Your wife is totally correct there. The introduction of OS nurses has blown right out of proportion. I have had many many patients tell me that they have woken up after surgery etc and actually wondered what country they were in (they were surrounded by Indian or Asian nurses, not a white person to be seen) - (sorry if that sounds racist, it isnt, its a fact). I really feel for the poor folks that suffer from dementia etc in our nursing homes. They (young Aussie Nurses) dont know what they are missing out on not wanting to look after our elders in NH’s. I ALWAYS find it really interesting and rewarding looking after elderly patients that are admitted to our ward. I’m 58 and work in orthopedic/burns/amputee rehab and I love hearing about “the good old days” from the many elderly patients we get in. They have such great stories to tell. IMHO they are much better patients that young people to look after LOL, they are always greatfull for the care we provide. It is really bad that our governments (state and federal) cant get it into their heads that we have an aging population. Sheer madness. Nearly 40 years doing this job and all I have seen is a slow decline in the healthcare and aged care sectors.
Take care mate!