Emotional Intelligence (EI), often measured as an Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ), describes ability, capacity, skill or a self-perceived ability, to identify, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups.The study is titled “Correlational study on emotional intelligence and academic performance of nursing students in a selected college of nursing, Kochi”. The objectives were 1) to determine the emotional intelligence of the nursing students. 2) to determine the academic performance of the nursing students. 3) to correlate the emotional intelligence and the academic performance of the nursing students. 4) to determine influencing factors of emotional intelligence and academic performance. Methodology: A quantitative approach, descriptive correlational design, among 90 nursing students who were selected by stratified random sampling technique and the data were collected using an Emotional intelligence questionnaire. Results:Overall academic performance has a positive correlation between adaptability(0.540), achievement (0.539), conflict management (0.549), teamwork and collaboration (0.553), influence (0.660). Correlation between the emotional intelligence and academic performance during higher secondary level of the students shows a significant positive correlation in the ability to adapt (r=0.500) and achievement (r=0.508). Correlation between the emotional intelligence and academic performance during the previous year of the nursing students shows a significant positive correlation in the area of conflict management (r=0.544). The association between emotional intelligence and socio demographic variables shows that except gender (p>0.05), none of the variables are associated with EQ and in regard of academic performance, it has no association with any of the socio demographic variables (p>0.05). Conclusions: Nursing students who were more emotionally intelligent performed better in both the continuous assessments and the final professional examination. Therefore, it is possible that emotional skill development may enhance nursing students' academic performance.
J. W and Prof. Sheela Pavithran, “Correlational Study on Emotional Intelligence and Academic Performance of Nursing Students in a Selected College of Nursing”, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Health Care, vol. 4, no. 5, 2015.