Levels of “emotional intelligence” are higher than average among mental health nurses, say researchers.
The levels of emotional intelligence also appear to be unaffected by age or experience.
Dutch researchers assessed 98 nurses caring for psychiatric patients.
Female nurses scored higher than men on a range of areas including empathy and emotional self-awareness.
The researchers said: “The mean level of emotional intelligence of this sample of professionals is statistically significant higher than the emotional intelligence of the general population.”
- van Dusseldorp LRVC, van Meijel BKG and Derksen JJL. Emotional intelligence of mental health nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing (2011) 20: 555-562.
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