate as a comparison group.
Before commencement of the program (T1), all students enrolled into the intervention were requested to complete baseline questionnaires measuring their EI (Genos EI Workplace Behaviour Self Report), well-being (the World Health Organisation WHO-5 Well-being Index), and resilience (Connors-Davidson Resilience Scale 25). Six weeks later, students were asked to complete the same measure for a second time (T2).
1. Significant increase in EI
2. Significant increase in psychological well-being
“[The training] was highly rewarding and beneficial ... to learn about self and change for the better ... to grow into someone you didn’t know you could be...”