There is definitely no shortage of difficult people in the world and of course, nurses/nursing students are among them. I'm an older "new grad" and I must agree that I saw some entitled, overly sensitive attitudes at school- mainly among the young but a few students my age too. The "everyone gets a trophy" is nice but kids need to learn that respect is earned and the world owes them nothing. I agree that the way we were raised in the 70's prepared us better for "real life". Of course on the other side, true bullying was ignored- "Just fit in!" was the general sentiment from where I come from- and I won't even get started on the general ignorance and intolerance to mental health issues, sexuality and diversity. But when it comes to the "me first, I'm so special and nobody understands"- I do think we see more snowflakes these days. Parents who are afraid to be "reported" for normal discipline and jobs and schools that fear being sued allow some people to get away with unacceptable behavior. I would love to think that all nurses are kind, considerate, emotionally healthy people but that's not reality. I agree that it's important that some social skills be addressed in nursing school but also that there's no way that it will "fix" people who have naturally difficult or unkind personalities or those who may be decent people but have such ingrained habits and outlooks due to their upbringing that you can't see the decency.
I think that ESPECIALLY in nursing, an attitude of respect, tolerance, kindness and patience should be prerequisites. Nobody is like that all the time but we should usually be able to hold it together at work without upsetting and alienating coworkers and patients. Then again, there are coworkers and patients who seem to make it their life's goal to be upset and alienated. Sometimes you just can't win. However, having fact, manners and knowing when not to "go there" is a big part of being a good nurse, IMO.
I'm rambling here but just want to add- I think it is SO important to respect those who have gone before us. When I work with a nurse who has experience and wisdom to share, I don't expect to be coddled and coaxed. When one spends all their time thinking about how that are being treated- "that nurse's tone was harsh"- "she didn't thank me for emptying that bedpan"- etc etc- one doesn't leave room to notice what is important- what can be LEARNED from that nurse! I'm not talking about nurses who are outright mean, just ones that are stern and no-no sense. There's nothing wrong with that and new nurses should be able to learn from all types of people.