I may be taking this back further than you intended, but this makes me think of a conversation I had with a relative who is a retired nurse.
This relative practiced as a nurse in the 1950s thru '80s. She described the following to me. She said she made a single entry on the patient's chart in a shift. She did not have to deal with all the defensive practice we deal with now. She did not have to check medications out with things like we have now, pyxis. She just went and got their medication. There was no counting.
She mentioned they didn't have all the equipment requiring complex technical skills. She also said she always got a lunch break, and if one of the nurses had a headache, they'd just take a narcotic from the bottle of narcs at the nurses' station. Things were more simple. Nursing has become complex, but the education has not lengthened to match the increased complexity. Now add to that the student loans many students are taking out, and it's a recipe for high-stress. My relative? Her hospital sponsored her and even paid for her housing in a nurses' dorm. Today's students...most of them are working other jobs while in nursing school. Most graduate with student loan debt that burdens them and adds to their stress. Most do not start with a firm foundation from nursing school and a clean financial slate.
I think part of the issue has to do with moving nursing education from hospital-based training to academic education. The move to academic education was needed for nursing to be a true profession, but it compressed the much needed clinical experience. So what's the answer? Lengthening nursing education. I don't see that happening.