#21 – Emotional Intelligence of SRNAs – Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA

Dr Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA discusses his research on Emotional Intelligence of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs).  Highlights include the relevance of emotional intelligence to the practice of anesthesia, models of emotional intelligence and ways that emotional intelligence can be developed as a skill.

Dr Shawn Collins currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Program and the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University (WCU).  Dr Collins completed his anesthesia training at the Erlanger Medical Center at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga and went on to obtain his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University before obtaining his PhD in Leadership from Andrews University.  He maintains his clinical practice at several CRNA-only clinical sites in both North Carolina and Iowa.  At WCU, he was integral in the development of the WCU Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and served as its first director.  He is currently developing WCU’s DNP program for entry-level education for CRNAs.

Podcast highlights:

  • Overview of Dr Collins’ article:  Emotional Intelligence as a Noncognitive Factor in Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists
  • Discuss models and theories of emotional intelligence
  • Discuss the significance of emotional intelligence in the practice of anesthesia for SRNAs & CRNAs
  • Discuss how emotional intelligence is a skill that can be developed
  • Discuss the positive correlation of emotional intelligence to scores on the NBCRNA’s National Certification Exam


Collins S. Emotional Intelligence as a Noncognitive Factor in Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists. AANA Journal [serial online]. December 2013;81(6):465-472. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September 19, 2015.

Collins S, Andrejco K. A longitudinal study of emotional intelligence in graduate nurse anesthesia students. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs [serial online] 2015 [cited 2015 Sep 19];2:56-62. Available from: http://www.apjon.org/text.asp?2015/2/2/56/157566

(We’d like to highlight that podcast producer, Kristin Andrejco, was a co-author, along with Dr Collins, of the above study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing.)

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