A state senator may soon shadow a nurse for a day, after saying some of them spend much of their time playing cards

Washington state Sen. Maureen Walsh is facing backlash for her comments about nurses.

(CNN)In a span of three days, nearly 650,000 nurses signed a petition to get Washington state Sen. Maureen Walsh to walk in their shoes for a day. And she's accepted the challenge.

The Republican lawmaker came under fire after saying last week that nurses in smaller hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day" during a debate about legislation that would provide nurses with uninterrupted meal and rest periods.
Outraged by Walsh's comments, Chicago nurse Juliana Bindas created an online petition Saturday that calls on Walsh to shadow a nurse for a 12-hour shift.