Date of Conferral







Leslie Hussey


The ability to pass a rigorous nursing curriculum and subsequently pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam is a requirement for nursing students to enter the nursing profession. Test anxiety may lead students to perform poorly on exams but emotional intelligence (EI) may buffer stress, improve communication, decrease anxiety, and improve nursing performance. The purpose of this descriptive, correlational study, guided by the EI theory, was to determine if there was a relationship among EI, the ATI -RN Comprehensive Predictor score, and first time pass rates on the NCLEX-RN among registered nurses who had graduated from an associate degree nursing program within the past 12 months. Emails were sent to 16,812 RNs from Ohio and Florida and posted on several social media sites. A total of 80 RNs ranging in age from 25-44 years completed the Schutte Self-Report EI survey. Data were analyzed using multiple linear regression which revealed that there was no statistically significant relationship between associate degree RNs who graduated within the past year and had completed the ATI-RN NCLEX predictor exam and EI. Future research could include a mixed method research design to investigate common themes of nursing students about EI and include participants from other types of nursing programs. Findings from the current study may provide nursing program administers with information to assist students in passing important exams such as the NCLEX.