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Brent's Law Advice Column
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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Should I report a physician who screams at me and makes it difficult for me to practice to the medical board?
Date: Apr 22, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an NP working in a small clinic/hospital/ER. There are two physicians; a ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Alicia, You should not have to endure this kind of uncontrolled and unacceptable behavior. Something is very wrong with this entire situation. You did not indicate to whom yo... read more

How can I get a fine removed for allowing my RN license to lapse while working as a health and medical teacher?
Date: Apr 20, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My nursing license lapsed, and I was working as a health and medical teacher. ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Suzanne, You did not indicate how long you were practicing with a lapsed license but you may be able to reduce the amount you were fined based on any mitigating factors. You ... read more

How do I get my license back after losing it for marijuana possession?
Date: Apr 17, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I stopped working in 2004. Since then I lost my license after I was arrested f..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Susan, You will have to petition to have your license restored and this is best done by retaining a nurse attorney or other attorney who can help you with this process, as it... read more

Is it iIlegal to stick someone more than three times when attempting to access a peripheral vein?
Date: Apr 15, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it iIlegal to stick someone more than three times when attempting to access..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kay, A brief review of nursing practice in relation to accessing a peripheral vein did not yield any information concerning your question. Could it be this protocol is one es... read more

Could information about past DWIs block me from becoming a nurse? How far back can the BON look into my history?
Date: Apr 13, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a BSN graduate who is going to take the N-CLEX soon. I was contacted by t..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Claudia, A state board of nursing's responsibility is to administer and enforce the state nurse practice act and rules in order to ensure licensed nurses provide safe and com... read more

What are the legal issues for a nurse who requires a translator to teach home health aides or during patient home visits?
Date: Apr 10, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Given a nurse who requires a translator to teach a home health aide class; if ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Samantha, Although the response to your questions is well beyond the scope of this column, a few general comments can be made. To begin with, there is a difference between a ... read more

How can a nurse with stipulations on his license for an error in reporting get an interview and a job?
Date: Apr 8, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - I was fired from the ICU I had worked in for six years for an error in reporting. The pati..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Brant, You have, and are, experiencing a difficult time in your life, both personally and professionally. Although not easily done, it is important to let any HR department k... read more

What are my options if I do not get an educator position at the facility where I work even though I'm well qualified for the job?
Date: Apr 6, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been employed by an organization for more than 20 years and have always..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ana Lisa, Although you sound discouraged, nothing yet has been decided insofar as the position you would like to fill is concerned. In other words, you may still be in the ru... read more

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