There's an epidemic in the medical field... and no, it's not that nurses are playing cards

“[Nurses] probably play cards a considerable amount of the day” remarked Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh on Monday while arguing against a bill that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses and would protect them from mandatory overtime.

Her comment has garnered significant backlash, including a petition to make her shadow a nurse for a 12 hour shift, now with over 600,000 signatures. Sen. Walsh has since apologized for her statement, but the flow of frustration and anger on social media hasn’t relented. She smacked her hammer against an already cracked dam and is experiencing the repercussions full force.

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Jake Thayer