ISFJs, like any other personality type, can make wonderful nurses. ISFJs are often very hard workers, very friendly, and they tend to use a caring and thoughtful approach on the job. They value tradition and rules, and will often do everything they can to be dependable employees. As an ISFJ, you will definitely want to leverage your strengths and weaknesses within your own personality temperament, and the aim of this article is to help you learn more about how your mind operates, and how you can succeed as an ISFJ nurse.
ISFJ Overview: What Is an ISFJ?
An ISFJ is one of the main 16 personality types. An ISFJ will have scored the following dominant characteristics on a personality assessment: Introverted (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F), and Judging (J). If you haven’t done so already, you can take our nursing personality quiz. The breakdown and description of each of these dominant characteristics is listed below:
Introverted (I): As an introvert, you prefer solitude as opposed to long periods of interaction. Interacting with people tends to drain you, and you will need periods of solitude to “recharge your batteries.” While ISFJs tend to be introverted in nature, they also have a very compassionate and caring side. As a result, people with this personality type are often referred to as “protectors” or “guardians.” You probably have few friends, but you will likely form deep bonds with those whom you do form a friendship. You tend to be somewhat private about your personal life as well, often referring to let others talk while you listen.
You’re the type of person who’d rather read a book, take a walk, or enjoy some “alone time.” You probably hate small talk with strangers (because you never know what to say, and feel it is pointless anyway), and if someone actually talked you into going to a party or social get-together (which is an incredible feat in itself), then you’d probably be the person sitting by yourself or having a one-on-one conversation about something that fascinates you. Even so, you can act very caring and outgoing when the situations demands it.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t be social, or that you are always awkward (or a shy loner). It just means that you tend to naturally prefer solitude or “one-on-one” socializing in comparison to frequent socializing. Introverts can be very funny and outgoing when they want, but then, they tend to draw back and have periods of time where they withdraw to analyze life, read books, or have more intimate time with friends or family. Introverts stand in stark contrast to extroverts (the contrasting trait), who tend to enjoy frequent social interaction, and become restless when they spend too much time alone.
As an introverted nurse, you’ll definitely feel your introversion at play. You’ll generally want to avoid specialties that require a large amount of social interaction, and instead, you’ll prefer to have more independence and solitude to perform your work.
Sensing (S): As a sensing person, your mind tends to think of more rigid “here and now” concepts. You tend to notice minor details that other people may overlook. You generally tend to think about the “what ifs” only rarely.
To illustrate how a sensing person thinks, 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. People around you may have even remarked about how observant you are of minor details.
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.
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. ISFJs typically resist conflict, and dislike having to witness contentious relationships.
Many ISFJs also tend to love animals, and empathize with animals or pets. This again gets back to their “feeling” trait, which helps them empathize with how the animal may be feeling. ISFJs also tend to be able to read people very well, and know ahead of time what a person is thinking or planning to do.
This 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 extremely organized life. You 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. In fact, your personality type is often one of the best types of organizational types, as you have the ability to break down tasks or bits of information and organize them in a way that allows for efficiency or better understanding.
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 prefer to work under pressure.
Nursing Career Possibilities for ISFJs
You are a caring person, and you tend to be very responsible, organized, and ethical. You like to get to work on time, and tend to have a large capacity for hard work. Your co-workers would likely describe you as being very dependable, and not a person who likes “drama.” In fact, it is often very important to you that your relationships are in good standing with friends, family, and co-workers.
You are aware of the people around you, and constantly seek to interact with them in a pleasant and loving way. You work very well on your own, and usually do not need to be “micro-managed.”
Nevertheless, you also tend to dislike pondering the “what ifs” or theoretical nature of things, and can become stressed out if put outside of your comfort zone. You also tend to shy away from a lot of social interaction, dislike having a rigid set of tasks to do, and can be prone to overworking.
As such, you will want to find a career that will enable you to utilize your natural strengths and talents while minimizing your areas of weakness. While ISFJ nurses can work in a variety of settings, you should plan on working so that you can eventually find a career that best suits your personality traits. Generally speaking, you will likely enjoy nursing jobs that minimize excessive human interaction, allow for autonomy and creativity, include one-on-one nursing care, and allows you to truly nurse people back to health.
In short, ISFJs will usually not be the typical “floor” nurse in most cases (although you may work in these positions for a while if you have no choice). Instead, they tend to gravitate towards other areas of nursing where they feel they can make a more personal connection with patients, and not feel as if they are so pressured for time.
Possible Career Matches for ISFJ Nurses Include:
- Camp Nurse
- Dialysis Nurse
- Parish Nurse
- Doctor’s office RN
- Cardiac Nurse
- Wound Care Nurse
- Oncology Nurse
- Nurse Administrator/Business Administrator for Nursing
- Private Duty Nursing (some ISFJs have reported moderate satisfaction with this area since it is one-on-one)
- School Nurse
The list above is just a general guide, and there are many areas of nursing in which an ISTJ may find fulfillment. The general guide is that you find an area where you can care for people in a more one-on-one, slow-paced environment, and allow that caring and dependable personality to shine through. Ultimately, you should take time to learn your personality traits, and assess your strengths and weaknesses so that you can have a good idea of the areas you’d feel most comfortable working.
Note: The list above is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather, to give a general direction of the types of areas of nursing you may want to further research.
Jobs That Probably Won’t Be as Satisfying for ISFJ Nurses:
- Most types of floor/bedside nursing that require a lot of patients or fast-paced environment, or any nursing position that requires frequent contact with groups of people, mundane repetitive tasks, etc.
- ER, Ambulatory nursing, or any fast-paced environment may not be an enjoyable work environment for ISFJ nurses.
Also, don’t forget to share this page on your social media, and take our other fun nursing quizzes. You can also leave a comment below sharing your experience as an ISFJ nurse.
*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.