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Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, Nurse.com's legal information columnist, received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and concentrates her solo law practice in health law and legal representation, consultation and education for healthcare professionals, school of nursing faculty and healthcare delivery facilities.

Brent has conducted many seminars on legal issues in nursing and healthcare delivery across the country and has published extensively in the area of law and nursing practice. She brings over 30 years of experience to her role of legal information columnist.

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What is the best way for other employees to deal with an RN supervisor dating another employee under his/her direct supervision?
Date: Jul 21, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, If a nurse is in a supervisory position, is it not illegal and unethical to da..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Patricia, The type of situation you describe in your workplace is difficult indeed. Any prohibition to this type of dating arrangement would be found in the institution's pol... read more

What should an RN with several DUI convictions do if he/she has completed a state assistance program but not reported offenses to BON?
Date: Jul 18, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have had several DUI arrests and convictions, all of which were misdemeanors..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sam, It is a little unclear what you are asking in your question. Although you stated that self-reporters to PEER "don't get involved with the board of nursing," you feel you... read more

Is it feasible to work as both a nurse and a lawyer? I am an RN but want to be a lawyer too.
Date: Jul 16, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an RN, but I want to be a lawyer too. I have thought about law school sin..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Adelle, It sounds as though you have many skills that would be helpful if you decide to go to law school and become a nurse lawyer. Your interest in helping people with their... read more

Is there a law to protect employees with chronic health conditions from being fired due to absences or having to leave work early?
Date: Jul 14, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been working at a dialysis facility for almost 23 years, and I have had..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lucinda, It is hoped your long-standing migraines improve so that your professional and personal life improve as well. If you have not seen your physician recently for the mi... read more

If a patient admitted to the hospital is accompanied by a minor child, what is the nurse's versus the hospital's liability for the child?
Date: Jul 11, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, If a patient admitted to the hospital is accompanied by a minor child, what is..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Moria: The situation you raise in your question is indeed a concern. No minor should be left alone in a hospital setting, or any other setting for that manner, without an adu... read more

What is the liability for an NP functioning as an RN?
Date: Jul 9, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a palliative care NP. I was told I will not be a palliative care NP at th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Alicia, The liability you face as an NP practicing as an RN can be complex. As had been stated many times in this column, one does not lose their education and expertise when... read more

What are some options for RNs who are asked to work in departments in which they are not qualified to work?
Date: Jul 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a pediatric ED attached to an adult hospital. We are certified nurse..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Megan, Although no specific advice can be given to you, some general comments can be made about this situation you face. As you know, there are sometimes no easy answers to w... read more

When is a task a medical task versus a nursing task? If an RN trains UAPs on tasks, does the RN become the respondeat superior?
Date: Jul 4, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, When is a task a medical task versus a nursing task? I am unclear as to how th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kelley, There are many legal issues contained in your question so this response will be to only a few of them. You might be wise to consult with a nurse attorney or attorney ... read more

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