“They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.” So said State Sen. Maureen Walsh of Washington in her effort to add an amendment to state legislation to expand breaks for nurses. The amendment, which passed, exempts small hospitals in Washington from expanded break rules.
Nurses across the country are reacting to Walsh’s comments with memes displaying how they aren’t playing cards, but are instead saving lives, working extra hours, and in some cases taking no breaks at all (not even to eat or go to the bathroom). The Washington State Nurses Association issued a statement calling Walsh’s comments “incredibly disrespectful and patronizing.” The association also noted the illogic of giving some nurses protections, but not all.
The American Nurses Association had this to say on social media: “It’s disappointing that an elected official is so uninformed about #nurses, the nation’s most trusted profession. Let’s educate others about what we do and make our voices heard at every level of government.”
American Nurse Today wants to hear from you. Use the hashtags #notplayingcards and #savinglives.