"By putting these types of mandates on a critical access hospital that literally serves a handful of individuals, I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day," Washington state Senator Maureen Walsh said on Tuesday during a debate on the Washington state Senate floor.- CNN
Dear Maureen Walsh,
As a Registered Nurse that has been practicing for almost 2 years, there have been multiple times where I was unable to eat, held my bladder for a whole shift, and gone home with little to no energy to take care of myself afterwards. 8 hour or 12 hour shifts doesn't differ. Hospitals are always busy no matter how long you are there.
If you didn’t know, Maureen Walsh was hospitalized and treated for a heart attack back in 2018. In multiple articles online, they stated that she returned back to Olympia after a heart attack. GOOGLE IT!
When you came into the ER with chest pain, were you ignored and told to take a seat? Or did the nurses take you back ASAP to get testing done? Did you get all of the medication you needed and started on the drips to preserve your heart? If it was not for the nurses taking care of you for 24 hours a day, do you think you will be alive? Will you be alive to make such statement about nurses? While you were hospitalized, did you see your nurses on the left and the right of you playing cards?
NO!! So how are you going to make such a broad and disrespectful comment like this? Were you prepared to have such backlash because nurses are just nurses and are not that important. SWEETIE!!!! Nursing is said to be one of the MOST trusted professions in the world!!!!! Lets repeat that. ONE OF THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSION IN THE WORLD!!
While you think we may be “playing cards,” we are doing CPR on a dying patient, trying to keep a patient from bleeding out while giving blood transfusions, and comforting a family member while their child is deteriorating. This is not a casino, this is a hospital! We save lives everyday and risk our lives doing it.
THANK YOU to my fellow nurses for stepping up and letting her know the truth about the duties of a nurse!! I am sure she has received tons of emails and voicemails on the matter. It is even on CNN that she has received backlash from making the statement. You all did what was needed to let the world know about the hard work we put in each and every day. In and outside of the hospital. Now let’s continue to pass the torch of nursing and show others that we are important in every life touched!!!!!
A hardworking Registered Nurse,