Interview requests seem to appear constantly here in spite of many words of wisdom steering them away from anonymous forum to get their assignment done. I thought I'd start this thread to provide examples of how other students found interviewees for such assignments.
I interviewed a faculty member at my school. Can be seen as kind of a short cut, but she was someone I respected tremendously and wanted to know more about her career path rather than other nurses with careers that I wasn't really interested in at the time. She graciously accepted my request knowing it was for an assignment and I got a lot out of the experience because she opened my eyes to the vast possibilities nursing career can reach.
Others in my class sent emails to prominent figures in major hospitals and secured interviews that way. In spite of their busy schedule, many nurses welcome students' interview requests. You must write well and show eagerness and clear purpose, of course.
And so, no, you don't have to have a family member or friend in nursing in order to find someone to interview.
Other nurses and students, how did you find a nurse to interview?