ESFJs personality types often make excellent nurses. People with your personality are likely to work in some of the traditional roles of a nurse, and your personality is one of the top ranked types for nursing in general. Your loving and friendly personality, combined with your hard work ethic and dependable nature, means that you’ll probably find career satisfaction in many areas of nursing. In fact, some personality assessments rank ESFJs as the “caregivers” of the world.
ESFJ Overview: What is an ESFJ?
An ESFJ is one of the main 16 personality types. An ESFJ will have scored the following characteristics on a personality assessment: Extroverted (E), Sensing (S), 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 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, especially if they talk to you first.
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 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. In contrast, introverts tend to communicate best in written form.
Some extroverts tend to have difficulty expressing their ideas in written form, as their minds are wired to work while engaging. ESFJs may overcome this problem, however, due to their ability to connect with others and see things from others’ point of view.
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.
Sensing (S): As a sensing person, your mind tends to think of more rigid “here and now” concepts. You generally tend to think about the “what ifs” only rarely. You tend to notice minor details that other people may overlook. You tend notice details of people’s expressions or the outfit they are wearing. You may also find that you have a knack for looking at numbers or data.
In fact, some people are quite shocked at the fact that you can sometimes make really keen observations. This can be a big benefit in nursing, as you may notice that a patient suddenly doesn’t look so well.
To illustrate how a sensing person things, consider an example of a large container sitting on the edge of a counter. You would probably look at the large container of fluid and think, “That’s an interesting color. I wonder what this fluid is?” You may also examine the lettering used for the logo, and so forth. You’d probably read the details on the packaging and think about those things.
This type of thinking is in direct contrast with people who have the “intuitive” characteristic. Using this same illustration, an intuitive person may look at the same container you looked at and 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.”
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, sensing people are very in-tune with details and facts, and tend to not think of the possible scenarios that could happen.
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 good 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.
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 to clean. 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 Careers for ESFJ Personality Types
Your fun-loving personality means you love working directly with people. This means you’ll probably want to work in more traditional areas of nursing where you’ll come into direct contact with patients and coworkers. You may also gravitate towards management, but only if you have the opportunity to supervise and lead people directly. You may dislike some managerial roles if you are required to work alone for long periods doing repetitive, mundane tasks.
You may also enjoy teaching other nurses important skills on the job. ESFJs often make wonderful nurse educators or teachers.
Your attention to details means you’ll be good at picking up cues about a patient’s health. You’ll also stay focused on the task at hand, and you won’t get caught up thinking about possible scenarios that may happen in the future.
You like to follow a schedule, and you’ll probably show up to work on time and be considered a very punctual employee. In fact, you’ll probably be well-respected among your coworkers.
People with your personality also tend to be very sacrificial, often working long hours or going above and beyond to ensure patient satisfaction.
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 come back to bite you, especially if you blurt out an offensive or inappropriate comment to a coworker without thinking it through. Because you often talk to so many people about their lives, you may be prone to spreading gossip, which can lead to conflict down the road.
Possible Career Matches for ESFJ Nurses
- Floor/Bedside Nurse
- Oncology Nurse
- Pediatric Nurse
- Cardiac Nurse
- Nurse Educator/Professor
- Parish Nurse
- Hospice Nurse
- Travel Nurse
- Home/Private Duty Nurse
- Camp Nurse
Are You an ESFJ? Share Your Input
What areas do you hope to work as an ESFJ? 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 ESFJ 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.