A Republican state senator Maureen Walsh has come under fire for saying that nurses in smaller hospitals 'probably play cards for a considerable part of the day'. Yes, really.
Senator Walsh made the comments during a debate about legislation that would provide nurses with uninterrupted rest periods and meal times, as well as mandatory overtime for nurses and certain health care employees.
Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Walsh said:
By putting these types of mandates on a critical access hospital that literally serves a handful of individuals, I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks.
They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.
Unsurprisingly she opposed the legislation, saying that 'it does not apply' to districts like hers that have many critical access hospitals, as well as fewer than 25 beds.
The comments have elicited a huge backlash, with many nurses responding with sarcastic pictures of them playing cards.
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Others protested the ill-informed statement by sending the senator packs of cards after Shy Braaten posted a now-deleted open letter to her on Facebook that included Ms Walsh's PO Box address, and it went viral.