Comparison of Newly Graduated Nurses’ and Doctors’ Opinions About Spiritual Care and Their Emotional Intelligence Levels

  • Selma SabanciogullariEmail author
  • Nazmiye Çatal
  • Fatma Doğaner
Original Paper


The study has been conducted to compare newly graduated nurses’ and doctors’ opinions about spiritual care and their emotional intelligence levels. Descriptive study’s sample consisted of 50 nurses and 50 doctors who graduated from a university’s medical faculty and health faculty recently. Data were collected by Personal Information Form, Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale, and Schutte Emotional Intelligence Scale. Emotional intelligence (t = 3.42, p = 0.001) and spirituality and spiritual care detection levels (t = 3.63, p = 0.000) of nurses were found to be higher than those of doctors, and the difference between them was statistically significant. 84% of nurses and 50% of doctors stated that the spiritual care is necessary. While most of the nurses reported that they got training on spiritual care, only 32% of doctors said they did get.


Nurse Doctor Spiritual care Emotional intelligence Turkey 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Limitations of the Research

The results obtained from the research belong only to nurses and doctors who have just graduated from a university. The results of the research consist of responses of nurses and doctors to scale items.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

It was stated that no private information would be disclosed to someone else besides the researcher, since confidentiality of patients and their privacy were respected by the researcher.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. Informed consent was taken from the individuals who agreed to participate in the study. The study was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of the Declaration of Helsinki.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Selma Sabanciogullari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nazmiye Çatal
    • 2
  • Fatma Doğaner
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Susehri School of HealthSivas Cumhuriyet UniversitySivasTurkey
  2. 2.Bagcılar Training and Research HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Erzurum Nene Hatun Gynecology HospitalErzurumTurkey

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