OK, I'll bite: I believe the students today do possess some significant differences overall from just a decade ago (when I was in nursing school
). An increasing number of students are second-career (many already possess 4-year college degrees in another discipline or profession), are older, and have vast life experiences and wisdom. The richness of life experiences will help these students in many ways in their quest to become nursing professionals. Students are also much more diverse in values, beliefs, ideals, socioeconomic status, and demographics (we are seeing more males and minority students in nursing).
These students prefer a much more collaborative approach to education and already are highly motivated. They desire more of a voice and empowerment in their educational process.
These are just a few of my thoughts... is this what you had in mind, Ann?