Washington State Senator Outrages Millions By Saying Nurses Play Cards All Day

Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh argued that nurses at small hospitals have time to play cards all day.

Olympia, WA – A Republican state senator has become a target of derision after she argued that nurses at small hospitals don’t need uninterrupted meal breaks and mandatory overtime protection because they "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day."

Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh made the remark on the senate floor on April 16, but all hell broke loose after she was quoted in a blog posted by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) on Friday, CBS News reported.

Walsh was arguing for an amendment to exclude small hospitals from a bill that would protect meal breaks and mandatory overtime for nurses.

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

WSNA’s blog called Wash’s remarks “"incredibly disrespectful and patronizing."

"No, senator, nurses are not sitting around playing cards," it read. "They are taking care of your neighbors, your family, your community."

Walsh’s comments about nurses playing cards quickly went viral, and nurses and their supporters clapped back hard at the politician.

The senator defended herself and said she has the utmost respect for nurses, and revealed that her own mother was a nurse, according to CBS News.

But that excuse did little to quash the outrage being hurled at her via every social media channel.

Numerous police officers and law enforcement agencies across the country shared a meme that welcomed the nursing profession to the club of disrespected professions.

Over a three-day period, angry nurses were able to collect 650,000 signatures from nurses challenging the lawmaker to spend a day walking in their shoes. On Tuesday, Walsh accepted the challenge, USA Today reported.

On Wednesday, The Hill reported that 667 packs of playing cards addressed to Walsh had been received by a UPS store on the senator's behalf.

The legislation passed the Senate and has moved on to the House for a final vote, which it was expected to receive without roadblocks, CBS News reported.

From there, the bill will go to Washington Governor Jay Inslee for his consideration and signature.

Comments (18)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

She probably meant firemen....

JBo
JBo

Dear Washington Senator: Nurses don't play cards...they save lives. The first person you will see after you're brought in to the ER is a nurse.

Please stop trying to prove how stupid politicians can be.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

As a retired cop... nurses walk on water and can do no wrong! And ER nurses... rule the earth! Thank you for what you do, sacrifice and give up when one of us cops come in on a gurney. May the good Lord bless and keep all of you and your families safe! Thank you!

cspcapt
cspcapt

she means politicans play cards all day if they even show up

NomonK
NomonK

My departed wife was a nurse in a small community hospital and I know for a fact she didn't have time for anything but the care of her patients. She came home many times crying because a baby was in a terrible accident or someone she knew was diagnosed with a deadly illness. Her feet and legs cramped so much and I would massage them.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Oh yes...let's add that profession to the growing list of under appreciated civil servants! Why not...we can now say police, nurses and fire "personnel" are non-doers! wait...do we want to include politicians in that list too????

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

She had better hope she never needs hospital care!!!

VicG
VicG

What a bunch of BS. Nurses barely have time to eat, pee, or do anything other than care for their patients. God bless and watch over them...

JR8859
JR8859

There was no apology made here. All I heard was an attempt at rationalizing what she had said, followed up with placing blame on Facebook for “Taking the comments out of context.” Witch!

Lochemet
Lochemet

What a disgusting comment to make about nurses. How could a senator ever make such a low-life comment about professionals who actually lay down their lives for the patients they oversee? Walsh's comments only give me the impression that she is totally out to lunch (no pun intended) and completely unaware of what is going on around her. I wonder if that's her M.O. of how she deals with her constituents? She has no clue what's going on in her own district, so she makes things up?? I have been around too many nurses in my life taking care of family members throughout the years and can only say that nurses are amazing people. They do dirty work that most people would not be willing to do, and do not get paid anywhere near what they are worth. I only hope that Walsh will get her ultimate response to her comments in the next elections...

Wish505
Wish505

There is no excuse for this statement. So inappropriate and out of line. All the nurses I now have hidden wings on their backs.

magnumforc
magnumforc

My mother was and my wife is a registered nurse and this is plain and simple idiocy from the mouth of a politician who knows nothing about nursing. Of course, she knows nothing about policing, fire fighting or rescue either but will likely make stupid statements about those professions as well. Maybe more idiotic than her drivel are the people who voted for this fool!

tb0ne30
tb0ne30

Ya know it sad that she thinks this. Trying to make a point or not! NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER, have I seen ANY Nurses playing any kind of game when they are on duty!! I hope and pray that this Senator, and I use the term extremely lightly, gets the day of her life walking a day in the shoes of a nurse. I hope this story gets updated when, and if, she really does walk a day in a nurses shoes. Rant over. Thank you.