Having a nursing student/partner in crime

  1. This may almost sound very naive, but is it better to befriend someone in nursing school & have that person as your "partner in crime" type thing...to study with & practice skills with, etc? The thing I'm worried about is having friends that think they're better than you & try to "out do" you and stuff like that. I don't know anybody entering the program with me, but I feel it'd help me if I built a friendship with one or two people that I can rely on through the program.
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  3. by   hunnybunches
    I think it's a great idea to construct a support system like that! As long as it stays positive and everyone is on the same page (not literally of course! Hahaha) and willing to help each other along, I think it's a great idea. My friend and I are actually going through our LVN program together and I look forward to having someone to lean on and motivate me through. Good luck with your program!
  4. by   babelinglove33
    I think friendships are going to happen anyways I mean you spend so much time together it seems almost impossible not to pick up a few friends along the way. I visited a few nursing schools while trying to find one I wanted to go and I always saw students talking to each other and studying together and seemed like they all got along very well.
  5. by   5 meals
    I always try hard to have a study group, although it could just be a single person. There are countless benefits. I stopped school for a couple years, and it's depressing because my great study buddies have moved on and I'll be praying to find new ones that are as good.
  6. by   zoe92
    I think it is good to have a few people you can at least connect with... Hopefully because everyone pretty much has the same goal to graduate, pass the NCLEX, & become a nurse, they keep you motivated.
  7. by   MrsCuoco
    My LPN class of 25 (originally 30- we unfortunately lost some) is about to graduate in 2 weeks and we are the tightest-knit, closest, most cohesive bunch our teachers and admin have ever seen. They continually tell us how amazed they are that we have no cliques, no unfriendly competition, no backbiting, no gossiping. It really is awesome. Not that you should expect that for how rare we are told it is, but you NEED friends in your class. My program is so hard and so stressful that if I were in contention with or had tense relationships with any of the people in my class...I don't know if I would have made it. This fantastic group of people I laugh, cry, and learn with are my saving grace.
  8. by   bigsick_littlesick
    As others have pointed out, it is inevitable that you will make friends or be close to someone. It wasn't my sole purpose or first thought when I started nursing school but I eventually made really good friends with another girl in my class. She was my POC (partner in crime) and she will be my friend for life. I also made friends with other girls and we're still very tight knit. We studied together and really helped each other out not just in clinicals but being emotionally supportive to each other. Nursing is a team effort not just in nursing school but also in the real work. It's only natural that you will become close to someone.
  9. by   Mandy0728
    Thanks for all the wonderful responses! I know that it's obvious that its bound to happen that I make friends & I'm definitely not scared of that! Lol I'm a people person anyways, so I don't think it'll be a problem. I'll try to be nice to everyone, I'm not looking for any drama, even though its everywhere!
  10. by   MommaTy
    I think it's a great idea to find someone who you feel would be helpful for both of you. To study, to vent to. But you should try to be friends with everyone in your class. You are all in the same boat and you all may excel in different areas of the program and can help each other out.
  11. by   NightNerd
    There's drama any time this many people are thrown into a high-stress situation together. Get close to the folks who want to avoid it and support each other, as you want to do, and just ignore the ones who cause trouble.

    As for having a partner in crime, that's up to you. I know people who make a lot of friends and form study groups, some who connect with one person and buddy up for the duration, and some who make friends but study by themselves. I start in a month, but I have a feeling I'll be the one who studies alone but makes friends and shares experiences with folks. It's just a matter of how you work best.
  12. by   Guinevere39
    It will just happen that you'll be closer to some people in your program than others, but it's a really good idea to try to mix it up and be friendly with everyone (even if you still have one go-to "partner in crime") so that cliques are avoided...
  13. by   runsalot
    One thing they told us when started that unlike prerequisites we were no longer competing against each other and to help each other out. That being said. It's ok if you have a nsbf. (nursing school best friend) but try and mix it up. See how others are doing. Talk to others in the upper class. Join a club. Its called networking.
  14. by   jennco
    ^^ I can't wait to not have to compete with half the campus.