harleyq: it’s a bit of both. students who are critical thinkers / problem solvers probably go into better compensated professions (finance, consulting, law, medicine, engineering).
I work in tech marketing, and the communications kids are especially woefully unprepared. There’s a rare diamond in the rough, but the time it takes to find him or her is almost not worth it. The product marketing kids are much much better, but hate the writing aspect.
you don’t know the back story and history. I once gave a junior person a dressing down because she had zero attention to detail, was not proactive, could not tell the difference between writing sample A and sample B and was asking a million questions whose answers did not matter. She also is arrogant in that she considers herself a writer, but doesn’t have and understanding of sentence / paragraph / content structure, audience understanding, etc. so I feel like I’m teaching her high school English. She’s at top notch public university (a UC) which is disappointing.
I love questions, but hate questions that can easily be answered by google or questions where the answer literally did not matter (I.E. You are going to do what’s been decided so any more information will not change your approach or methodology).
It was all I could do not to scream “do you even give a shit because if you don’t, there’s the door. Come back when you’re wearing your caring pants.” Instead, what came out of my mouth was “your content is boring and riddled with mistakes that indicate that you don’t care about doing a good job. I’m sure that’s not what you intend, so help me understand why this is happening and how I can help you write better.”
Anyhow, it’s possible this nurse is overextended, tired and over super junior kids who have to be told the same thing more than once, can’t google, etc. maybe pull junior nurse aside and ask if everything is ok.
Mentoring requires a lot of energy, which is why mentors need to be the ones to pick their mentees. They’ll be more invested in their success and less resentful of their inexperience.