ENFP personality types often make wonderful nurses, and they often find career satisfaction in some of the more traditional areas of nursing, including areas that involve direct patient care. ENFPs are known to be caring “people-persons,” who often feel a deep sense of need to help or care for others.
They enjoy the company of other people, and they are very intuitive people. ENFPs tend to be less organized than other personality types, though they make up for this with their passion and zest for life, as well as their ability to adapt to new situations. They are often very intelligent people.
ENFP Overview: What is an ENFP?
An ENFP is one of the main 16 nursing personality types. An ENFP will have scored the following dominant characteristics on a personality assessment: Extroverted (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), 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. However, ENFPs are a bit different than other extroverts in that they can make great writers, and some even work as full-time writers.
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.
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 society. 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. This can be a great characteristic to have as a nurse dealing with patients whose lives may be greatly affected by your actions.
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 terrible.
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. You’re a happy-go-lucky person who enjoys keeping in good standing with people. You also tend to have a natural affection for animals or pets.
This characteristic is in contrast to the “thinking” characteristic, in which people tend to make decisions based on logic, facts, or truth.
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 and exciting person to hang around. You also may do well in situations that are unplanned, whereas a person with the “Judging” characteristic would probably panic.
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 ENFPs. 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 ENFPs 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.”
Either way, you enjoy the “possibilities” of life, and you dislike routine and extensive planning.
Nursing Career Possibilities for ENFPs
Your natural ability to connect with other people makes you a great candidate for nursing. Some ENFPs struggle with the idea of bonding too much with patients, especially those who may be terminal. However, this is often your greatest strength. You have a very loving and caring personality, and this is exactly why you need to be around those patients. Your extroverted nature makes you a naturally enjoy the company of others, and you take a sincere interest in people.
Your intuition allows you to see the possibility of things. You’re able to connect the dots in a given situation, and find clever ways to meet the needs of your patients.
Your feeling characteristic enables you to empathize with your patients, and you always consider their well-being. This can sometimes also enable you to empathize with your patient on such a deep level that you can become emotionally overwhelmed. However, over time you’ll realize that this is a great part of your personality, and it can mean so much to patients who are sick.
Your perceiving characteristic also enables you to react quickly in high-paced situations. You’re often able to keep a level head, and you can improvise with ease.
Nevertheless, as with all personality types, you will have some challenges on the job. While your extroverted nature enables you to network and make friends fast, it can also cause issues if you don’t think before speaking. You may blurt out an answer or reply to someone without thinking about the reply first. You may also annoy your introverted friends if you ask to get together too often, as introverts only like to spend time on rare occasions.
Your intuitive nature means that you may be pondering the “what ifs,” yet there may be details in front of you that you’re missing. Also, your perceiving characteristic means you like to be laid back and go with the flow. As a result, you may find it difficult to settle into a routine. You may be late to work, or get frustrated if you have to do organizational or other mundane tasks over and over.
Possible Nursing Career Matches for ENFPs
- Operating Room Nurse
- Pediatric Nursing
- Oncology Nursing
- General Floor Nurse
- Neonatal Nurse
- Travel Nurse
- Home/Private Duty Nursing
- Hospice Nurse
- School Nurse
- ER Nurse
- Ambulatory Nurse
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Consultant/Legal Consultant
Are You an ENFP? Share Your Input
What areas do you hope to work as an ENFP? 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 ENFP nurses in their careers.
Also, don’t forget to share this page on your social media, and take our other fun nursing quizzes.
*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.