Any INTJ personality nurses out there…I need help in choosing any advance nursing car - page 3

I have been a nurse for 4 years, different settings such as telemetry (2 years), ER (3 months), stepdown (6 months) , telemetry float (6 month), ICU staff (1 year), ICU float (3 months)…I know that it doesn’t look like a stable... Read More

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    I'm also an INTJ. I took the text last year and a few years before that and scored the same both times.

    I just reread the replies to the OP, and I love it. I too think that nursing isn't sciencey enough. I should've gone to medical school, and I was premed with my first degree. However, being that I get bored easily I wanted to move on and do other things. I was tired of school at the time so after an eight year hiatus I'm back finishing up the first of a four semeste BSN program.

    Given the options, I like the emergency department as an entry level clinical environment, because I l(ike another INTJ on here) was a paramedic. That was more of a hobby than anything else just to experience "medical stuff." I also enjoyed the extra income although I never spent any of it, lol.

    An administrative career, say hospital administration, would be interesting. I'm certain I'd enjoy that, at least for a while. I moved into an administrative position in my last career, and I really enjoyed all of that. Being a CRNA would be interesting. I was actually encouraged to do that when I was in paramedic school due to the interest I showed in airway management and patient monitoring. That also seems pretty intense, which appeals to me, since the level of physiology, patho, and pharm. involved is interesting. There aren't that many programs, and since I don't want to work in critical care I doubt I'll pursue that.

    I'd like to have more diagnostic knowledge so I'm thinking an MSN in FNP, whether I used it or not, would be appealing. Honestly, that with a graduate certificate in healthcare administration is what I think I'd like to do in the long run.
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    This thread is making me nervous. I am an INTJ also. Before I even clicked on the link to take the test, I knew I was an INTJ. I could tell just by reading all of your posts. I am wrapping up my first semester of nursing school.
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    Quote from TDCHIM
    I'm an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, although I don't place much faith in those sorts of tests. In the end, we are what we make of our opportunities and gifts; we aren't predetermined to succeed in one field and fail miserably in another simply due to a jumble of letters on a personality test.

    That said, you might consider health information management. It encompasses a broad area - everything from coding to health informatics and data analysis to designing and working with EHR systems to safeguarding the privacy of health care records. I understand your desire for new and ever-changing challenges - I tend to master things quickly and get bored once I do, so I need a field that I can use to transition into many different challenging areas (preferably those in which I don't have to work with lots of other people all the time). My personal interests lie in health informatics and healthcare data analysis, and it sounds as though you might have similar interests. Another thought for you is the role of a clinical documentation specialist - your skills as a nurse would be extremely valuable in that role, and your talents for organization, patterns, and analysis would stand you in good stead while working to master the nitty-gritty specifics of documentation requirements and coding-related duties. Or perhaps you would enjoy planning, designing, and implementing EHR systems. That sort of thing is very in-demand and will continue to grow as more and more facilities and practices adopt electronic health records. Believe me, there's a great deal of chaos to tame in the process of developing, implementing, and maintaining a complex EHR system. Your organizational skills and talents would certainly be put to good use, and your knowledge of the real-world demands the clinicians who will be using those systems face would make you a prized commodity!

    None of this may appeal to you in the least; however, at least you have some possibilities in front of you. If you're interested in healthcare data analysis and health informatics, try the website of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and look under the Certifications menu at the role of a certified healthcare data analyst (CHDA): The AHIMA and HIMSS websites ( also have plenty of information about EHRs and the people who work to develop and maintain them. Here's a link to a description of the role of a clinical documentation specialist: You can also try the website of the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists for additional information:

    I hope some of that information is useful to you. Feel free to PM me with questions if you like. Good luck to you in your search.
    Thanks so much...very informative and very interesting. I am defint. looking at your suggestions. They seem very interesting and challenging. You sure after reading all these replies that you do not believe in the Myer-Biggs personality categories???? In every reply, I saw myself, my struggles...
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    Thanks all for making me feel that I belong somewhere...But overall, I am greatful to have found nursing regardless. Because it allows me to move around without really affecting my financial situation. Imagine you chose a a boring career with no fluidity and you are an INTJ. OUCH. What a miserable life, I can imagine.
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    Quote from mbarn08
    i am not judging you negatively by saying the following: nursing is not for you... you need to try medical school and become a doctor. your personality type is not a good fit for nursing. i know of your personality type and yes, some nurses with your personality type made the mistake of becoming nurses... like them, you will always be searching for the next big thing and never once be happy when you finally mastered a particular aspect of nursing care because nursing care is not that complicated after some experience; it is just hard work. also, nurses are not given the respect a person of your personality type needs to be happy.

