Relationship between Nursing Students’ Emotional Intelligence and Communication Skills during the Conduction of Health Education

Document Type : Research articles


1 Nursing Education, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University

2 Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University.


Background: Nursing students deal with clients with different cultures, religions, emotions, desires, needs and beliefs. This diversity of clients’ personalities is considered as a barrier that nursing students might face during the conduction of health education. To overcome these difficulties, nursing students need to be competent in soft skills to become effective health educators. Aim: this study aims to determine the relationship between nursing students’ emotional intelligence and communication skills during the conduction of health education. Research design: Descriptive correlational research design was followed in the present study. Study setting: The study was conducted at different community health nursing clinical settings at Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University. Study tools: two tools were used for data collection, namely: Tool I: Communication Skills Observational Checklist (CSOC), Tool II: Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire Short Form (TEIQueSF). Study subjects: The study subjects consisted of 210 undergraduate nursing students in the fourth level, who were enrolled at the clinical training at Community Health Nursing Department during the academic year 2021-2022. Result: There was a significant positive, strong and parallel relationship between study subjects’ EI skills scores and their CS scores (P<0.036). Conclusion: Soft skills are key elements for nursing students to convey caring attributes during the conduction of health education. Recommendation: Emotional intelligence concept should be integrated early at the first level into the nursing curriculum.