Personality Profiles for Nurses Considering an Alternative Career

Personality Profiles for Nurses Considering an Alternative Career

I never liked personality profiles. They put people in tidy little boxes with generic, one-dimensional labels. Or so I thought.

That was until I took one as part of I job I once held. To say that I was shocked by the results would be a huge understatement!

I don’t remember the exact name of the personality profile assessment I took, but I have since found it referred to as the D.O.P.E Profile. Sounds like a drug or IQ test to me! It’s an acronym for Dove, Owl, Peacock, and Eagle. When I took the exam, however, it wasn’t an eagle, but, rather, a hawk. I guess that was a little off-putting to some.

I like this assessment because the profiles are so easy to relate to and remember. Doves are kind, gentle, and compassionate. They mend the broken wings on butterflies. Owls are the analytical thinkers who consider all the possibilities, cross the “T’s” and dot the “I’s”. Your accountant is an owl. Peacocks are the life of the party. They’re gregarious and maybe even flamboyant. Lastly, the hawks (I mean eagles), cut to the chase. They’re impatient, opinionated, and like to be in charge. They get things done.

As I read my personality profile results, I couldn’t help but wonder how they got into my inner-sanctum! Only my closest family members knew me like that, and the personality profile was DEAD ON!

The assessment came complete with a nice analysis of my personality traits, without any positive/negative judgments or categories of strengths and weaknesses. It just laid it all out there. The most helpful part was its estimation of how I was likely to respond under certain circumstances and, perhaps more importantly, how others might perceive me.

That last part was an eye-opener, because we generally know what we mean when we say or do something, but the way others perceive our words and actions can be quite another thing. Imagine learning that your assertive and confident self can be misinterpreted by others as arrogant or intimidating!

It was helpful to learn the different personality profile of each of my co-workers. We all walked away with a greater appreciation for how others view and respond to those around them, in the end, making it easier to have patience and acceptance for those whose dominant traits are not the same as our own.

At the end of the exercise, we all separated into the four profiles of dove, owl, peacock, and eagle. Not surprisingly, most of the nurses and social workers in the room were doves: those tender, compassionate angels commonly found in the healthcare industry.

And then there was me. Standing with the only other hawk (I mean, eagle) in the room…my boss.

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