Brent's Law
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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Can occupational health RN clarify orders via telephone?
Date: May 25, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an occupational health nurse and I have a question regards to documentati..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Scott, Based on your description of how you handle calling a physician for clarification of a vague order, there should be no problem with it in terms of meeting standards of... read more

Was I right to refuse to give meds earlier than due?
Date: May 22, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was working night shift as the medication nurse on my unit. When it came tim..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Taylor, Your refusal to give the medications as requested by your nurse manager was the correct decision. You were guided by two important guidelines on the issue: your facil... read more

Is overtime pay for RNs required at a privately owned facility?
Date: May 20, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am working as a nurse in two privately owned dialysis clinics. One of the cl..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kerry, There are many legal issues you raise in your questions. The first is the issue of overtime pay. It is not possible to specifically answer this issue, since many facto... read more

What can I do to make a facility where I worked for a brief period safe for patients? How can I defend my good reputation?
Date: May 18, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I started with a new employer and was sickened by what I saw. There were numer..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Janet, Your efforts to change the situations in your facility internally have not worked. It is unfortunate when administration does not take advantage of the chance to impro... read more

What can an RN do if singled out to float to other units?
Date: May 15, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been employed at a facility since 1995 as an LPN. I resigned as unit ma..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Benjamin, It sounds as though you have been a long-standing employee and your clinical skills are highly regarded. Perhaps this is one reason why you are being asked to float... read more

Is it legal for a nurse to test fellow employees for TB per a state mandate, but without a doctor's order?
Date: Apr 27, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work for a therapeutic group home, where all employees are required under th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Keely, It is assumed that if the nurse giving the PPD test and reading it where you work is certified by the state department of health that there is either a waiver of the n... read more

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

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