Brent's Law
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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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How can I get a state board to remove a disciplinary action on my name from NURSYS?
Date: Aug 27, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was a nurse manager in 2004 at a facility where there was a drug addicted ph..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lois, You certainly have been through a lot with this incident that occurred in 2004 and is still haunting you. Unfortunately, once something is placed in a national database... read more

Is it legal for a nurse to take a hospitalized patient off of Diprivan for a few seconds to get their consent for treatment?
Date: Aug 25, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My father was on Diprivan in the hospital. While I was speaking with the docto..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Matty, Informed consent is an involved process and you might want to review some of the previous responses in this column dealing with informed consent. Your question centers... read more

Can a school nurse check a child's blood glucose if the child has not been diagnosed with diabetes?
Date: Aug 22, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, As a school nurse, can I check a child's blood glucose if the child has not be..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ruth, As a school nurse, if a child you are responsible for as the school nurse appears to be in a hypoglycemic state - and you can observe signs and symptoms - this is a pot... read more

I have to go before the board of nursing after resigning from my job when accused of stealing a patient's call bell. What's my next step?
Date: Aug 20, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been a nurse for 20 years and have never had any problems. I resigned f..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Eddy, It is assumed what you mean by you were accused of "taking the patient's call bell" from his bed is you removed it so the patient had no means to ring for help from the... read more

Am I responsible if something goes wrong with an ICU patient, who is being cared for by an LPN?
Date: Aug 18, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a busy ICU with a very high acuity of patient care. We have an LPN w..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ruth, An employer is free to hire LPNs if it chooses to, as long as the LPN practices within his or her scope of practice, which is defined by the state nurse practice act an... read more

In legal terms who is ultimately accountable if patient harm or death occurs if respiratory therapy regularly overrides RN judgment?
Date: Aug 15, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a charge nurse/shift supervisor of a rural hospital. We have respiratory ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Helga, Although the respiratory therapist is the expert in relation to respiratory therapy, you are the expert in the practice of nursing. You did not specify how your rural ... read more

Is it patient abandonment if a surgeon, also the owner of a facility, forces an RN to leave the OR before transferring a patient to the PACU?
Date: Aug 13, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it considered patient abandonment if a surgeon, who is also the owner of th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear May, You did not indicate what your role was in the OR (e.g., assisting during surgery, circulating nurse, nurse anesthetist). What your role was would help clarify your obli... read more

Does a 61-year-old RN, with an unblemished record, have a case for age discrimination after being terminated based on false accusations?
Date: Aug 11, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy I am 61 years old. I have worked 26 years for a hospital and have had excellent..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sara, Your firing needs to be evaluated by a nurse attorney or attorney who practices employment law and represents employees. The details you shared in your question may sug... read more

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