Our own various good and bad experiences in school with instructors and fellow students surely color our perception of and reaction to student-expressed frustrations.
I agree that nursing school *should* be tough, tough enough to ensure students know what they need to know and take it seriously. My experience was that some aspects of nursing school were difficult in some needless ways and *too easy* in other ways that seemed more important to professional practice.
I agree that some students are too quick to blame the instructors for their own inadequacies. However, some instructors do seem to make the process more difficult than it need be. It's inherently difficult, no need to add unnecessary obstacles! Such as instructors who refuse to give any clear example of what they are looking for in a care plan, then tear your care plan apart, and when you ask for further clarification about what they want to see in a care plan, they accuse of you of trying to get them to do your work for you.
I also agree that some aren't cut out for nursing, just like some aren't cut out for dancing. Still, Nurse educate, you might very well have been a 'good enough' to be a dancer - to teach dance to children, to join a community dance club. Very few dancers in the world will be good enough and dedicated enough to become the dancer of your dreams such as a professional ballerina or a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson. Nursing standards should be as high as they need to be for patient safety, but most any smart, hard-working person should be able to meet those minimum standards with concerted effort and good instruction. That doesn't mean most any smart, hard-working person would do well as a bedside acute care nurse, but bedside acute care nursing supposedly isn't the core of nursing practice... or is it? A debate for another day...