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Do nurses spend time ‘playing cards’? Washington senator’s remarks spark outrage


State Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, has drawn the wrath of state nurses after she said on the floor of the Senate that some nurses may spend a considerable part of their day playing cards.

Her comments came during a debate on SHB 1155, which unions have supported. They have asked for years for legislation that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks and mandatory overtime protection no matter the size of the hospital.

The Washington State Nurses Association posted a blog about Walsh’s comments on its website, drawing so many readers that the site crashed for a time on Friday.


THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW: Do nurses spend time ‘playing cards’? Washington senator’s remarks spark outrage (4/19/19)