WA senator sparks backlash after suggesting nurses “play cards” most of the day

WA senator sparks backlash after suggesting nurses “play cards” most of the day

A Washington state senator is facing public backlash after she argued against mandatory rest breaks for nurses at critical access hospitals on Tuesday, suggesting that said nurses probably spend a considerable amount of the day playing cards.

Maureen Walsh, a Republican State Senator representing the 16th district, made the comments on the floor of the Senate in regard to an amendment in SHB 1155 that would require uninterrupted rest breaks for nurses in small, rural hospitals.

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

Walsh’s comments can be viewed in the April 16th Floor Debate, at around 9:30 minutes into the video.

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