My mom was a nurse for her entire adult career (and the same hospital), until she retired a few years ago. She's ISFJ -- very I, very S, and very F. She was very well-suited for the position; she loved being able to care for the tangible needs of others and helping them to feel better, and she was very good at carrying out learned routines even if she did have trouble knowing what to do if she had to operate on the fly.
Some of the work can be unpleasant (bedpans, dealing with difficult patients, etc.), but her desire to help others feel better seemed to make those lesser issues, and she never really complained about it.
She worked periods of both day shift and night shift over the years. She actually said she liked night shift better because things were quiet and no one bothered her or distracted her from her routines.
What are some of the toughest parts?
For my mom, probably dealing with mean patients, mean doctors, and mean bosses.
Do you have to be a people person?
My mom is one of the most quietest, introverted people I know. She is also one of the kindest, she rarely says anything bad about anyone even when deserved. She loves people but it comes out more through quiet one-on-one conversation about daily events and in her gift of "helps" -- she's good at doing tasks to help someone else out.
Are most of your patients "old" people?
I'm going to guess it depends on where you work -- not just the facility, but the floor. My mom dealt with cancer patients a lot, and I think they tended to be older.
Is it really a "S" field and N's generally find it boring/repetitive/mundane?
I can't speak for other N's, but I've seen SF's excel at it and I know I would be horribly bored. A big factor of what my mom did consisted of following a daily routine to the letter, making sure everything was checked and double-checked, and just chatting with people and making sure they felt okay and had their needs met. I respect that sort of job, but it's not one that I find enjoyable.
Are most nurses ESF's?
I think you will find many SF types in nursing, more than others, but that's a guess.
Is being a IN starting off on the wrong foot?
It doesn't matter what your type is; it matters how YOU feel about the job duties.
Is being "smart" seen as a bad thing?
Well, I felt like my mom's job was to make sure the doctor's orders were carried out. She had to be smart enough to get through school, understand how to give meds, and recognize when a patient might have something wrong going on with them, since she was the one who saw them and talked to them regularly. But there's a hierachy (doctors are in charge), and basically you have the instructions told to you on how to handle a patient, it's not like you have authority to diagnosis things or change treatments, as far as I know.
Are doctors often rude/condescending?
My mother described a variety of experience. She said some of the doctors were wonderful and very people-centric while being smart, while some other doctors were arrogant and had no people sense whatsoever. The only time I ever heard her backbite people is when she was describing doctors she felt were not considerate of their patients; it was very important to her.
What makes you want to quit the most?
My mom felt bad if she thought the patients were not being treated well. She also did not like her supervisor for some years; she felt she was not fair in her reviews, and also felt this woman catered to her favorites in terms of who got what days off and who got promoted.
How serious is "burn out"?
Well, my mom did it 40+ years, but she's very diligent and apt to push through a lot of adversity. I think if the hospital is understaffed (as many are), you might find yourself overworked, and if the staff is not pleasant to do with and the patients make too many demands consistently, you could easily run yourself down.
gromit: what, like this?