Is spirituality an important variable as the predictor of emotional labour for nursing students?

BAKSİ A., Surucu H. A.

NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, vol.79, pp.135-141, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 79
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.nedt.2019.05.025
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.135-141


In the present study, the purpose was to examine nursing students' spirituality and their sociodemographic and professional characteristics as the predictor of emotional labour. In the study, the descriptive cross-sectional and relational research design was used. The study was carried out with 167 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students from the School of Health at a state university located in Southeast of Turkey. For the analysis of the data, descriptive statistics, correlations and stepwise multilinear regression analysis were used. The results revealed that spirituality (beta = 0.198), the average academic achievement score ranging between 80 and 100 (beta = 0.152), perception of the school atmosphere to be "poor" (beta = -0.367) and "average" (beta = -0.269, p =.048) and a) increasing one's motivation by doing his or her job (Yes) (beta = 0.154) and c) being in a peaceful environment (Yes) (beta = 0.188) for psychological relaxation were found to be important predictors for the sub-dimension of in-depth behaviours of the nurses (p <.05). For the sub-dimension of superficial behaviour, perception of the school atmosphere to be "poor" (beta = -0.204) was a statistically significant predictor (p <.05). As for the intimate behaviour, spirituality (beta = 0.254), c) being in a peaceful environment (Yes) for psychological relaxation (beta = 0.241) and gender (being female) (beta = 0.230) were statistically significant predictors (p <.05). In order for nursing instructors and nurses to manage the nursing students' emotional labour process well, an appropriate educational and clinic environment should be established. Also, strategies considering nursing students' spiritual values and development should be developed.