ENTJ nurses tend to exhibit strong leadership skills. ENTJ’s are the ones who will likely “take charge” of a situation. The bold, decisive nature of ENTJ nurses, combined with their analytical mind, often leads them into management positions. They have a “no nonsense” approach to things, and see through the emotions to get to the bottom line.
ENTJ Overview: What is an ENTJ?
An ENTJ is one of the main 16 personality types. An ENTJ will have scored the following characteristics on a personality assessment: Extroverted (E), Intuitive (N), Thinking (T), and Judging (J). If you haven’t done so already, you can take our nursing personality test. The description of each of these major characteristics that make up your personality is listed below:
Extroverted (E): As an extrovert, you enjoy a lot of external stimulation. You love hanging with friends, meeting new people, or engaging in external things that stimulate your mind. When you’re isolated for too long at home, you’ll soon begin saying to yourself, “I’ve got to get out of this house!” In fact, you may say that after only one day alone at home!
You probably have a wide circle of friends, and you love getting together for a meal, hanging out, or just striking up a conversation with a random person. Because extroverts tend to enjoy talking and engaging in social situations, they often get labeled as “social butterflies.” You may have even been called a “people person” or “outgoing.” In fact, introverts sometimes get a bad rap due to extroverted people, as people often quip, “Why does that introvert keep to themselves so much? I wish they were more talkative and outgoing.”
You probably dislike writing or reading too much, and you’d much prefer to pick up the phone and make a call as opposed to writing an email. Some extroverts loath writing, although not all feel this way. Some extroverts make great writers, but most prefer face-to-face communication if given the choice. Some extroverts tend to have difficulty expressing their ideas in written form, as their minds are wired to work while engaging. ENTJs may overcome this problem, however, due to their analytical and logical minds. In contrast, introverts tend to communicate best in written form.
Being an extrovert doesn’t mean that you dislike alone time, it’s just that it tends to suck the life out of you after a while. You get energized and feel most comfortable around other people, especially many friends or family members.
You think better while talking, as opposed to writing or thinking alone. In fact, some of your best solutions or ideas have probably come to you while talking to others. You also tend to blurt out the answer if asked a question. In contrast, introverts hate being put on the spot, and prefer to mull over a question before replying.
Intuition (N): As an intuitive person, your mind tends to think of more abstract “what if” concepts, as opposed to rigid “here and now” concepts. In a moment’s time, your mind can imagine multiple scenarios of what may happen. Without any effort on your part, your mind will naturally create these ideas, concepts, and contingencies. As a result, you tend to be very creative and theoretical. You can often come up with “outside-of-the-box” ideas to help you accomplish what you need to accomplish.
A classic example of intuition is the “detective” that follows his gut to solve a mystery. Somehow your mind takes bits of information and pieces them together to form ideas and webs of possibilities. As another example, assume someone in a hospital placed a large container of fluid on the edge of a counter. Your mind may immediately think thoughts like, “That may fall down. Then it could make a mess. Someone could slip and fall and hurt themselves. We could even be sued.” Yes, your mind fires off ideas and scenarios with ease.
In contrast, people with “sensing” personality traits (the opposite of intuition), will be focused on the immediate details of things. They would look at the same large container of fluid and think, “That’s an interesting color. I wonder what this fluid is?” They notice the immediate details of things. That’s not to say that sensing people can’t have moments of intuition, or that people with intuition won’t see more concrete details. But generally speaking, intuitive types tend to be far more abstract.
Thinking (T): As a person with the “thinking” characteristic, you have a strong inclination towards logic and analysis. You enjoy thinking of things from multiple angles, and formulating the best decision using a rational approach. If you were going to buy a new car, you’d probably think about every conceivable thing: Gas mileage, consumer reviews, exact costs and/or financing, insurance changes, maintenance expenses, etc.. Your decision will be based on logic and reason, not as much on emotion.
