I will tell you how I went about this same dilemma. I went to the dollar store and purchased some 8-10 pac candy bars. Passed them out to the students around me. Got to know them well. This strategy help with my LPN clinicals because for some reason those RN's ans LPN's really like chocolate. In fact they were very helpful to help me figure out my care plans
and assessments. Don't get me wrong, they still made me do them. but just were very willing to help me with them. As a bonus I just read a news letter from a hospital that claims that chocolate does infact help with memory. So this may help with studying and before test. Yeah like we need a reason to eat chocolate right
Switch the beer mug for a bar of candy. LOL
Also, in your clinicals you will find some fantastic nurses. Make sure you and your class recognize them and what they do. If the hospital or facility has a form to recognize the employee have your class write and tell the facility about that special nurse/nurses. Stick out and make a possitve difference.
As mentioned previously, in clinicals is were you will make the best friends. You all will be new to this, scared, deer in the headlight look, and look to each other for answers.