ENFJ nurses tend to be very caring and devoted nurses. As an ENTJ, you tend to have a natural affection and interest in people. An individual with your personality type is often referred to as a “people person.” On the job, you’ll likely enjoy having conversations with doctors, coworkers, and patients.
You have a knack for engaging in conversation, and you enjoy making people feel loved and important.
ENFJ Overview: What is an ENFJ?
An ENFJ is one of the main 16 personality types. An ENFJ will have scored the following characteristics on a personality assessment: Extroverted (E), Intuitive (N), Feeling (F), 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 pursuits 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. You may even start to feel slightly depressed when away from people for too long.
Because extroverts tend to enjoy talking with people and engaging in social situations, they often get labeled as “social butterflies” by their friends, though you may dispute that label. You also 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 and extroverted.”
You probably dislike writing as your main form of communication, 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–some even running popular blogs; but most extroverts 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 with others. ENFJs may overcome this problem, however, due to their expressive personalities and natural understanding of people. For this reason, ENFJs are sometimes known to write really well, especially in novel format.
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. Nevertheless, a brief period of downtime can help refresh you and help you sort out your feelings. Then you’re ready to be social again.
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.
Intuition (N): As an intuitive person, your mind tends to think of more abstract “what if” concepts, as opposed to rigid “here and now” concepts. In a moment’s time, your mind can imagine multiple scenarios of what may happen. Without any effort on your part, your mind will naturally create these ideas, concepts, and contingencies. As a result, you tend to be very creative and theoretical. You can often come up with “outside-of-the-box” ideas to help you accomplish what you need to accomplish.
A classic example of intuition is the “detective” that follows his gut to solve a mystery. Somehow your mind takes bits of information and pieces them together to form ideas and webs of possibilities. As another example, assume someone in a hospital placed a large container of fluid on the edge of a counter. Your mind may immediately 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.” Yes, your mind fires off ideas and scenarios with ease.
In contrast, people with “sensing” personality traits (the opposite of intuition), will be focused on the immediate details of things. They would look at the same large container of fluid and think, “That’s an interesting color. I wonder what this fluid is?” They notice the immediate details of things. 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, intuitive types tend to be far more abstract.
Feeling (F): As a person with the “feeling” characteristic, you have a strong inclination towards considering how things may affect people or the world. When considering a decision, you tend to think of how other people may react, or how other people may be impacted by the consequences. As a result, people (or society in general) can be a big part of your decision-making process. In the nurse setting, this means you’ll consider emotional factors such as how a decision may make the patient (or the patient’s family members) feel.
Feelers have a very deep and empathetic heart to help people, and they genuinely care for others. If someone asks you how their new haircut looks, you’ll likely be very polite and try to focus on the positives to avoid hurting their feelings–even if the haircut looks hideous.
As a feeler, you also tend to have a strong need for happy relationships, both with yourself and people around you. If people aren’t getting along, it will tend bother you quite a bit. ENFJs typically resist conflict, and dislike having to manage contentious relationships. You take relationships very seriously, and you’re often a very dedicated partner. You tend to give your close relationships 100% of your effort, and you get frustrated if that dedication isn’t reciprocated.
You empathize with people easily, and some people may go to you for advice on their problems.
This “feeling” characteristic is in contrast to the “thinking” characteristic, in which people tend to make decisions based on logic, facts, or truth–and set aside emotions.
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.
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 Career Possibilities for ENFJ Personality Types
Due to your “people person” ability; your ability to see the “what if’s” of a situation; your natural tendency to think in terms of how an action may affect the patient; and your hard and organized work ethic, you often tend to inspire people. When given leadership positions, you are very motivating and positive. Some people accuse ENFJs of being manipulative, but this is only because your natural ability to understand and empathize with people enables you to lead them very effectively.
ENFJs also tend to be very loyal employees, who may remain dedicated to an organization for many years.
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. Your extroverted nature may cause you to talk more than listen, which could frustrate coworkers or patients. You may also annoy introverted coworkers if you constantly nag them to hang out or send text messages to them constantly.
Possible Career Matches for ENFJ Types in the Nursing Profession
- Nurse Educator
- Professor or teacher in nursing school or high school health classes
- Nurse Manager
- School Nurse
- Nurse Legal Consultant
- Camp Nurse
- Nurse Counselor
- Nurse Case Manager
- Geriatric Nurse
- Human Resource Manager in a Nursing Facility
- Parish Nurse
- Bedside/floor nurse
- Nursing Sales
The list above is only meant as a general guide. You can also browse our nursing specialties section to see the different types of specialties or areas of nursing available.
Are You an ENFJ? Share Your Input
What areas do you hope to work as an ENFJ? 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 ENFJ 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.