Publication Date

12-1-1997

Degree Program

School of Nursing

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the personality types of registered nurses in a rural community. An extensive literature review revealed that no studies, utilizing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to identify personality types, had been conducted with rural nurses. Jung's Psychological Type Theory was the theoretical framework for the study. The MBTI operationalizes Jung's theory and was utilized to determine the most frequently occurring personality types of the nurses. A descriptive study was conducted at a 68 bed acute care hospital. The sample consisted of 40 experienced registered nurses working in staff positions within the hospital. Sensing, feeling, and judging were the preferred functions of the nurses, consistent with the expected tasks of the direct care giver. The greatest number of nurses were classified as ISFJ (N=9) followed by ENFP (N=6)

Disciplines

Nursing | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology