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GNA President Responds to Washington State Senator Walsh's Comment Saying that Nurses 'play cards' for 'considerable amount of the day'

Posted over 1 year ago by Charlotte Baez Diaz

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, GNA President Richard Lamphier, RN, responded to Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh's remarks suggesting that nurses in smaller hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day," according to a CNN article

In response, President Lamphier said, “As nurses, we all felt insulted by Senator Walsh’s uneducated comment on nurses working in smaller hospitals sitting around playing cards. We support our fellow colleagues in Washington in condemning these thoughtless remarks. According to polls, nurses are the most trusted profession. We must continue educating and advocating public officials on what is best for the nursing profession.”

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