IQ vs EQ“ITS IMPACT ON THE PROFESSION” Lesly Louis SRNA Bloomsburg University/Geisinger Health Systems 2017 Fall PANA
Objectives • 1. Learner's will be able to identify difference between emotional quotient and intelligence quotient. • 2. Learner's will understand importance of emotional intelligence in the clinical setting. • 3. Learner's will begin to understand why emphasis should be placed on emotional quotient rather than intelligence quotient in the field of anesthesia. • 4. Learner's will understand the impact emotional quotient has on patients, peers, and students.
What is (IQ) Intelligence Quotient? IQ or intelligence quotient is a total score derived from several standardized test and is designed to assess human intelligence. The score is obtained by dividing a person’s mental age score (which is obtained by administering an intelligence test), by the person’s chronological age, both expressed in terms of years and months. The resulting fraction is multiplied by 100.
What is (EQ) Emotional Quotient/Emotional Intelligence (EI)? Emotional Intelligence is “the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships. Emotional intelligence describes abilities distinct from, but complementary to, academic intelligence.” Daniel Goleman (1998) The three components of Emotional quotients are: Emotional competence Emotional maturity Emotional sensitivity
Impact on the profession • Placing and emphasis on IQ while forsaking EQ has been a detriment to the world of anesthesia. It has led to a number of anesthesia providers who possess the knowledge and ability to provide safe anesthesia, but lack the emotional fortitude to: • Work harmoniously in a team based environment. • Provide patients and their family members with the reassurance that they actually care. • Offer an atmosphere to SRNA’s that is conducive with learning. • Instead these individuals may: • Further promote the stigma that “nurses eat their young”. • Delay collective advancement, for the profession as a whole
"The Cycle Of Stasis" Induction of intelligent people who have relied on individual aptitude to be successful and lack the ability to “work with others.” These people successfully complete school and then are charged with mentoring new SRNA’s. New SRNA’s are unable to learn in an unfavorable environment. SRNA’s begin to believe this is how you teach and upon completion of their program subconsciously teach in a similar pattern. The cycle continues and discord is bred.
Why EQ is important to profession? Placing importance on EQ as opposed to IQ will have a ripple effect on the profession. Before understanding the positive progression the can be made, we must understand one important element. That element is, in order for an individual to matriculate into this profession, it is reasonable to presume they have a normal to high IQ already. If they did not they would not have been able to successfully meet the requirements and advance their career in nursing.
The Ripple effect The progression of that effect is: CRNA programs will admit applicants who possess the emotional stamina to complete a rigorous program and the ability to remain self aware and emotionally present for the sake of their patients, patient’s family and other members of the healthcare team. With time, these applicants will be the professionals that the “CRNA body” is comprised of. These emotionally intelligent individuals will then be responsible for training SRNA’s and providing that demanding yet nurturing environment that everyone deserves to learn in. They will understand the process of coordination, collaboration, and personal sacrifice for the benefit of the greater good and instill this notion in the incoming members.
There is more to us than just brains The purpose of this presentation was not to disrepute the important role that IQ plays in this profession. Instead it was to promote a concept that is often forgotten but is yet so important. C RN A That concept is that in the heart of every CRNA there is an RN. As registered nurses most of the care we provide, is in the form of emotional support.
In the perfect world Emotional quotient is not the antonym of intelligence quotient. There is no war in which heart triumphs over head or vice versa. In the ideal situation, achieving your full potential happens when both heart and brain are dancing to the same song.
Summary • The greatest attribute emotional intelligence has, is that it can be learned. It can grow and it can change. Focusing on emotional intelligence can potentially improve the Nurse anesthesia profession. It can help the profession provide more emotionally inclusive care, support an atmosphere that an SRNA can truly thrive in and promote a more united front that will help combat opposition to our professional advancement. No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. -Theodore Roosevelt
References • Goleman, Daniel. (1995). Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ. New York: Bantam Books. • Goleman, Daniel. (1998). Working with Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books. • Goleman, Daniel (2001). An EI-Based Theory of Performance. In C. Cherniss and D. Goleman (Eds). The Emotionally Intelligent Workplace. (pp. 27-44). San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. • Humphrey, R. H. (2002). The many faces of emotional leadership. Leadership Quarterly, 13, 493–504. ns.