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Marie Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, likes to relay her personal experience in negotiating work benefits to her doctoral and undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, where she is a professor and executive vice dean.
Nolan tells students that as a new nurse in 1980, she was told by a nurse manager that she’d have to work the night shift. “I said, ‘I couldn’t possibly work nights because I want to learn all I can as fast as I can. You really don’t learn as much working at night because patients are sleeping and you don’t want to wake them up.’”
The nurse manager responded, “Well, OK, you can work days then,” Nolan said.
“Three new graduates who were hired just before me were incensed,” she said. “They asked why didn’t I have to work the night shift? And I said, ‘Because I said I wouldn’t.’”