Any INTJ personality nurses out there…I need help in choosing any advance nursing car - page 4

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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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    Quote from as2633
    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!
    Agree ..but it's the personality facets that are highlighted with the test that have made me rethink nursing.
    Obviously it's not possible to neatly sort everyone.....I don't think people have a problem with understanding that

    However it does fit me and explains why I am dissatisfied with aspects of nursing
    There are aspects of an INTJ that are incompatible with being a nurse - at least a bedside nurse.
    The analytical side, creative thinking ability, intuition and a few more.

    Law or business would have ben much better choices for me personally.
    Personality type is important ... too many nurses don't think about this
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    Quote from pedicurn
    Agree ..but it's the personality facets that are highlighted with the test that have made me rethink nursing.
    Obviously it's not possible to neatly sort everyone.....I don't think people have a problem with understanding that

    However it does fit me and explains why I am dissatisfied with aspects of nursing
    There are aspects of an INTJ that are incompatible with being a nurse - at least a bedside nurse.
    The analytical side, creative thinking ability, intuition and a few more.

    Law or business would have ben much better choices for me personally.
    Personality type is important ... too many nurses don't think about this
    I'm INTJ as well. I'm wrapping up my first year of nursing school. I may not be a nurse yet, but I can tell you that you use analytical skills, creative thinking, and intuition as a bedside nurse. Nursing is challenging, and nurses are always learning. This is what drew me to nursing. I thought about law school before, but really liked the sciences and the medical field. My dream is to be a Neuro Nurse. Good luck to you.
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    Quote from mfrancisco
    I'm INTJ as well. I'm wrapping up my first year of nursing school. I may not be a nurse yet, but I can tell you that you use analytical skills, creative thinking, and intuition as a bedside nurse. Nursing is challenging, and nurses are always learning. This is what drew me to nursing. I thought about law school before, but really liked the sciences and the medical field. My dream is to be a Neuro Nurse. Good luck to you.
    Actually not to the extent that you might if you were a lawyer or in business.
    Particularly not creative thinking ...creative thinkers are seen as 'difficult' by much of nursing.
    The analytical skills required don't come close to what's required in other professional fields
    Not by a long shot ....sorry
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    Deciding ones personality type and aligning to nursing speciality is very important.
    Too many of us don't do that.
    I believe that many of our cultural issues can be reduced if we would do that.
    Job satisfaction and retention would improve too
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    I'm an ISTJ

    Ah great more fuel for the "I shouldn't be a nurse" thoughts in my head. My mom is on the introverted side but she's been a nurse for years and enjoys it. If you enjoy it I guess that works.
    Last edit by Catch22Personified on Apr 25, '11
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    Quote from pedicurn
    Actually not to the extent that you might if you were a lawyer or in business.
    Particularly not creative thinking ...creative thinkers are seen as 'difficult' by much of nursing.
    The analytical skills required don't come close to what's required in other professional fields
    Not by a long shot ....sorry
    I hear you, because I had some misconceptions about nursing as well. I had my own doubts prior to taking the plunge. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I really think you just don't know until you see what nurses really do all day. What are you basing your opinion of the functions of a nurse on? Have you actually been able to be in a hospital shadowing a nurse? If you haven't, it might be a good idea to do that a few times. I also may have a different perspective. My clinical rotation is currently at a large teaching hospital, and I also work there on the weekends. The nurses are constantly learning, and there is a lot of collaborative care going on in this environment.

    Good luck in your career choice. Not everyone can or should be a nurse or a lawyer, so it's great that we all make different choices.
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    Quote from mfrancisco
    I hear you, because I had some misconceptions about nursing as well. I had my own doubts prior to taking the plunge. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I really think you just don't know until you see what nurses really do all day. What are you basing your opinion of the functions of a nurse on? Have you actually been able to be in a hospital shadowing a nurse? If you haven't, it might be a good idea to do that a few times. I also may have a different perspective. My clinical rotation is currently at a large teaching hospital, and I also work there on the weekends. The nurses are constantly learning, and there is a lot of collaborative care going on in this environment.

    Good luck in your career choice. Not everyone can or should be a nurse or a lawyer, so it's great that we all make different choices.
    I am basing my views on *cough cough* on being in nursing for a long time - at least two decades. Plus a BSN and a masters.
    Also concurrently having had corporate experience.
    Lots of bedside plus also administrative nursing experience
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    Quote from pedicurn
    I am basing my views on *cough cough* on being in nursing for a long time - at least two decades. Plus a BSN and a masters.
    Also concurrently having had corporate experience.
    Lots of bedside plus also administrative nursing experience
    Lol. You sure you've given it enough time?

    Another INTJ here. I always wanted to be a physicist.....
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    Quote from CompleteUnknown
    Lol. You sure you've given it enough time?

    Another INTJ here. I always wanted to be a physicist.....
    My first instincts prior to nursing school were the physical sciences, law and business.
    Not all at once though
    I understand these are good fields for an INTJ.
    I love geology so would love to do that.
    But business would allow me to use some creative thinking skills and I would love that.
    LOL it's been a long time but nursing has afforded me quite a lot of flexibility ...which the other areas don't.
    Better late than never
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    Quote from CompleteUnknown
    Lol. You sure you've given it enough time?
    That made me laugh!

    Bedside clinical nursing definitely involves problem-solving - it just tends to be more pulling-the-drowning-villagers-from-the-rushing-river problem-solving versus why-the-heck-are-so-many-villagers-falling-in-the-river-in-the-first-place problem-solving. Both are valuable problem-solving skills! I'm better at the latter but if I'm in acute crisis I sure as heck want someone good at the former by my side!


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