Despite having little direct impact on success in life and business, a person’s intelligence quotient (IQ) is often a great source of pride. An IQ test is best at predicting how quickly a person can learn or how well they will do at school. If you’re a nurse, however, you’re beginning to realize why this measure is barely relevant for nurses. A massive part of an RN’s success and happiness depends on their ability to interact well with their patients. A high IQ fails miserably at predicting this ability. In contrast, high emotional intelligence can guide you through the intricate human interactions that define our work. Yes, your emotional intelligence can be measured, and your emotional quotient (EQ) just might be the most important factor in nursing success.
How a high emotional quotient helps your patients
Put simply, emotional intelligence is the ability to read, interpret, and react appropriately to emotional cues (and you thought interpreting ABG’s was hard!). Nursing requires a delicate touch, perhaps more so than any other career. In the darkest moments of their life, one patient might need quiet comfort and support, while another might appreciate some light-hearted humor. The ability to read these subtle cues will make you a much more approachable, empathetic caregiver.
EQ and your interactions with your coworkers
Effective health care is an intricate, collaborative effort. Effective communication and positive interactions are vital to getting the job done. Between their own team and the alternate shifts, RN’s must collaborate with a huge and diverse group of peers. Maintaining a cohesive, professional interaction with such a variety of people requires you to be attentive to their personalities and changing emotional states.
Emotional intelligence and your own self-awareness
When it comes to interacting with our patients, we’re required to keep it together. No matter how difficult your workload might be, no matter how frustrating your day has become, you have to show a kind, strong face to your patients. Does this mean you don’t have limits? Of course not! Being aware of your own emotional state can keep you from taking on too much. When under intense pressure, a nurse who is emotionally intelligent will know when and how to ask for help.
How your emotional intelligence can guide your career path
Part of being self-aware is knowing when you are dissatisfied. Often, a great deal of our stress springs from feeling trapped in an unfulfilling situation. If this is the case, there’s no need to be frightened of making a change. If you are interested in seeking a nursing position that is a better fit for your career path and your emotional needs, we can help. MSG Staffing has over a decade helping talented healthcare professionals like you find fulfilling nursing positions across the nation. Contact us today to learn more about our services.