Laboratory of Integrated Health Care, Nursing Department, University of Peloponnese E & St. Valioti and Plateon Str., 23100, Sparta, Greece
Emotional Intelligence has made a significant contribution to effective leadership, becoming one of the key characteristics of leaders.
Objective: The aim of the present study was to review qualitative and quantitative studies concerning Emotional Intelligence of nurse leaders and the evidence-based composition of their results.
A search was performed in the electronic databases (Pubmed, Scopus and CINAHL) for articles, which were published in the period 2000-2017 in English or Greek. Eleven studies met the inclusion criteria, of which 10 were quantitative and one was qualitative.
The results suggested that Emotional Intelligence is a useful tool for nurse leaders and contributes decisively to the achievement of effective management in healthcare.
It is necessary for nurses to improve their social and emotional skills because of the particular nature of the nursing profession, which places the healthy or weak person at its center.
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