WSNA reacts to Sen. Walsh’s comment that nurses at critical access hospitals “probably play cards”


Sen. Maureen Walsh has garnered national atten­tion for comments she made on the Senate floor last week. Walsh made the comments while asserting that nurses at critical access hospi­tals should be exempt from a bill that, in part, would require hospi­tals to give uninter­rupted meal and rest breaks to certain employees — including licensed practical nurses, regis­tered nurses, and certi­fied nursing assistants.

Jennifer Muhm, Director of Public Affairs at WSNA, said Keller’s post gener­ated enough web traffic to crash WSNA’s website for a number of hours.”

Clearly nurses work in very intense roles, caring for people who are in a hospital because, gener­ally, they are not having a very good day,” Muhm said. And, these jobs are hard, and they’re demanding. And so, I think for this whole profes­sion to be told they were playing cards was just very offen­sive to nurses everywhere.”


WASHINGTON STATE WIRE: WSNA reacts to Sen. Walsh’s comment that nurses at critical access hospitals “probably play cards” (4/22/19)