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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Can self-employed LPNs do wound and ostomy care on their own, or do they need orders from a doctor?
Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an LPN and would like to be self-employed within the scope of my nursing ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Heather, Your ability to practice as a self-employed LPN is a wonderful goal to reach for, and with the proper supervision, your care can be a great asset to the community in... read more

What can an experienced nurse with an old criminal background do if she cannot find a job?
Date: Jan 28, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had an eight-year-old criminal background before I went to nursing school an..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Colleen, You should be commended for completing the requirements you needed to get into nursing. It is unclear why all of a sudden you are having difficulties finding a job. ... read more

Does a palliative NP making recommendations for pain meds need prescriptive authority from a physician?
Date: Jan 26, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am working as palliative nurse practitioner for a hospice and palliative car..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ava, The response to your question can only be found by reviewing your nurse practice act and rules to determine what the scope of your advanced practice nursing is, and whet... read more

Can an echocardiographer who was appointed by the director of my department manage and evaluate RNs?
Date: Jan 23, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Can an echocardiographer who was appointed by the director of my department ma..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Darlene, Your question raises some inquiries needing answers before a response is possible. Are you performing echo sonography at your facility? Did you undergo training to b... read more

What can a nurse do about formal charges from the board of nursing?
Date: Jan 21, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What can I do about formal charges from the board of nursing? Geraldine Nancy ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Geraldine, It is assumed by formal charges you mean the board of nursing has filed a formal complaint against you and there will be a hearing before a hearing officer. There ... read more

Is it ethical or professional for a respiratory therapist to chair the clinical ladder council at a hospital?
Date: Jan 19, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, The clinical ladder council at our hospital is in need of a chairman and the C..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Colleen, It is difficult to respond to your question without more information about the clinical ladder at your facility. As examples, does the ladder include just nurses or ... read more

Is there recourse for an RN who was terminated because she asked to have a withness while completing an admission assessment?
Date: Jan 16, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was terminated from a facility because I asked to have assistance in complet..
Nancy Brent replies- y, I was terminated from a facility because I asked to have assistance in completing an admission assessment that I had to stop because the patient being verbally abusive and yelli... read more

What do I need to do if I want to report a nurse manager for falsifying patient documentation? is there a time limit to report such conduct?
Date: Jan 14, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What do I need to do if I want to report a nurse manager for her unprofessiona..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Luke, One way you can deal with the nurse manager's conduct is reporting her to the state board of nursing. If you decide to do so, you should first read the state nurse prac... read more

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