Any INTJ personality nurses out there…I need help in choosing any advance nursing car - page 6

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 Phoenixbyrd

    My real question is, how does your INTJ status helpful to you as a bed side nurse? I am also an INTJ, and I am of the belief that my logic-seeking nature can be a strength in the nursing profession.
    I think our personalities are more complex than what this boils them down to. And a variety of personalities do well in nursing, otherwise we'd all be exactly the same and we're not.

    Meyers Briggs personality types are cool information to have, and I think mine is pretty true to me, but it's descriptive, not predictive or diagnostic. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and in addition our interests and desires can open up new skills that we can work to perfect.

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    I'm an INTJ and I have had my fair share of going from one speciality to another to find my niche. Its hard to tell where I will excel during my student nurse years because there's always my mentor/clinical instructor to guide me during clinical practice and to save the day if I made some missteps. So decided that it would be better to determine the best speciality for me once I qualified and worked autonomously.

    After I qualified, the hospital that I went to work allowed me to rotate to various specialities before we were assigned/given the chance to choose our speciality. I tried working in various wards (medical, surgical, pediatric, maternity and so on) and I have to say for an INTJ, it was terribly exhausting. The high turn over of patients during an 8 hour shift was torturous. When my rotation to specialty wards finished I thought "finally, I can have some peace and quiet". My time working in intensive care units (medical ICU, surgical ICU, pediatric, neonatal) were the best experiences I've had. However, working in ICUs meant that most of the time I was solitary. Of course I needed to socialise a bit for professional and personal reasons. After working in ICUs I went to OR and PACU and just like in ICUs it was a fantastic experience especially in trauma surgery. It had the perfect blend of solitary work and a little bit of socialisation every now and then. After OR and PACU I went to emergency, outpatient, and community clinics. I never thought that I would survive in community clinic for 2 years but I have to admit that it was excruciatingly tiresome to have had worked there. I enjoyed working in emergency department for some time but it was very taxing for someone with my personality.

    At present, I'm back in OR and I'm enjoying myself working as a perioperative practitioner (mostly as scrub/circulating role). I have to work with a small group of people (mostly they're the same group of 4-5 people that I work with every day), focusing on one patient at a time. I can concentrate myself in the surgical procedure whilst being able to multi-task if the situation demands it. Nonetheless, working in OR fits in my personality type perfectly.

    P.S. Many of the people that I work with are introverts, believe it or not (from surgeons to anaesthetists, theatre nurses, ODPs, and even support workers).
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    Just because we are INTJ's does NOT mean that we make bad/unhappy bedside nurses. I definitely thrive in the ICU. Even though I am an introvert, I still like people. I just can't give give give all of the time. In the ICU I like being able to micromanage my two patients-- my "projects" if you will. I like that I can set goals for the day and accomplish them. I like that I can be completely autonomous, requiring help only for turns, or if my patient is crumping. I like that I can gather data- vital signs, assessment data, how the patient looks/feels etc., and I can use that data to predict an outcome and stop something bad before it even happens.

    All that being said, after one year I am starting to look for that "next best thing." I've been waiting to get to this point before taking my CCRN, so that's next on the list. But I have also been looking into being a CRNA. I feel that being a CRNA would take all of my favorite parts about being an ICU nurse, and jack up the responsibility, autonomy, and hopefully excitement. What scares me is that once I am a CRNA I would be locked into a very narrow field. At least as an RN my options will always be wide open. I can have drastic career changes every couple years. If there are ANY CRNA's reading this, particularly those with a INTJ personality type, will I get bored performing the same set of tasks every day?? And how easy is it to switch specialties?
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    You know, I am an intj, look at doctor specialties. That should help a lot. Honestly, I don't see the difference. We are going to analyze the hell out of it, might as well be thinking about the next step up the chain.
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    I never knew about this personality type until in 2012. I was tested at school. My personality test result turned out to be an INTJ type. Knowing my personality type help me understand my strengths and weaknesses. Eventually, I have been able to deal with my boredom, especially in something that vex me. I'm also good working with people. I find many people intrigue by my personality; others find me a heartless person. The educated ones appear to be the least judgmental. In short, I enjoy solitary more than anything else.

    BTW., I have been working in my pre-nursing courses. Even though I'm not guaranteed to be in an RN program, I have been dreaming to be a nurse anesthesiology.
    Last edit by Lacunae on Aug 16 : Reason: add details
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    Try informatics. Very low on the social scale and high on the technical end. OR would also be a good choice since your working with a small group of people in a structured environment.

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