Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Marisa L. Wilson
College of Health Sciences
This is to certify that the doctoral study by
has been found to be complete and satisfactory in all respects,
and that any and all revisions required by
the review committee have been made.
Dr. Marisa Wilson, Committee Chairperson, Health Services Faculty
Dr. Murielle Beene, Committee Member, Health Services Faculty
Dr. Deborah Lewis, University Reviewer, Health Services Faculty
Chief Academic Officer
Eric Riedel, Ph.D.
Development of Emotional Intelligence Training for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
MSNA, Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia, 2006
BSN, Jacksonville University, 2003
ASN, Oklahoma State University, 1988
Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Degree of
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The operating room is a high stress, high stakes, emotionally charged area with an interdisciplinary team that must work cohesively for the benefit of all. If an operating room staff does not understand those emotions, such a deficit can lead to decreased effective communication and an ineffectual response to problems. Emotional intelligence is a conceptual framework encompassing the ability to identify, assess, perceive, and manage emotions. The research question for this project is aimed at understanding how an educational intervention could help to improve the emotional intelligence of anesthetists and their ability to communicate with other operation room staff to produce effective problem solving. The purpose of this scholarly project was to design a 5-week evidence-based, educational intervention that will be implemented for 16 nurse anesthetists practicing in 3 rural hospitals in Southern Kentucky. The Emotional and Social Competency Inventory â?? University Edition will be offered to the nurse anesthetists prior to the educational intervention and 6 weeks post implementation to determine impact on the 12 core concepts of emotional intelligence which are categorized under self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and relationship management. It is hoped that this project will improve emotional intelligence, which directly impacts interdisciplinary communication and produces effective problem solving and improved patient outcomes. The positive social change lies in the ability of the interdisciplinary participants to address stressful events benefitting patients, operating room personnel, and the anesthetist by decreasing negative outcomes and horizontal violence in the operating room.