Canadian Nurses Play Poker on Breaks

Winner takes stable patients, loser gets to float on Medicine!


I’m just kidding! Apparently Senator Walsh would beg to differ…

When I heard about Senator Walsh’s comments; I wanted to know what brought on her talk about nurses. After doing some light reading I discovered from that…

“Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh said the following when discussing a proposed state bill SHB 1155 that would mandate uninterrupted meal and rest periods for nurses:

‘I understand helping with employees and making sure that we have rest breaks and things like that. But I also understand that we need to care for patients first and foremost. And by putting these types of mandates on a critical access hospital that literally serves a handful of hospitals.  I would submit to you that those (small hospital) nurses probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.’

Walsh was pushing for an amendment that would exempt smaller, rural hospitals from this mandate, an amendment that was subsequently adopted.”

Well, that was an ignorant statement. However it probably is a good thing that they adopted the amendment because smaller hospitals have less staff, so when an emergency does happen, they need all hands on deck, whether its your break or not.

Nurses are team players. They play their cards together, not letting the borders between countries stop them. I find it fascinating when Nurses across continents band together, and usually (at least in social media land) its always Canadian and American nurses. Like that stethoscope scandal, from The View, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about, but click the link if you don’t. Nurses everywhere were shaking their heads and purely disgusted by the ignorant remarks by Joy Behar.

The uproar from nurses around North America was amazing to see, my fellow Canadian nurses were sharing news articles, memes, cartoons, and all kinds of thoughtful and humorous comebacks.



My favourite thing that I’ve been following in the Nurse world, is the Nursing strike in New York; the strike is over because they got what they were pushing for. They were pushing for safe staffing ratios. Something that I’m sure all nurses can relate to or have a story or two to share. You can read more on that here. Actually, looking at the deal that they got makes me want to be a nurse there! Tuition costs are paid for, oh how I wish.

Lets raise awareness as to what a typical nurses day looks like.

Most of all, lets keep supporting one another.

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