MBTI® Test Nursing Assistants

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Social, Conventional, Realistic (SCR) (GOT)

Hammer (1996) writes that Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ISFP) Myers-Briggs Types are often drawn to careers in healthcare, since such careers allow them to focus on “hands-on, practical work with a tangible outcome… involving working with people.” Specifically, ISFP Myers-Briggs Types can often fit very well as nursing assistants, since this also allows them to capitalize on their careful attention to detail and ability to adapt to their environment as the needs of their patients change.

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Nursing assistants work under the guidance of a nursing staff to help ensure patients’ well-being and care. These duties generally involve providing for patients’ basic daily needs, including eating, bathing, dressing, and grooming, as-well as assisting them in other ways when necessary. Nursing assistants also help patients move around the hospital, and may in some cases facilitate basic physical therapy. Furthermore, they ensure basic sanitation of patients’ environment by changing bedclothes and bedpans. Most importantly of all, nursing assistants maintain careful records of patients’ vitals, physical activity, behavioral habits, and so on—anything that may be significant in making a diagnosis or changing treatment plans. In many cases, nursing assistants spend more time with patients than doctors, so they may also draw the doctor’s attention to changes in these seemingly insignificant details.

Nursing assistants use a wide range of medical and clerical supplies to help ensure that patients receive the best possible care. For instance, bedclothes, bedpans, and gurneys (hospital beds) are needed for patients stays, and walking canes, electric lifts, and wheelchairs help them maintain their mobility. Blood pressure units, thermometers, stethoscopes, glucose meters, scales, and oxygen meters help take vital signs. Of course, needles, bandages, gauze, and sanitizing liquids (e.g., alcohol, iodine) are all necessary for ensuring sanitation as well. In order to keep accurate records of all of this information and more, nursing assistants may use accounting/billing software, spreadsheet and word processing software, database software, or medical software. By keeping such records electronically, hospitals can update records that are instantly accessible to any and all staff members immediately.

Over 85% of nursing assistants hold only a high school diploma or a post-secondary certificate. The remainder may have completed some college coursework, but it is extremely rare to see a nurse assistant with a college degree. Nonetheless, a high school diploma and significant on-the-job training and experience typically provides nursing assistants with the foundation in written and spoken communication that is so vital to their success. Other familiarity, like medical or dental knowledge, is typically provided in certificates or in professional development.

Below are some employment trends for Nursing Assistants:

  • Median wage: $12.07 hourly, $25,100 annually
  • Employment: 1,480,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Faster than average (15% to 21%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 593,600

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References

Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org

MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)

Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996)