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Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD,'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 a school nurse take care of 4 diabetic students in 3 schools?
Date: Jun 26, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, How does a school nurse care for four diabetic students, who need insulin admi..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Pat, A complete response to your question is beyond the scope of this column. However, generally, there may be many solutions to the problem you raise as the only school nurs... read more

Does RN have a case for unjustifed suspension for failure to document?
Date: Jun 24, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, An LPN I worked with made a medication error. As the RN charge, I helped her b..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Phyllis, It sounds as though the situation you describe in your question was not properly handled. That's unfortunate since doing so might have resulted in less stress on you... read more

What can an RN do if compliance issues exist at a workplace?
Date: Jun 22, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My manager is making me and three other new hires use another nurse's name to ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Carl, Signing in on a computer with another's name, whether by a code, number or actual name, is not acceptable practice legally or ethically under any circumstances. It is e... read more

Do I have to disclose a back injury to prospective employers?
Date: Jun 19, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, While working in the OR seven years ago as a surgical technician, I hurt my ba..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Cassandra, Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you need not disclose your injury to prospective employers, unless you believe you will need to be "reasonably accommoda... read more

What if I cannot get a positive reference from a job from which I was fired?
Date: Jun 17, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was fired after working at a community hospital for 18 years. My concerns ar..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Laurel, Your concerns about what your former employer and human resources will say about you is not something that can be controlled. One would hope that gossip and rumors do... read more

Can a DON decrease a nurse's hours from full-time to part-time work?
Date: Jun 15, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an experienced nurse of 30 years. I got a new position on a Medicare reha..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Suzanne, At the very least, it sounds as though your DON did not share with you her plan about your change of schedule. Whether intentional or otherwise, what you ended up wi... read more

Is it legal for a facility to not post in-house job openings?
Date: Jun 12, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My co-worker and I were hired full-time per diem and later requested full-time..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Abigail, It is difficult to answer your question without more details. First, since it appears you and your friend were not offered the full-time positions, did you raise thi... read more

What chance does an RN with license issues have when seeking a job?
Date: Jun 10, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am planning to go back into nursing after being injured by a psych patient a..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Shelia, With the nursing shortage the profession is facing in the coming years, it would be to your advantage to try and seek employment in nursing. Medical assistants are im... read more

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