Okay, I'm a new grad and try really, really hard not to act like the ones you just described. I didn't have helicopter parents and I try *really* hard not to be one to my own children.
I got pregnant at 19 dropped out of college because of complications with my pregnancy. Continued working as a dietary aide at the hospital I was working at since I was 17. My amazing daughter was born and I continued working at the same hospital. A position opened up as a UDC on telemetry and I fought for that job. I worked that job to pay for my own wedding when I was 21. I cross trained as a nurses' aide because I wanted more patient contact and learning experiences (plus my unit kept losing aides). Got pregnant again and kept working as a UDC/aide. Went back to nursing school at night and worked my butt off as the president of my class and mother of two little kids. I still kept working full time hours until I graduated. I worked at my hospital for 10 years before I took a job with my current employer. Yea, I ended up with a great job but not because my parents removed all my obstacles but because I fought through them and had a resume that knocked the socks off my employer.
So yea, there are new grads out there like the ones you described but honestly we aren't all like that. I have a few friends that are. I have a lot more that aren't. So with all due respect (your lesson in Acid-Base balances changed my life), don't make broad generalizations about all of us .
Yea, I made a post about how much I worry in the new grad forum recently. I, however, mentioned nothing about anyone being mean to me or "eating me", quite the opposite, I have been blessed with some amazing preceptors/teachers. I am in awe of the ICU nurses around me and do everything in my power to learn from all of them. I have been on my own since I was 18. I became a mom at 19, bought a house and married the love of my life at 21 and graduated nursing school at 27. Sure, I did some things out of order, but hey, I never had a dang thing handed to me. Now, I work hard to make sure my children will be strong and independent when they get out on their own some day.
P.S. Please don't be upset about my response. I just don't like being lumped in with some of these kids. Also, I realize that she asked you your thoughts on new grads as a whole, in which I don't disagree with you. I just wanted you to know that we're not all how you described (though I'm sure you do realize that).