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.