    i read your entire post and i was not shocked that acute care np was suggested to you.. i was shocked you took the bait. in any case, you are correct... np in acute care will not be enough for you too especially since the job market is poor for acute care nps (icus and ers prefer to hire pas and some hospitals will not allow nps to accompany docs on the floors). thus, you will end up going for a doctorate in nursing to be accepted in the health care community. again, drop out and try med school. if not medical school, then go into business for yourself so that you are always challeneged to do more and be more.... gl!
    how are you qualified to make such an assessment?
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    Quote from NurseLay
    Thank you for this post. Most recently, I've looked at obtaining a master's in nurse informatics and then thought that maybe that was too specialized and decided to look at health information management. How long have you been in this field? I stopped looking at nursing informatics because while researching jobs it appeared that most were only temporary jobs and my fear is to get an advanced degree and then have to go back to the bedside once the job is no more. Any advice?
    This one is for both you and the OP:

    HIM is a cool field because, like nursing, it has many different areas of specialization. It's also growing quite a bit because of the push to move health records to an electronic format. When that data is available in such a format rather than confined to traditional paper records, it can usually be searched, scanned for patterns, and analyzed far more easily. I'm in my 3rd year of my bachelor's program; after next year I'll sit for the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) exam and eventually I'll pursue CHDA certification and an advanced (preferably terminal) degree in public health.

    Before I decided to move into this field, I did a fair amount of research and interviewed several people already working in the field. The consensus was that the upcoming deadlines for meaningful use of EHRs and the transition to ICD-10 were going to create a lot of need for well-trained new people in HIM, especially at the RHIA level and beyond. However, I would strongly encourage you to do your own research before making the move to this field. If possible, talk to a few people in the HIM department at your facility, including the manager or director. You can also research the work done by different organizations related to the HIM field. Personally, I find a lot of the work done by the people at AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) very cool, but that's just me.

    @OP: I don't put a lot of stock in personality tests like Myers-Briggs because people tend to see a lot of themselves in multiple descriptions. To me, they're a bit like the spirit readings of people who've "crossed over" into the great beyond - the people participating usually want to buy into what they're being told and can easily do so because many of the descriptions are vague enough to have multiple interpretations. Obviously, there are different sorts of personalities - I just don't buy boxing people into alphabet-soup categories. For the most part, I believe we succeed or fail based on how well we utilize our talents and skills, not on whether our personalities perfectly align with the fields we choose. But that doesn't mean you should believe what I do! That's just my personal opinion.
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    I haven't taken the test myself, will try to do that one of these days. Thanks for info.

    By the way, my former instructor was cool. I know she did her best in dealing with all her students. And I thank her for everything, actually maybe I should say that in person? Nah, I'm not a stalker .... Actually, all the instructors at my former nursing school were alright.

    Yup, no complaints here. Everything's alright with faculty. I take back what I said. It was a 'temporary OOPS' moment -- I take it back, didn't mean it.

    Yup, peace everyone --->>> this is the best I can come up with, with a peace sign (well, rock on!)
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    I just found this post while doing a search for HIM and clin doc specialist, in my seemingly infinite quest to figure out which direction I want to go to get away from the bedside. Eerily, I took the test and am also an INTJ. Literally as I read the description, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I got chills. I could relate to so many of you on here in your descriptions of yourselves. I personally am looking into HIM/HIT and informatics so coming across this was kind of like a welcoming beacon for me. However, I have been a psych nurse for 12 yrs and I am not sure that without med/surg or critical care experience that I will be accepted into a clin doc specialist role but I am certainly going to do some serious looking into it!
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    Since we are talking personality tests....
    I'm an INTJ too and think it's accurate to a 'T'.
    Probably shouldn't have been a nurse ... oh well, maybe it's not too late to change ??
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    I'm an INTJ personality, but not yet a nurse. I have a bachelors of science in Psychology- I have no advice about your situation, but be careful how much stock you put into the Myers Briggs test. It's not I believe it is inaccurate, but it's very difficult to neatly sort personality into sixteen boxes. Best wishes!
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