A couple of our close family friends (some of my mom's best friends) are nurses, so I was lucky. Example - some of these assignments for me were in classes that my school offered during junior or senior year. So I contacted old clinical instructors (sometimes, okay, usually, they know people who know people
). My senior practicum/preceptorship was in surgical services so it was easy to find people to interview in that specialty. I also had a job as an assistant in a major hospital and was a float, so I could ask people I knew on various units.
Aside from asking around to friends and clinical instructors - maybe look around at church? Emailing hospitals might work out okay too. I think it depends on the hospital. Another option might be, maybe ask faculty if they keep in contact with any of their recent grads ex 2-5 years prior, and seeing if any of those people would be willing to participate? Of my graduating class, there are so many different specialties (NICU, PICU, peds ED, adult ED, surg/trauma/neuro ICU, cardiovascular ICU, medical ICU, physician practice, cardiac units, gen med surg, neuro med surg, renal, GI, GU - both peds and adults, OR) that we have went into. Sure, we're a little new to nursing still, but it might be worth trying to see if some recent grads would agree (depending on the assignment of course).