ENTP personality types can make wonderful nurses, but they probably won’t be your typical bedside nurse. ENTPs are known for their creativity, as well as their ability to argue and debate. They are often referred to as “visionaries,” because they have a knack for ideas. They have an extroverted nature, but they are not as social as the other extroverted personality types.
ENTP Overview: What is an ENTP?
An ENTP is one of the main 16 personality types in nursing. An ENTP will have scored the following dominant characteristics on a personality assessment: Extroverted (E), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), and Perceiving (P). If you haven’t done so already, you can take our nursing personality test. The breakdown and description of each of these dominant characteristics is listed below:
Extroverted (E): As an extrovert, in general, you enjoy a lot of external stimulation. This is how you become energized. You love hanging with friends 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!” Even so, your personality type can handle periods of downtime better than most other extroverted types.
You probably have a wider circle of friends than most introverts, and you love getting together for a meal or hanging out. Because extroverts, in general, tend to enjoy talking and engaging in social situations, they often get labeled as “social butterflies.”
Nevertheless, ENTPs are less social than most of the extroverted personality types. In fact, some people even mistake ENTPs as introverts, as they sometimes shy away from social situations. They also tend to avoid small talk much more than their other fellow extroverts. Nevertheless, they tend to be more social than true introverts.
As a general rule, extroverts prefer to communicate in person as opposed to writing. 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.
However, ENTPs often overcome this pitfall due to their creative minds. They have a knack for ideas, and writing can help them express some of the many ideas or scenarios they may have bouncing around in their heads. Some ENTPs go on to write great books or run popular blogs. In fact, many ENTPs become writers or journalists as a career, which is somewhat unusual among extroverted types.
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 tend to think while talking. In fact, some of your best solutions or ideas have probably come to you while talking to others (or debating them). 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.
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.
Perceiving (P): As a person with the “perceiving” characteristic, you generally like to live life in a care-free manner. You usually don’t like to make extensive plans, and prefer to just “wing-it.” You tend to be very adaptable to any given situation. You probably won’t make “to-do lists” very often.
You are likely to live a somewhat disorganized life, at least internally. You probably have a relatively messy or unorganized home or office space, although this is not true for all ENTPs. This personality characteristic is in contrast to the “judging” type, in which people tend to live in a more organized and controlled manner. You also tend to procrastinate with deadlines and tasks, but will get a burst of energy when something has to be done.
You’re also the type that may be late to work, miss meetings, and forget minor details or deadlines.
Nursing Career Possibilities for ENTPs
ENTPs can make wonderful nurses, although they probably won’t be your “traditional” nurse. Due to your “extroverted” nature; your ability to see the “what if’s” of a situation (visionary/creativity); your natural tendency to think in terms of logic and reason; and your “take life as it comes” approach, you probably wouldn’t work as a regular “floor nurse” for very long. Instead, you’d probably find more satisfaction in an area that allows you to use your creativity and innovative nature.
You may end up working as a nurse legal consultant, nursing informatics, or even rise to CEO of the company. You may even enjoy writing nursing publications or as a nurse journalist or creative writer. ENTPs can make good leaders, and some even develop new inventions or new ways of doing things which may lead to the forming of their own business.
Nevertheless, you will have some challenges on the job. You’d probably dislike having to stick to rigid schedules and deadlines. 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 “argumentative” due to your natural ability to debate ideas.
You may tire of floor nursing as the rigid routine, lack of using your full creativity, and your having to deal with small talk, may drain you.
Possible Career Matches for an ENTP Nurse
- Nursing Informatics
- Nurse Legal Consultant
- Nurse Consultant (making consultations on how to improve healthcare, products, or services)
- Nurse Manager or leader of a healthcare facility
- Nurse Writer
- Forensic Nursing
- Nurse Entrepreneur
Are You an ENTP? Share Your Input and Experiences
What areas do you hope to work as an ENTP? What jobs have you loved? What jobs have you hated? Did anything in this article ring true for you? Please consider sharing your experience in the comment section below, as this may help other ENTP 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.