A Washington senator is apologizing for the comment she made that nurses play cards most of the day.
Republican senator Maureen Walsh said she was trying to show opposition to a bill that would guarantee uninterrupted rest breaks and lunch for nurses.
Walsh says she has received 27,000 calls and emails because of her comment.
“I’ve been called some pretty horrible things and my kids have been ‘gee I hope you never need and nurse and I hope you die,’ just threatening things like that. Do I regret saying ‘the cards?’ you bet I do. And by the way I’ve got many many hundreds of decks of cards that have been kindly sent to my office.”
An online petition drive was started asking the senator to go along with a nurse on a 12-hour shift. Over a half million people have signed.
“I love my nurses. I’d be happy to come and work in a hospital with them for a while and shadow them and see their job. In the heat of a moment. In the exhaustion of the session I made a comment that I sincerely regret.”
Even though Walsh apologizes for the ‘cards’ statement, she still believes lunches and breaks should be up to hospitals and not state government.