When we were younger, making friends was easy. School provides us with an instant pool of people our own age that we interact with on a daily basis, who are in the same boat we are. But once we leave nursing school and enter the real world, finding friends can be a more difficult task, especially if you have to relocate for a job.
Whether in or out of the hospital, you are dealing with a myriad of ages, interests and personalities. So how do you sift through it all to find true friends? Here are some tips on how to make it happen.
Make Yourself Accessible
At the Hospital: The workplace can be a hard place to approach people. Conflicting shift schedules and running around after patients makes it hard to interact with your coworkers. Make an effort to show you’re a friendly person. Engage in some friendly hospital banter. Ask coworkers how their weekend was. Any excuse to interact with your colleagues will help show them that you are willing to make the effort to be friends.
Out of the Hospital: When you aren’t working a shift, you don’t have a direct pool of people to interact with. The entire city is a pool of possible friends. The best approach is to simply be approachable. Be friendly. Smile and say hi as people pass. Strike up a conversation in the line at the grocery store or the bank. The friendlier you are, the more people will want to interact with you.
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