Academic Success and Emotional Competence in the Higher Education Nursing Students

Abstract

1. Aims: To analyse the influences of emotional competence in the academic performance of the higher education nursing students. Emotional intelligence has an increasingly important role not only in people´s well-being but also as a fundamental factor in personal, professional and social development and success. 2. Method: The data collection was carried out in September 2014, with a sample of 119 students and the type of study is characterized as quantitative non-experimental, descriptive-correlacional study of cross-section. For the collection of data we used a socio demographic, academic questionnaire and an emotional competence questionnaire adapted to the Portuguese context by Lawrence and Faria (2001). After data collection proceeded to their analysis, the SPSS program, version 19.0 for Windows. 3. Results: The emotional perception factor is statistically higher on the students under the age of 25, low socio-economical income and those who live in rural areas. Globally, the ability to deal with emotions is the factor that has more influence on academic success. 4. Conclusion: On the relationship between the academic performance and the emotional competence highlights the ability to deal with emotions. The results found in this study invites to a reflection on the implementation of strategies to develop in nursing students the emotional competence, taking into account their economic context.



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Alexandrina de Jesus Serra Lobo, Escola Superior de Enfermagem Dr. José Timóteo Montalvão Machado, Portugal
Susana Alexandra Sevivas Santos, Escola Superior de Enfermagem Dr. José Timóteo Montalvão Machado, Portugal
Delfina Ana Pereira Ramos Teixeira, Escola Superior de Enfermagem Dr. José Timóteo Montalvão Machado, Portugal
Vitor Manuel Teixeira Machado, Escola Superior de Enfermagem Dr. José Timóteo Montalvão Machado, Portugal
Abel Jose Charneco Martins, Escola Superior de Enfermagem Dr. José Timóteo Montalvão Machado, Portugal

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: Student learning

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