Washington state senator sparks backlash for saying nurses spend time 'playing cards'


A Washington state senator faced backlash this week after she remarked that some nurses spend portions of their day playing cards.”

Maureen Walsh ® made the comments while discussing a bill on the state Senate floor that would require uninter­rupted meal and rest breaks for nurses, The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported.

The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion (WSNA), which opposed the amend­ment, denounced Walsh’s comments, calling them incred­ibly disre­spectful and patron­izing.” The group said that working unplanned overtime can lead to a lower quality of care, higher burnout rates, decreased patient satis­fac­tion and increased errors.


THE HILL: Washington state senator sparks backlash for saying nurses spend time 'playing cards' (4/20/19)