Date of Graduation

Summer 8-17-2018

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly L'Engle


Background: The nursing shortage is only growing in the United States, and poor nursing student retention is not helping the situation. Resilience must be promoted among nursing students to establish a healthy foundation for when they enter the nursing profession. One method for doing so is through emotional competence training.

Methods: A one-hour workshop to provide an introductory training on emotional competence was offered to 717 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and 30 Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) students. A needs assessment survey was conducted to determine how the workshop should be structured. After piloting two workshops, an evaluation survey was conducted to determine the workshops’ effectiveness and ways to improve.

Results: Based on survey responses from 181 BSN and 12 MSBH students, participants overwhelmingly cited the need and desire for emotional competence training. Despite low workshop attendance, the workshop was considered helpful, valuable, and interesting by both BSN and MSBH participants.

Conclusion: Overall, emotional competence training appears to be desired and needed among nursing and health professions students. Additional research is needed on integrating emotional competence training into nursing and health professions schools and the most effective methods for increasing student participation in the trainings.