Nurse reacts to Washington state lawmaker's "probably play cards

Nurse reacts to Washington state lawmaker's "probably play cards" comment

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The statement that shocked social media. 

While debating a bill that would require uninterrupted breaks for nurses, one Washington state senator said she was against it. 

"I would submit to you that those nurses probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day," State Sen. Maureen Walsh (WA)  said. 

This comment made by State Sen. Walsh prompted more than a half million signatures on a petition to have her shadow a nurse for a day.

Janice Sweetman, a nurse at UMC, said her normal schedule involves 12 to 13 hour days at work.

"So my day starts at 4:30 in the morning when I wake up. I have to be here at 6, which means I have to leave my house around 5:30-5:35 just to get here on time. I'm here until probably 7 or 7:30 in the evening," Sweetman said.

With this workload, Sweetman said the only break she gets is looking at lab reports on the computer. 

"Within like the last few years, we've just been busting at the seams. Like we are always getting patients out to get new patients in," Sweetman said.

At the end of the day, she said the state senator's comment is just ignorant.

"You just don't know what their life is like, and I think comments like that I don't really take seriously. I just kind off brush it off and think if only you spent one day in my shoes, you'd know how busy it is," Sweetman said.

Walsh has since apologized for the comment, saying that she has even received death threats for it. 

She said she has also agreed to the petition to shadow a nurse for 12 hours.

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