By now, you’ve likely heard that Sen. Maureen Walsh, a state representative from Washington, outrageously stated that nurses in smaller hospitals “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.”
Her comments, delivered at a debate last week, came in response to a bill that would guarantee nurses uninterrupted meals and rest periods — which Walsh wants to amend so it doesn’t apply to critical-access hospitals in rural areas and hospitals that have fewer than 25 beds. Her logic? Nurses at smaller facilities “probably do get breaks.”
After Walsh revealed that she clearly doesn’t have any sense of how hard nurses work or what fills their days, plenty of RNs, NPs and others were quick to clue her in. Check out some of the funniest and most empowering responses below.
A petition to make Sen. Walsh shadow a nurse for a 12-hour shift
The Change.org petition, which started circulating over the weekend, already has more than half a million signatures from healthcare professionals and patients alike. Its description, written by nurse Juliana Bindas, speaks for itself: “Senator Maureen Walsh stated that we as nurses mostly spend our 12 hour shifts playing cards. I would like to take a stand and petition to have the Senator experience what really happens during an RN’s 12 hour shift. She most likely won’t be playing uno…..”
An effort to highlight the trying work nurses encounter daily, the hashtag #ShowYourCards encourages healthcare professionals to share their emotional stories. One of the most popular posts in this thread comes from @rn_critcare.
I had to admit 15 minutes later, I found out while crying in a storage room. No breaks that day.— CritCareRN (@rn_critcare) April 21, 2019
Received a card of thanks weeks later from the boy and his family.
These are the only cards being dealt to us. #NurseTwitter#NursesUnite
“We NEVER fold”
On Instagram, many nurses showed Sen. Walsh what comes to mind when they think of “playing cards” by posting pictures of their many accreditations and certifications. “This is how NURSES PLAY CARDS,” wrote one user, @nurse_drey. “We NEVER fold.”
“I have a little bit of experience with this…”
The reaction videos from nurse YouTubers are also incredibly inspiring, if you’re looking for some laughs and commiseration. Rhianna Ferial, who works in West Virginia, started off hers by directly addressing Walsh’s comments about critical-care access hospitals. “Those are some of the sickest patients we get. They get transferred to us a lot,” Ferial explains. “Those hospitals are busy, those nurses are busy. Just felt like I have to say that because I have a little bit of experience with this subject.”
Nurses are the no. 1 most trusted profession — where do lawmakers rank?
To really hit the message home, many nurses are reminding Walsh that they consistently rank as the most trusted profession. After all, they spend their shifts caring for patients, which leaves little to no time to play cards! Wrote on Twitter user, @ShelleyLBI, “Senator Maureen Walsh – Us nurses don’t play games. We also don’t eat, drink, or pee for 12 hours at a time, because we are too busy saving lives!”
Added another, @NNUBonnie, “Trust me, nurses haven’t earned the title ‘most trusted profession’ for seventeen years running by ‘playing cards’ on our shifts. WA Sen. Maureen Walsh should be ashamed to use #nurses to score cheap political points like this.”
So yeah, Sen. Walsh, next time you think about messing with nurses, think again.
Last updated on 10/1/19.