Not anyone can become a nurse. It’s true that it takes years of schooling, endless hours of studying and some pretty tough exams to qualify to become a nurse, but there is also another element to consider – your personality.
There isn’t one clear cut personality that perfectly fits into the role of nurse, rather, there are a range that are better suited than others.
For nurses, it can be useful to see how their personality may be better suited for a particular specialty. For those who feel they’re in a rut or are unsatisfied with where they are at career-wise, might find they’d be happier in a different speciality.
Normally, nurses who are recent graduates either go into general nursing or midwifery, and once they’ve established experience then they can choose a specialty.
The best way to find our is through the use of psychometric testing, which has been gaining popularity with in hiring new staff in every industry.
There are a number of things that can be determined through psychometric testing:
Normally, you would expect a nurse – or any person really – to naturally gravitate to a particular profession or speciality, or base that choice on intuition. But if a person has a lot of choices, the stress of making the right one can get in the way of following their instincts.
This is where psychometric testing is being utilised in helping people – by showing nurses a range of specialties that offer the best opportunities for them.
A large-scale study looked at personality profiles of Registered Nurses’ and their clinical speciality from 1965 through to 2010. Over this 45 year period, they found that nurses who chose their speciality based on what would suit their personality character traits actually achieved higher job satisfaction and less burnout.
In the research, it was found that:
It should be noted that this research doesn’t definitively suggest which personality should specialise in what, rather that there is a trend in the type of people who find success in their fields.
Personality testing can help nurses find what career path suits them, and should be utilised to help them along with their studies and training.
And not only can personality testing help nurses to gain a more fulfilling careers and higher job satisfaction, but hospitals and aged care alike can make better use of their employees training and skill, as well as have lower staff turnover, higher retention and higher patients satisfaction.
To try a personality test and see what traits you have, have a go HERE.