Brent's Law
Brent's Law Advice Column
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 resource is available on the process of obtaining passcodes to EHR and legal issues that arise when passcodes are not readily available?
Date: Oct 1, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, As a manager I have been frustrated with the process of obtaining passcodes to..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ray, Working with electronic medical records and providing strict confidentiality of the information in those records is difficult at times, but very necessary. As you know, ... read more

My agency took me off a case involving a client's dad who wanted me to falsify my nursing notes. What should I do?
Date: Sep 29, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work for a homecare nursing agency. A client's dad became upset with me beca..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Annalynn, You did not indicate why the agency took you off the case, but it is assumed it was due to the family member complaining to the agency about you. Although it appear... read more

Will a conviction for a DUI automatically cause a suspension and/or a revocation of license?
Date: Sep 26, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In my state, will a conviction for a DUI automatically cause a suspension and/..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Paul, Your question is an important one for you to have answered, and the best way to secure a specific answer is to consult with a nurse attorney or attorney in your state w... read more

I suspect one or both of my previous employers, who I reported, are saying derogatory things about me. Do I have any recourse here?
Date: Sep 24, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, After I started a new job, my employer switched my hours to an excessive amoun..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ruth, It is very difficult to find out what previous employers might be saying unless you are lucky enough to have a colleague or friend tell you about false information that... read more

Can a hospital change a shift's hours and give us a 1-hour lunch, but pay us for only half an hour?
Date: Sep 22, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at a small hospital. We were all notified with a lette..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Melissa, Your break time and how much of it will be paid is governed by your state law. A consultation with a nurse attorney or other attorney in your state would obtain answ... read more

Should I be worried that my patient, who was confused and at high-risk for falls, fell out of a chair during my shift?
Date: Sep 19, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My patient fell when she got out of a chair. She was confused. She broke her h..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Melva, When a patient is injured under your care, it is a worrisome event. It is impossible to speak to your liability or potential liability for the patient's fall. It would... read more

Does an RN need to carry liability coverage for occasional volunteer activities or responding to inquiries for healthcare advice?
Date: Sep 17, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In one of your previous responses, you answered an excellent question about nu..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Justine, Generally speaking, most states have laws providing immunity from suit for volunteers who work in the settings you describe. The protection may be part of the state ... read more

Does an RN who was fired for placing a PICC line in the same arm where a patient had a shoulder joint infection have any recourse for being fired?
Date: Sep 15, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a PICC nurse with a CRNI. A colleague was fired because she placed a PICC..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Marilyn, As you know, one of the complications of a PICC line can be infection. If one develops, the infection can easily spread into the blood stream causing a severe infect... read more

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