You also have a knack for sniffing out contradictions, inconsistencies, or illogical things. You like for things to make sense, and it bugs you when they don’t. As a result, you tend to look at the “bottom line” of a situation, and you have the ability to exclude all other insignificant details. You probably won’t fall for most “sales pitches,” because you’ll see through them a mile away. You are critical of any concept or idea which doesn’t have a good explanation or reasoning behind it. In fact, sometimes you can be quite judgmental about certain things, as your logic and thinking skills can sometimes lead to a very strong preferences or beliefs.
You also have the tendency to be very blunt and candid. This may cause you to say things you later regret, or say them in a way which can hurt other’s feelings. If someone says a stupid idea that you find offensively ignorant, you’ll probably tell them so. Only later will you realize that you put your foot in your mouth. Your motto may be described as “talk first, think about what you said later.”
The “thinking” characteristic is in contrast to the “feeling” characteristic, in which people tend to make decisions based on emotion or feeling. You like to make decisions based on fact, truth, and logic.
Judging (J): As a person with the “judging” characteristic, you like to make definite plans and stick to them. You are generally the type of person who likes to make lists, whether it be a “to do list,” a grocery list, or whatever. You also like to make “pros and cons” lists sometimes to help you make decisions between two possible options.
You are likely to live an organized life. You like to stick to a schedule and probably have a relatively neat home, although it can get messy if you get busy and don’t have time. You may make spreadsheets, use calendars, software, or short lists to help you stay focused and organized. You like to feel that you are managing everything well, and being organized helps you accomplish this. In fact, your personality type is often one of the best types of organizational types, as you have the ability to break down tasks and organize them in a way that allows for efficiency or better understanding.
You also like to make firm decisions. If you have a decision hanging over your head, it often bothers you. You will often feel the need to make time to properly research and analyze your options, so you can feel comfortable making a final decision. Once you have researched everything, you can finally put an end to the indecisiveness and move forward.
You like to operate your life based on a schedule or routine. You may like to follow a regular daily pattern, and it can bother you to get out of your routine. You also tend to be very punctual. It probably bothers you quite a bit to be late to some event.
This personality characteristic is in contrast to the “perceiving” type, in which people tend to live spontaneously, and prefer to live life as it comes. In fact, they may rarely plan or make lists, and they usually prefer to work under pressure.
Nursing Careers for ENTJ Personality Types
ENTJs make wonderful nurses. Due to your “people person” ability; your ability to see the “what if’s” of a situation; your natural tendency to think in terms of logic and reason; and your hard and organized work ethic, you often tend to rise to leadership positions within the healthcare industry very quickly. You probably wouldn’t work as a regular “floor nurse” for very long.
You may end up working as a nurse manager, or even rise to CEO of the company. You may even start your own healthcare agency or a line of nursing apparel. You’re a born leader, and when given the chance, you’d be the first to volunteer to take the reigns of a project. In other careers besides nursing, ENTJs are known to be great military leaders, corporate tycoons, and so forth.
Nevertheless, you will have some challenges on the job. You’d probably dislike having to remain isolated or alone for long periods. You’d also dislike having to write lengthy reports. Your boldness may come back to bite you, especially if you blurt out an offensive or inappropriate comment to a coworker without thinking it through. You may also garner a reputation of being a bit “bossy.”
Possible Career Matches for an ENTJ Nurse
- Nurse Manager/Charge Nurses/Shift Leaders
- CEO or leader of a healthcare organization
- Nursing Professor
- Nurse Legal Consultant
- Nurse Entrepreneur (developing new businesses or healthcare organizations)
- Healthcare project management
- Nursing Informatics
- Forensic Nursing (using your analytical mind to help solve crimes)
- Case manager
After graduation, an ENTJ may have to accept a low-level nursing position. However, it won’t take long for their natural abilities to come through. The list above is meant to be a general guide where you may find the highest degree of career satisfaction. There may be other areas of nursing that you’d also enjoy.
Are You an ENTJ? Share Your Input
What areas do you hope to work as an ENTJ? What jobs have you loved? What jobs have you hated? Please consider sharing your experience in the comment section below, as this may help other ENTJ nurses in their careers.
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*This page is not meant to be a guarantee of career satisfaction for this personality type, but rather, a starting place to find careers that may be more enjoyable. Results may vary.