State senator accused nurses of playing cards on the job. So they dealt her a reality check – The Olympian

House of Cards
State Sen. Walsh says mandatory breaks for nurses can’t work everywhere Nurses in Washington state are calling comments about nurses "playing cards" by Sen. Maureen Walsh disrespectful and patronizing after she argued that mandatory rest breaks at the tiniest hospitals would be too much of a burden. By × Nurses in Washington state are calling comments about nurses "playing cards" by Sen. Maureen Walsh disrespectful and patronizing after she argued that mandatory rest breaks at the tiniest hospitals would be too much of a burden. ByState Sen. .


Maureen Walsh built herself a house of cards. Last week, she offended nurses nationwide with her comments about them playing cards at work. This week they sent her their own message by dealing her a full house. About 1, 700 decks of playing cards have already arrived at the College Place Republican’s office in Olympia along with messages of outrage. Walsh has since apologized, saying the comments during a heated Senate debate were taken out of context “but still they crossed the line.” Her office has been inundated by 10, 000 emails and more than 35, 000 phone calls since Friday, when the Herald first published the story about the outcry by nurse’s union officials. Walsh has taken the backlash to heart, and she has also responded to the flood of cards and comments in good humor. “I like poker as much as anyone, but I think I’m pretty well stocked up right now, ” Walsh said in a media release. “One thing’s for sure. It’s a good time to be in the playing-card business.” Nurses have posted to social media about long days, with little time to use the restroom, let alone get a snack. .

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