ESTP personality types can make dynamic and high-energy nurses. As an ESTP nurse, you like to be active doing work, not pondering the great questions of life. You’re a mover and a shaker, and you are a people-person at heart. You like flexibility in your life, and you tend to dislike rigid rules or schedules. You live your life by the seat of your pants, and many people refer to you as a “fun” person.
ESTP Overview: What is an ESTP?
An ESTP is one of the main 16 personality types. An ESTP will have scored the following dominant characteristics on a personality assessment: Extroverted (E), Sensing (S), 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, 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. When an ESTP does write, it tends to be very action-oriented writing.
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.
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’d probably dislike having to make a decision on the spot, simply because you love to analyze everything. 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.. Only after careful consideration and research will you make your decision.
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. In fact, you’re probably quite good at “selling” people on things, too. You are also critical of any concept or idea which doesn’t have a good explanation or reasoning behind it.
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.
This 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 you prefer to just “wing-it.” You tend to be very adaptable to any given situation. This adaptability and spontaneity gives you a reputation of being a fun person to hang around.
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 ESTPs. 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. Some ESTPs have a wild side, and are sometimes referred to as “daredevils.” You may enjoy activities such as skydiving, rollercoasters, surfing, or other similar activities that give you that “thrill.”
Nursing Careers for ESTP Personality Types
In nursing, you’ll want to find an area that allows you to be yourself. You’re a go-getter who loves to do things. You like engaging with people. You like fast-paced or exciting atmospheres. You’re very observant, and you like to focus on what’s happening in the ‘here and now.’ You’re a logical thinker who likes to live life with freedom and a spontaneous schedule. You have the ability to keep cool and think logically when things go haywire and everyone else is panicking.
These traits can all benefit you as a nurse, depending on the specialty you’re drawn to. Some ESTPs hate blood and needles. If you feel this way, then you probably won’t want to work in a hand’s-off area of nursing such as management, forensics, or consulting. However, if blood and needles don’t bother you, you may enjoy working in a fast-paced area such as the ER, or you may enjoy the excitement of being a flight nurse.
Also, some ESTP nurses do enjoy regular floor nursing. One ESTP said that she prefers to work night shift so that she doesn’t have to deal with all of the administrative workers during the day.
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 or study long, detailed reports. Your “speak before thinking” approach may come back to bite you, especially if you blurt out an offensive or inappropriate comment to a coworker without thinking it through. As previously mentioned, some get a little squeamish with blood, guts, or needles.
Your knack for focusing on immediate details may cause you to miss out on the “what ifs” that may happen down the line. This can cause trouble if you don’t stop to think through the various consequences of your immediate actions.
You will probably dislike rigid schedules. Instead, you are a free personality, and you like to live life with an open schedule. Deadlines and rules, for you, are made to be broken.
Possible Career Matches for an ESTP Nurse
- ER Nurse
- Flight Nurse
- Camp Nurse
- Nurse Manager
- Ambulatory Nurse
- Forensic Nurse
- Nurse Consultant
- Nurse Legal Consultant
- Floor Nurse
- Nurse Marketing or Sales Manager
Are You an ESTP? Share Your Input
What areas do you hope to work as an ESTP? 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 ESTP 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.