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I was not close to anyone during nursing school.

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Biology2Nursing has <1 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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emmjayy is a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Then I would hear them bashing LPN's for their lack of knowledge or skills.

What the heck! It blows my mind that an unlicensed student who is being hosted as a guest on a unit would ever make fun of an LPN or CNA. They have more to show by way of certification, skills, and experience than a nursing student. Dang. I'm sorry you had that experience.

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Wow that sounds like I wrote that! Yes, I went through the same thing you did in NS. I didn't really make friends with anyone even though I tried. I stopped caring and was just determined to get through my program. It could be that I was treated differently because I was the only white student in a class of all Filipinos though. Or it could be that they were jealous because I got the best grades in the class and was the valedictorian. I don't know and I don't care. Most of them were nice enough save for a few, but they never really included me in anything or bothered trying to get to know me, and at the end of the day it didn't really matter because I didn't go to school to make friends.

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I'm in the same boat, and while there are times when I wish I had a bunch of new nursing school besties with whom to take on the world, I also have to be pragmatic and look at who I am. I'm an over 40, selectively social, military spouse to an infantryman with younger kids who is super geeky with dark humor and gets really good grades. Think a goth Hermione Granger, and nobody really likes Hermione Granger.

I just lost my bestie - a similarly minded military combat medic "Doc" with morbid humor - to mid-semester washout, and the prospects of making friends with individuals half my age who love Gray's Anatomy, go in girls nights together, and are all about the drama in study groups has zero draw for me. Again, selectively social and no interest in drama.

My advice? Get a mentor. If there is a staff member whose classes you have taken and enjoyed, ask if they'd be willing to mentor you. My mentor is currently the student mentor for LPN bridge students, but since she is a big Dr. Who fan and is similarly geeky, she and I get along well. I know that if I'm having difficulty or if the other students get catty about grades or don't want to play nice in the sandbox with the nerdy kid, I can talk about my experiences with someone who returned to school about the same age as I did. Similarly, if there is student further along in the program whom you've met at SNA that seems like someone you could talk with, get a "Big Sister/Brother" and spend time with them. Not only can they alert you to what's coming up, they can dramatically widen your circle of friends.

Being a non-typical student isn't an easy row to hoe, but it can be done. A mentor, an advanced student, or even a single person who is similarly minded can make all the difference and make for friendships that are a lot longer than your time at school.

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Girl, I am right there with you. Except I'm finishing my last two semesters of nursing school and still don't fit in to any "group". My experience has been that nursing school is catty and full of mean girls, so I quit going out of my way to try and be friends with any of them. I started standing up for myself and calling people out when they were mean to me and I feel like I've gained some respect my last two semesters. But honestly, I stopped worrying about "not having friends" in nursing school. I could honestly care less at this point. I'm moving cities anyway with my husband when I graduate. You're not alone :)

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