I can imagine a lot depends on the student population you are teaching as well as the overall program you are part of. Certain student populations seem unwilling to take personal responsibility. And some nursing programs have a general culture that doesn't respect the students' abilities and feedback.
Personally, I was disappointed that most classes had NCLEX-style questions. While that strategy may have helped me ultimately pass the boards, such questions didn't help me LEARN what I needed as a PRACTICING nurse. What I learned best in school was how to do well on NCLEX-style tests... and write care plans
. And personally, I don't think either are the best way to teach nursing. So when I did poorly on these tasks, I'd get very frustrated because they didn't seem to reflect my future potential as a nurse. And when I did well on such tasks, I was still frustrated because doing well also didn't reflect my future potential either... but at least it didn't mar my GPA and create seemingly unnecessary roadblocks.
I did have instructors who seemed to focus in on nit-picky critiques of different students at different times that, again, didn't really seem to merit the level of reprimand relative to other potential problem areas we as students faced.
I only had a few instructors who really seemed to "tell it like it is" in regard to "real world" nursing practice and to focus on skills and knowledge that would improve our practice and not just prepare us for the NCLEX and/or meet NLN content requirements.
Also, what we covered in class was often very different from how things actually worked on the floor. So oftentimes, what the clinical instructor or nurse preceptor said would run counter to what we'd studied or just weren't clear to us, and having been encouraged to really understand the rationale for all that we do, what else were we to do but ask questions when things didn't make sense? Yet instructors and preceptors would often seem annoyed and would take questions as challenges to their authority and experience and want us to accept their word without question.
So, you might do well to step back and see if any of the complaints have any basis.
Still, I imagine much student whining is just that, especially if they are younger students without much varied life experience.
On a side note:
I personally think nursing education is rather in turmoil at this time and instructors end up taking the brunt of it from students... on the other end, hospital nursing staff and new grad preceptors take the brunt of it as they orient new grads. If any educators out there knows how I could get more in touch with "the powers that be" of nursing education, I'd be very interested to find out more from the front on nursing education issues.