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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 can an RN do when charged of taking a patient's property by the BON because of a false accusation about wasting a patient's medication?
Date: Mar 25, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am being investigated because a nurse I work with said she saw me waste a na..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Joe, In sounds as though your case before the board of nursing will focus on what the nurse said she did not see. It is a little curious that the nurse initially said she wit... read more

Can a nurse on disability for several months file for unemployment benefits if her employer hired a replacement?
Date: Mar 23, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, After working for 13 months for an oncology practice, I needed to have my knee..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Betty, Unemployment statutes can vary from state to state, so only general comments can be made here. Unemployment benefits exist to help former employees who are no longer w... read more

Does a nurse need a medical order to collect a urine sample for a drug screening test?
Date: Mar 20, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Do I need a medical order to collect a urine sample for a drug screening test?..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Moria, Your question lacks any details to help with a response. So, some general comments will be made. The setting in which you work might make a difference in obtaining a u... read more

Can the BON take my license away for abandonment even if the agency owner said I could leave my post before the relief nurse showed up?
Date: Mar 18, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I worked for a home care agency on a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. I was asked to st..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sharon. It sounds as though someone at the agency did not provided you with the correct information about your leaving the work assignment before the relief nurse showed up f... read more

I am wondering if the BON's actions are right for a nurse testing positive for marijuana one time?
Date: Mar 16, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I'm an LPN. I had to take a drug test for work because some Vicodin came up mi..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kitty, Your employer's drug testing policy and zero tolerance for any positive drug screen, including a street drug like marijuana, has resulted in a difficult situation for ... read more

What are the legal ramifications, if any, for a nurse who gives assistance when asked by the crew on an international flight?
Date: Mar 13, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, On my last two international flights the crew asked for help from a doctor or ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rosalee, Generally, in the U.S., state Good Samaritan laws protect you from liability when you render assistance at the scene of an accident or in an emergency unless your co... read more

What can a new RN applicant do to help herself get an RN license if terminated from LPN position for violating the dignity of a patient?
Date: Mar 11, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a licensed LPN and pending RN applicant. I have been licensed as an LPN f..
Nancy Brent replies- Agnes, All of us have made errors in judgment that have affected our professional lives in some way. It sounds as though you have quite a bit of insight into your actions and it s... read more

Can a facility's administration force nurses to take the flu vaccine? What are my rights?
Date: Mar 9, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was wondering if a facility's administration can force nurses to take the fl..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Tracey, Your question raises many legal and ethical issues that cannot be easily responded to in this column. However, some general comments can be made. Ethically, when a nu... read more

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