Those considering or currently enrolled in a nursing program are well aware of the challenges that lie ahead. The thought of dealing with all of these problems on your own is downright terrifying.

Having a support system of fellow nursing students can make all the difference. On the other hand, how can you meet people in your training as a nurse? There's nothing to worry about. Tips for establishing these relationships are covered in this article.

A Nursing Student's Guide to Making Friends in School

Making friends in a competitive environment isn't always easy. Your classmates are probably going through the same thing you are. As a result, they don't know what to expect from others or how to approach them. Why don't you start the conversation?

The first few days of school are a great time to get to know one another.

This is a great opportunity to get to know the other students in your class better. The beginning of the program is a great time to meet new people and start conversations with them.

The first place to start is with the people sitting next to, in front of, or behind you.

In order to make a good impression on your peers and lay the groundwork for future conversations, all you need to do is make a simple introduction.

Arrive early

When you're a new student in nursing school, arriving early to class is especially important. When you arrive early, you have time to find a parking spot, walk to the building, and get settled in your seat. As a bonus, your instructors will get right to work on your assignments as soon as classes begin. Use the few minutes before class to meet other students since you won't be able to talk to them during the lecture.

Learn from others in a study group

Most nursing programs offer free study groups for their students because of the rigor of the curriculum. Biology and anatomy and physiology are two examples of classes where the school might encourage students to form study groups or hold study sessions. Ask your academic advisor, as it depends on the size of your school and the types of programs.

You may be able to find study groups that meet in the mornings or on the weekends, but it's not common. The best way to find a group is to try out a few. Online study groups are an option for some programs. Being in the same class with the same people more often increases your chances of making friends, even if you are a good student.

Seek assistance and offer assistance

If you're unsure about a task, don't be afraid to ask for assistance. Asking for help is a compliment because it implies that you have faith in the other person's ability to solve your problem. They are usually happy to help out and are genuinely flattered that you asked.

You can also help others if you have a good grasp of a particular subject. If you take the time to help students who are struggling, they will appreciate it.

It will take time.

New friendships will take time to develop. Every semester, your clinical group and classroom seating will change as students enter and leave the program. All of these factors will change the dynamics of your class and give you the chance to connect with your peers in a more personal way.


If you want to get to know your fellow nursing students better, there are a variety of ways to do so. Try some of the methods above, or use them as a starting point to come up with your own creative solution. 

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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