ESTJ nurses tend to exhibit exceptional organizational and leadership skills. As an ESTJ nurse, you’ll likely gravitate towards areas of administration, such as management or organization building. You’re a hard worker, a logical thinker, a “people-person,” and you have a deep respect for traditions and rules. You’re usually good with numbers, data, and mathematics.
ESTJ Overview: What is an ESTJ?
An ESTJ is one of the main 16 personality types. An ESTJ will have scored the following characteristics on a personality assessment: Extroverted (E), Sensing (S), 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. Your type also tends to join and engage in social clubs.
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 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. In contrast, introverts tend to communicate best in written form.
ESTJs may overcome this problem, however, due to their analytical and logical minds. An ESTJs written work is probably going to be more technical and organized.
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.
Sensing (S): As a sensing person, your mind tends to think of more rigid “here and now” concepts. You generally tend to think about the “what ifs” only rarely. You tend to notice minor details that other people may overlook. You like data and numbers, and you enjoy analyzing them. You also notice details of people’s expressions or outfit.
In fact, some people are quite shocked at the fact that you can sometimes make really keen observations. This can be a big benefit in nursing, as you may notice that a patient suddenly doesn’t look so well. It can also benefit you in management, as you’ll be able to crunch numbers and see what needs to be done.
To illustrate how a sensing person thinks, consider an example of a large container sitting on the edge of a counter. You would probably look at the large container of fluid and think, “That’s an interesting color. I wonder what this fluid is?” You may also examine the lettering used for the logo, and so forth. You’d probably read the details on the packaging and think about those things.
This type of thinking is in direct contrast with people who have the “intuitive” characteristic. Using this same illustration, an intuitive person may look at the same container you looked at and 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.”
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, sensing people are very in-tune with details and facts, and tend to not think of the possible scenarios that could happen.
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 ESTJ Personality Types
Your knack for organization and leadership means that you probably wouldn’t want to work in a typical “traditional” nursing role for long. You’d probably be much more comfortable in a management position. Your type is known to have produced great leaders and organizational types throughout history. John D. Rockefeller, one of the world’s richest men, started the huge oil company Standard Oil. Many people consider him to be an ESTJ, and he had excellent organizational and leadership skills.
Your extroverted nature means you enjoy being around people. You are energized by it. This also enables you to learn what makes people tick. This can benefit you tremendously, as you’ll be able to know exactly how and where to put people to maximize your nursing organization or floor unit.
Your sensing ability enables you to look at the details that actually matter–the numbers and facts that make your organization tick. Your logical mind then goes to work to find out how you can maximize your organization in the most efficient manner.
You may eventually rise to CEO or very high leadership positions within an organization, and this is where you’ll probably feel most comfortable. While there are other specialties you may enjoy within nursing, leadership and organizing is probably better suited to your type.
Nevertheless, you will have some challenges on the job. You’d probably dislike having to remain isolated or alone for long periods. 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 make decisions based on logic alone, and this could cause coworkers or employees to become disgruntled, as they may feel you don’t care about how changes affect them personally.
Possible Career Matches for ESTJ Nurses
- Nursing Administrator/CEO
- Nurse Manager/Shift leader/Charge Nurse
- Nurse Educator/Teacher
- Nurse Legal Consultant
- Nurse Entrepreneur/Healthcare organization creator
- Nurse Informatics
- Forensic Nursing
Are You an ESTJ? Share Your Input
What areas do you hope to work as an ESTJ? 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 ESTJ 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.