I'm curious if there are any other INFJ nurses out there, and what you do in nursing?
A year or two ago, I was trying to understand myself better so that I could figure out what the heck I want to do with my life. (Still working on figuring it out). I ended up reading about the Myers-Briggs personality types and discovered that I am an INFJ to the core. I think my personality has been both good and bad for my nursing career. The good part is that I am super empathetic, typically have a great rapport with patients when I'm in a one on one setting, and feel very passionate about truly helping people and bringing about change. However, this is a double-edged sword because the empathy and passion are also the bad part. I can't turn off the empathy. I feel like i just absorb emotions from all around me. I can just look at someone who is clearly having a bad day, and I feel their feelings. I often come home feeling drained and exhausted. I have this "change the world" mentality. I get frustrated with "the system" and things that prevent the betterment of peoples' health or with providing patient care. Understanding all of this has actually helped me in figuring out how to make myself a better nurse. For example, I now know I am too empathetic which drains me and makes me burn out....so I have been trying to work on separating some of those emotions and having better work/life balance.
I burned out of my first nursing job in Med Surg after 10 months. Looking back, I think this was due to compassion fatigue.
I worked at a family practice for several years, which was way better for me to develop a work/life balance and keep my empathetic feelings from getting too deep and draining me (if that makes sense).
I most recently got into public health. I fell in love with the idea that the concepts of public health can create such a large health impact on communities and entire populations. However, I am finding myself feeling burnt out of my public health nurse job after a year. (I am in grad school for an MPH too, which is probably contributing to the feeling of burn out).
Anyways, I know my rambling post has made it clear that im having a bit of a quarter life crisis going on...Im working on it and not really asking for advice on that.
I'm just curious if there are many other INFJs out there in nursing? Nursing sounds like an ideal INFJ career... but then the realities of nursing make me think that there are not many INFJs in this field. I would love to hear what you do if you are one!