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October 28, 2020 04:00pm
By Sara Karlovitch, Assistant Editor
Senator Maureen Walsh made a statement about nurses playing cards all day, which caused a massive reaction among hardworking health care professionals everywhere.
Washington state Senator Maureen Walsh created a social media uproar last week after saying that nurses in smaller hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day" during a debate about legislation that would give nurses uninterrupted meal and rest periods. Social media has been exploding with reactions to this statement, and this week, she apologized, according to an article in theWashington Post. There is apetitionwith almost 700,000 signatures for Senator Walsh to shadow a nurse for a 12-hour shift to have the opportunity to walk a day in a nurse's shoes.
Nurses are under extremely stressful working conditions, often multitasking and understaffed, and many nurses do not have enough time to eat or use the restroom.
Pritee Rudnick, RN, is a member of a rapidly growing Facebook group calledNurses With Cards. In several days, the group has grown to more than 215,000 members, and is growing by the hour.
Rudnick, like many of the members of the Facebook group, is having fun with her colleagues at work, joking about playing cards. Although thousands of nurses sent decks of cards to Senator Walsh, many with large amounts of glitter included, Rudnick chose not to partake. “She doesn’t deserve a gift, I deserve one!” she said. Rudnick advocates for the nursing profession, explaining that “nurses in all areas of the profession work really hard taking care of patients from the community to the hospital.”
Many members of the health care profession quickly came to the defense of nurses, showing support for the profession that earns the top spot in theGallup pollyear after year for honesty and ethics. This is what some pharmacists had to say about nurses:
On behalf of pharmacists everywhere, thank you to all of the caring and hardworking nurses out there, and if any of us ever get a break, we should arrange a giant card game!
Rudnick noted that Nurse Appreciation Week is just 2 short weeks away, May 6-12. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.