Any INFP personalities in nursing?

  1. I was curious what departments nurses with INFP personalities usually work in. I' m learning more about being an INFP and realizing why some nursing departments were hard for me to like. I've thought of giving up on being a RN because I haven't found a dept I really enjoy yet.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   dandk1997RN
    Sorry- not an INFP. (I'm an I-something, but can't remember what.) It will be interesting to see other replies, though. Interesting question.
  4. by   NurslingRN
    I am an INFJ personality. I graduated in december so i dont have a nursing job/experience yet, but I am a little scared that nursing will be hard for me because of my personality type..esp being an introvert. What kind of units have you worked on?
  5. by   babblingbrook
    I went straight into NICU after I graduated nursing school. (learned not a smart move to go straight in to ICU after school) I work in psych currently. I like it but worry about losing nursing skills. Plus, dealing with psych patients can be draining.
  6. by   loriangel14
    I am an INFP nurse. I really know where you are coming from because I know I would definitely not be happy in certain settings. I have only worked in one job since I graduated but doing placements in school I found out what I didn't like. i work on a combined complex continuing care/rehab/palliative unit.I deal with mostly seniors and it is fairly low stress. I enjoy it because I have the time to give good personal care to my patients. The rehab component is rewarding because I get to see people get better and go home.( we deal with a lot of post-op hip repairs).I deal well with the palliative end of things as well and I support families through the end of life process.

    I find it important that the job that I have reflects my personal values and enables me to feel that I am making a difference in my nursing role. Best of luck in finding your place.
  7. by   SonorityGenius
    OK so I am an INFP too! (Googled it first hehe)

    I like ER the most - in and out, young and old, in and out, minimal bonding
  8. by   LikeSweetSoulMusic
    Wow - I am surprised that you, SonorityGenius, likes the ED due to its lack of binding. Usually that is what INFP's are drawn to - the relationships. I am an INFP and a recent grad and am on a telemetry unit. I like it since I have fewer patients (1:4) and can learn more about them, but I know that it is not a good long-term fit for me. I rotated through an oncology unit and loved it - it was a lot of nurturing, pt and family education and I felt like I was making a difference. I know that I will eventually move into the community - either hospice, home health, advocacy or congregational nursing. I really want to get to know my patients - not just for a couple of hours at a time.

    If you are unsure of your type, take an online free Myers Briggs Personality Type indicator, such as the quick one at Personality test based on Jung - Myers-Briggs typology
  9. by   Claritee
    I'm an INFP nursing student and plan on going into psych. I'm also interested in neuro and mother/baby. A while back I found a web page that had a very short list of suggested careers for us.

    They are:
    Writers, Counselors / Social Workers, Teachers / Professors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Musicians, Clergy / Religious Workers. http://www.personalitypage.com/INFP_car.html

    The skills it takes to do these jobs are skills most nurses should have anyway. So I think you'll be happy in any department that will allow you to use some of these skills.
  10. by   HappydayRn
    I'm INFP I work on a renal med-surg floor. We have a lot of frequent fliers and people who stay with us for a long time. In that aspect it works well for me. I tend to get along with the "difficult" pt.'s because I take the time to find a common interest or something that's important to them. It's not my dream job but I feel comfortable there . Planning on becoming a NP and working as a primary care provider.
  11. by   BA.LVN
    I am also and INFP nurse (LVN). I graduated in 2008, finally found a job 6 months later through an agency (no, working w/ an agency is NOT a recommended thing to do for a new grad, but it ended up working out). My first job w/ them was working one on one w/ a diabetic child in the school setting. After that I worked w/ a child w/ cerebral palsy in the school/home setting. After that, I was able to get a job at a school district performing g-tube feedings, straight cath, and insulin injections to children. Now, I'm working for another agency as a private duty nurse for another child. I find that I am very grateful to have this job....I think I found my first niche.

    I really like private duty b/c you really do get to connect w/ the family/patient, and that IS what is important to most INFP's (provided you get a good family to work for, which I have). I get to genuinely care for and spend time w/ my patient/family. It's very rewarding for my personality type, and it's usually not too overwhelming.

    In the future, not sure if I want to get my RN or go for my masters in Psych (I have a BA in art). I really enjoy the one on one time I spend w/ my patients, and I think I'd like to do that in the psych/counseling realm as well. I've also checked into getting a wellness coach certification down the road....

    Keep us posted on what you end up doing!
  12. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Wow, that was cool! Just went to the Briggs-Myers testing site noted at previous posting.and took the test and it's uncanny how accurate it is! Thanks for mentioning it!
  13. by   SMOKEY2112
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    Wow, that was cool! Just went to the Briggs-Myers testing site noted at previous posting.and took the test and it's uncanny how accurate it is! Thanks for mentioning it!
    It sure is isn't it?!! What were you?? I'm an ENFP.. now to find out what type of nursing jobs would be good for me. I'm interested in Corrections and Forensics
  14. by   TheCommuter
    I have the INFP prsonality type. With the exception of a PRN job in psych that I worked back in 2006, mostly all of my nursing experience is in LTC, subacute rehab, and acute rehab. Also, since I am an introvert, I perform much better on night shift because day shift exposes me to entirely too many people (families, doctors, management, therapy staff, vendors, dietary, etc.). I dislike being pulled in multiple directions. I do not like to schmooze or engage in lots of small talk. Mindless small talk aggravates me.

    Some people are adrenaline junkies who thrive on chaos, a fast pace at work, excitement, and they function well in a high-pressure, life-or-death environment. On the other hand, I prefer a slow pace, stable routine, low stress, low pressure, and peace and quiet. In other words, I function best when I do not need to move with a sense of urgency.

    Presently, I am working at a small rehab hospital on night shift. It is suiting me so far because the families usually go home by 9:00pm, the doctors usually are not there at night, management is not there, and I am dealing with less coworkers. On most nights, time is very much manageable.

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