"I understand how I helped the staff and made sure that we had breaks and things like that. But I also understand that we need to take care of the patients first and foremost, "said Walsh.
The Washington State Nurses Association called out to Walsh" humiliate "and said there was" zero logic "when nurses in some "While others are left without protective measures."
"If we have a problem with nurses getting tired, let's stop to let them work in 1
The Democratic Party-controlled Senate passed SHB 1155 -18, including the two amendments, on September 30. Walsh voted against the bill.
WSNA supports the full measure, but rejects the two amendments tabled
Walsh responded to the backlash, claiming she has the "greatest respect for nurses" and that her mother has been a registered nurse for many years.
Walsh continued, "The fact is that 61% of our critically accredited hospitals are in the red and the mandatory breaks and lunches at these facilities across the state are not a problem, these are smaller rural hospitals with far fewer patients than Our city hospitals and the bill are not necessary for them to meet the needs of their patients or the budget of the hospital. "
The bill was originally passed on March 6, before it was approved by the Senate on Tuesday. Now head back to the house to approve the bill's amendments before signing for the governor's desk.
CNN has contacted the Washington Gov office.