Title: Emotional Intelligence, Length of Service and Work-Life Balance among Nurses in Tertiary Hospitals in Rivers State
Author(s): WADI O. Elizabeth
Abstract: The study examined the influence of emotional intelligence and length of service on work-life balance among nurses in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State. These were with a view to providing further insight into factors that predict the work-life balance of nurse in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design using primary data source. Data were collected among nurses in the two tertiary hospitals in Rivers State, these are University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) and Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH). Two hundred and ninety four (294) nurses comprising males 69 (23.5%) and females 225 (76.55%) selected by convenience sampling participated in the study. The age of the participants ranged from 22 to 59 years with a mean age of 38.29 years and standard deviation of 8.84 years. Work-Life Balance Scale (WLBS) and Emotional Intelligence Scale (EIS) were used. Data collected were analysed using multiple regression analysis. Results indicated that emotional intelligence accounted for 4.5% of the observed variance of work-life balance among nurses in Tertiary Hospitals in Rivers State (R2=0.045, p.05). It is therefore concluded that emotional intelligence independently predicted work-life balance of nurses in Tertiary hospitals of Rivers State while length of service does not. This result tended to confirm and contradict some of the literatures reviewed.
Keywords: Work-Life Balance, Emotional Intelligence, Length of Service, Nurses, Tertiary Hospitals

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