Wash. State Senator accepts challenge to shadow nurses after 'cards' comment

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh, (R) Walla Walla, agreed to shadow a nurse for 12 hours after taking heat for a controversial remark on the Senate floor, KOMO News reported Monday

Walsh was the center of public outcry after she opposed a bill mandating uninterrupted lunch breaks and rest periods for hospital nurses. 

“I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks,” Walsh said. “They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.” 

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Walsh’s comments sparked an online petition demanding she shadow a nurse on a 12-hour shift. The petition received more than a half million signatures.  

On Monday, Walsh accepted the challenge, while also claiming her comments were taken out of context. She said she wished she could “reel her comment back in,” adding that she has great respect for nurses. Walsh said her mother was an RN for many years. 

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