Background and Objectives: Human resources is considered one of the valuable assets in management. This force also forms the powerful basis and foundation of the health care systems; in this regard, nurses can be regarded as the largest group of the health care workforce worldwide. They play an important role in changing the health care system, policy-making, planning, and implementation of health care services. This study aimed at comparing emotional intelligence, sense of self-efficacy, and job satisfaction among nurse educators at the National University of Ardabil and Azad University of Ardabil.
Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive-comparative research and its statistical population includes all the nurse educators at National University and the Islamic Azad University of Ardabil. Among whom, 72 participants were selected by convenience sampling method. For data collection, Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, Bradbury-Graves's Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire, and Sherer's General Self-Efficacy Scale were used. The data were analyzed through chi-square and independent t-test in SPSS/20.
Results: The results of data analysis showed that there is no significant difference among nurse educators of Ardabil National University and Azad University in terms of emotional intelligence and the sense of self-efficacy; however, there was a significant difference between the two groups in terms of job satisfaction (P = 0.001).
Conclusion: The results of this research showed that the nurse educators at Azad University experienced higher degrees of emotional intelligence and sense of self-efficacy than their counterparts at the National University, but this difference was not significantly observable. There was a desirable rate of emotional intelligence in both groups; however, the sense of self-efficacy in both groups was low.