The utilisation of emotional intelligence capabilities in clinical reasoning and decision making: a qualitative, exploratory study
Pre-print of Hutchinson, M, Hurley, J, Kozlowski, D & Whitehair, L 2017, 'The utilisation of emotional intelligence capabilities in clinical reasoning and decision making: a qualitative, exploratory study', Journal of Clinical Nursing.
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Aims and objectives: To explore clinical nurses' experiences of utilising emotional intelligence capabilities during clinical reasoning and decision making.
Background: There has been little research exploring whether, or how, nurses employ emotional intelligence (EI) in clinical reasoning and decision making.
Design: Qualitative phase of a larger mixed-method study.
Methods: Semi-structured qualitative interviews with a purposive sample of Registered Nurses (n=12) following EI training and coaching. Constructivist thematic analysis was employed to analysed the narrative transcripts.
Results: Three themes emerged: the sensibility to engage EI capabilities in clinical contexts; motivation to actively engage with emotions in clinical decision making; and incorporating emotional and technical perspectives in decision-making.
Conclusion: Continuing to separate cognition and emotion in research, theorising and scholarship on clinical reasoning is counterproductive. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.