Local nurse reacts to Washington Senator’s comment

Raleigh County

Monday, Washington state senator Maureen Walsh publicly apologized for her comment about nurses while discussing a bill that would mandate breaks.

A local nurse said those words still sting. 

Walsh was arguing to exclude small, rural hospitals from the bill when she said,  ‘I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.’

Nurses nationwide sounded off on social media with their reactions. 

Nurse at Beckley ARH Hospital, Allison Grimmett, said she gets a 30 minute lunch break and two, 15 minute breaks during her 12 hour shift in the psych ward.

She said nursing is extremely demanding which is why she was appalled by the comment.

“You have to have a heart to do it and it has to be your passion, and for someone to say — pretty much to your face — that you are lazy, or you’re goofing off, or that you have time to do anything other than take care of patients… it’s like a slap in the face,” said Grimmett.

Grimmett said she thinks shadowing a nurse for a day would help educate people on their responsibilities. 

Walsh backtracked and said she regrets her comments and they were taken out of context. 

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