Finding friends in a new city can feel challenging, but it is important for nurses to have a support system outside of work. It’s easy to be intimidated, but forging new relationships can be exciting and can help you personally and professionally.

Here are some ways nurses can find friends in a new city:

Make connections during orientation

Use the orientation at your travel assignment facility to meet other nurses and healthcare professionals. Exchange information or even social media profile information to stay connected. You can explore the city together or share information on what you’ve experienced. 

Join social groups or clubs

Look for local clubs or groups that share your interests, such as a running group or a book club. These groups often hold regular meetings or events where you can meet other like-minded people.

You can often find these groups on social media apps like Facebook or Instagram. Simple searches like “book club [city name]” or “running club [city name]” might get you the information you’re looking for. 

Facebook Groups are also a great way to find out about local mixers and networking events. Look for groups that specialize in your particular interests. 

Use friendship apps

There’s an app for everything now including friendship apps that can match you with others in your area looking to develop friendships and relationships. These apps are useful because you can look through profiles and filter results according to interests. Examples of friendship apps are Bumble BFF or WINK

Volunteer around town

Volunteering for a cause you care about is a great way to meet new people who share your values and interests. Local charities and non-profit organizations will post local volunteering opportunities for people who are interested in giving back. If you have a charity you volunteer with back home, check if they have a chapter or organization at your new location. 

Attend local events 

Check out local events and festivals in your area, such as street fairs, concerts, or art exhibitions. These events can be great places to meet new people and connect with your community. You can likely find these events through city websites or event aggregation sites like Eventbrite

Take classes or workshops

Consider taking a class or workshop in something you’ve always been interested in, such as cooking, painting, or dancing. This is a great way to learn a new skill and meet others with similar interests.

Join nursing associations

Nurses can join nursing associations in their new city to meet other nurses who share similar interests and experiences. These associations often have networking events and social activities that can help nurses connect with other professionals in the field.

Take fitness classes

Joining fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, or cycling can be a fun way to stay active and meet new people. Nurses can look for local classes and studios in their new city and sign up for classes that fit their schedule. Plus, fitness classes are a great way to have fun and lower your stress levels.

Remember that making friends takes time and effort, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t make connections right away. Keep trying new activities and groups, and don’t be afraid to initiate conversations and get to know people better. 

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