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The study was a quasi-experimental study focused on developing an emotional management capacity among the first year nursing students of Boromarajonani College of Nursing Ratchaburi. The study was designed as pre-posttest two groups with the sixth week follow up. The samples participated in each experimental and control groups were 73nursing students. The students in the control groups volunteered to join the program during the first semester of the academic year 2015. The control group had the regular sessions, such as doing exercise or review lesson learned. The experiment group received activities of the program. There were six sessions, took about 45 minutes for each group activity. The instrument used for collecting the data were the viable group plan according to the concepts of increasing group, emotional conflict, and case-based learning developed by the researchers. Three experts commented the group plan and the emotional scales. The emotional conflict scale using Likerts scale were tested for reliability with the 20 of 3rd year nursing students who showed .81 reliability. The data were analyzed using t-test. The findings showed that the emotional conflict scores after the sixth session (X = 40, SD.=.70) were lower than those before joining the groups (X = 48, SD.=.56) with the .05 significance. The emotional conflict scores of the experimental group (X = 40, SD.=.70) after finishing all sessions were lower than those of the control group (X = 47, SD = 82). After the sixth week follows up, the emotional conflict scores of the experimental group (X = 42, SD.=.77) were significantly different from the control groups scores (X = 47, SD.=.89). The program in this study can be used in nursing education regarding student development. They can also be applied in counseling services in dealing with clients. The knowledge gained from the study was useful for making policy regarding health professional educations.