Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Marisa L. Wilson


Walden University

College of Health Sciences

This is to certify that the doctoral study by

Rickey King

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.

Review Committee

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.

Walden University



Development of Emotional Intelligence Training for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists


Rickey King

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

Walden University

February 2016

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 - 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.

Included in

Nursing Commons