Gee huggietoes, that sounds like the same nursing model that my facility strives for. I am teamed with a patient care technician, but we both run our tails off!! The tech does most of the personal care. (Boy, I miss having the time to do that). Neither of us has time for many of those precious moments you have described. It's so sad.
Ours is a med-surg floor, and it's always busy. I could spend most of the day just passing meds, and giving prn meds!! Interactions are short, and I always know I need to be in two or three other places at the same time.
But on the bright side, most of the folks I work with have learned how to squeeze those great interactions and moments of support and humor, into our frequent short times with the patients......during assessments, dressing changes, walking folks to the bathroom, ...any time at all!
I work with a wonderful crew, from the unit managers to staff nurses, techs, housekeepers, unit clerks...
I guess we have bonded through adversity!!!
You sound like a real caring nurse. Hope you find a place to work that fits you better.