Just my opinion: you, like many others entered nursing when it was/is full ablaze. That's hot!!!!! I came in yesteryear before the popularity of IV drugs/narcs, before the advent of the cellphone or pager, during a time when we were lucky to have ONE computer on each floor and we were in awe just at the thought of such a contraption; before intracaths were made of plastic, during the days of orderlies for male patients only, and during the days when we were sent home if we came to work without our caps, and during the days when there was a nurse assigned just for IV fluids, one for medications other than the IV route and a charge nurse who would bite your head off for calling the doctor as that was her job. Notice I said her. We could count the number of male nurses in the entire hospital. We were in awe of them, too. Lol!
The introduction of these new gadgets were gradual and the changes in nursing were gradual, the threat of lawsuits didn't exist as we were viewed as sincere people trying to help the sick as opposed to the now insult of being glorified-maids, legalized drug pushers taking care of people who are ALWAYS right. We were allowed to warm up as these changes took place. You poor souls today are thrown into the fire! (Here comes my favorite quote.) Pierce Brosnan, in his role in Dante's Peak, once said, "if you throw a frog into boiling water, he will hop right out. But if you put it in cool water and heat it up gradually, he will SLOWLY boil to death.". We 'experienced' nurses are simmering as we speak!
I hope you feel better soon. Truly, I do, because new nurses turn into experienced nurses. If you all quit, where will that leave us and who will teach those who are to follow you? You have a role and although you may feel like you're thrown to the wolves, as I do almost every day too, your role is important in the grand scheme of things.
One more thought: in my 27 years of nursing, I've only held one job in which I worked a couple of miles from my home. Otherwise, the commute has ALWAYS been at least an hour one way. My current drive is 3 1/2 hours in one direction. This allows for preprogramming before the shift and deprogramming afterwards. These are a MUST for me if I am to return to work another day. I guess the older I get, the more therapy I need.