Ms Lee Peng Lui

Research project: Emotional intelligence and compassion in trainee nursing associates


Report of poor nursing care in recent years and several NHS scandals (Francis Report and Winterbourne Report) have raised the question of whether compassion is lacking in nursing in modern times. Increasing work pressures, under resourcing, stress, staffing issues and toxic organisational cultures are some of the factors that impact on nurses ability to be compassion. Emotional labour in nursing is a well recognised concept that could impair nurses' ability to perceive and recognise emotions, and suffering, in others. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, recognise, understand and manage one's and other's emotions. Studies have shown a relationship between emotional intelligence and caring and empathy. The study will explore the relationship between emotional intelligence and compassion.


I am a nurse and was working in anaesthetics for many years before I moved to teaching. I am the module leader for Theatre Practice and Anaesthetic Practice, as well as Course Lead for the MSc Healthcare Practice. My interest is in anaesthetics (clinical) and nurse education. My MSc dissertation explored the perceptions of nurse mentors and managers on the Foundation Degree Programme (Associate Practitioners).

Areas of research interest

  • nursing education
  • compassion
  • emotional intelligence
  • anaesthesia


  • MSc Healthcare Education and Clinical Leadership
  • PgCert in Learning and Teaching
  • BSc Nursing

Funding or awards received

  • Small grant from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2018) to work on Eramus+ application on patient safety
  • Nursing Student award (2015)

Conference papers

World Nurse Conference in Singapore (2014) - Perceptions of nurse mentors and managers on the Foundation Degree programme