Yes, you read correctly, Senator Maureen Walsh (R – Washington State) seems to believe that nurses really have time to sit down and play cards at work. Nurses around the world react saying that they are actually busy saving lives and rarely receive their legal breaks.
Senator Walsh made the comments on April 16, 2019 and it was said that he was referring to nurses working in critical access hospitals. She believes that they should be exempt from a SHB 1155 bill that would protect nurses from mandatory overtime and protect their breaks to eat and rest.
In the video Walsh is heard making several affirmations about the nursing profession,
"If the nurses get tired, stop letting them take 12-hour shifts, let them take 8-hour shifts. 12 hours, I know they want it, but then they come back and start talking on both sides of their mouths and they tell us how tired they are. " says Senator Walsh.
Continue to express your opinion about what nurses do during their rest time,
"I understand that I make sure we have breaks and things like that, but I also understand that we have to take care of patients first, I'll tell you that these nurses probably have breaks, they probably play cards for a while. day! said, Sen. Maureen Walsh.
On the bill – SHB 1155
The intent of Bill SHB 1155 was to protect breaks for lunch and rest for nurses who work 12 hours per day or more, which is standard for most nurses, and to limit mandatory overtime. A practice that, according to the Washington State Nurses Association, is an "abhorrent employer practice" with unplanned overtime that not only hurts nurses but also long-term patients.
However, Senator Walsh recently offered an amendment to the bill that will also limit the nurse's shift hours to 8 hours per day in the state of Washington. This amendment is causing a setback and a controversy in the entire nursing community of the state of Washington, as many say it will affect their livelihood.
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The nurses react
The President and CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, Cassie Sauer, issued a statement confirming that they do not support Senator Walsh's amendment,
"In a surprise amendment to the nursing staff bill, the Senate added a provision that would limit nurses to work only eight hours in a 24-hour period. This would be a strict prohibition, without exemptions for emergencies or patient safety. The nurses could not choose to work more if they wanted to. A nurse could be in the middle of a surgical procedure to save lives and there would be no exception that allows them to stay and complete their work. WSHA did not support and was not aware of this amendment.
This would also change the standard schedule for nurses, who mostly work three shifts of 12 hours a week, a schedule that was mainly developed on demand. If the amendment becomes law, nurses would have to work five days a week to earn a full-time salary. " said Sauer.
Sauer finished the declaration with a call to action for the amendment to be deleted,
"We need your action, please tell the members of the House how bad this would be, tell your nurses what is going on and ask them to call their unions and members of your House, tell them to oppose the amendment. from the eight-hour work limit to SHB 1155. "
The Washington State Nurses Association says on its website that "there is a zero logic behind the amendment," as it will cover breaks for some nurses, but not for all nurses.
In regards to Senator Walsh's recent comments, the WSNA says that they are not only disrespectful but also "one of the most degrading statements about the nursing profession since the" medical stethoscopes of 2015 "by Joy Behar in The comments View ".