A study carried out in Ghana has highlighted the connection between emotional intelligence and job satisfaction in nurses. Emotional intelligence refers to the ability of an individual to recognize, understand, and control their emotions as well as the emotions of others. In the field of nursing where interaction with patients is important, emotional intelligence is very vital.
This study, by Theophilus Tagoe and Emmanuel Nii-Boye Quarshie of the University of Ghana, assessed how emotional intelligence relates to job satisfaction in nurses. The researchers sampled 120 nurses from three public hospitals in Accra.
The results of the study affirmed that emotional intelligence is linked to job satisfaction in nurses. It was also found that there were no major differences between both genders in terms of emotional intelligence and job satisfaction. The researchers noted that more studies are needed to determine how emotional intelligence affects other psychological variables in nursing. This study appeared in the Nursing Open journal.