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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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Legal columnist Dear Nancy is on holiday hiatus
Date: Dec 22, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Nurse.com's legal columnist Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 ..
Nancy Brent replies- 's legal columnist Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Her columns will resume Monday, Jan. 5. Please continue to send your questions so N... read more

Is it OK for a physician to dispense meds in a cup with no written instructions as to what it is or how to take it upon patient discharge?
Date: Dec 19, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In dispensing meds upon discharge of a patient from a mental health unit where..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Maggie, The practice you describe when patients are discharged from your mental health facility is not consistent with standards of practice for medication preparation upon d... read more

What recourse do RNs have on working with a manager who was sent elsewhere for a while after being caught encouraging false documentation?
Date: Dec 17, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a staff RN in MICU. We had a nurse manager who was removed from her posit..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Charlotte, It sounds as if the nurse manager has good friends in high places at your facility. In most facilities, a person like this would be terminated, reported to the boa... read more

What recourse do RNs working in telehealth have if the company they work for reimburses them for licensure in 18 states but not the others?
Date: Dec 15, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am writing to you on behalf of our collective team. We have read some of you..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Carolyn, There is no doubt, as you have discovered with your research and by contacting several boards of nursing, one cannot practice nursing in a state in which one does no... read more

What recourse does an RN on a rehab unit have if accused by the DON of not giving pain meds even when it's tracked in the MAR?
Date: Dec 12, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a nurse on a rehab unit. I work midnights. Lately my director of nursing ..
Nancy Brent replies- Colette, It sounds as though your director of nursing has targeted you for some reason. First of all, it seems most disconcerting she would accuse you of not giving medications wh... read more

What can an RN do who is the target of regular outbursts by one physician at the facility where she works?
Date: Dec 10, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I've worked at the same hospital for 15 years, with 13 years in its ED. One ED..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Mary Lou, This physician needs some time in an anger management program, to say the least. It is unclear why he is targeting you with these outbursts, but they are unacceptab... read more

What are a nurse's legal and ethical options for handling unacceptable discharge plans for a family member?
Date: Dec 8, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My mother was discharged from the hospital. Because I work as a nurse, I know ..
Nancy Brent replies- Justin, Your mother's discharge plan appears not to exist. Moreover, the fact that the nephrologist did not clear her for the discharge is troubling. Who did clear her for leaving... read more

Was it okay for my manager to not follow health-related recommendations about my work schedule from my doctors to the hospital's disability office?
Date: Dec 5, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a floor nurse with generalized anxiety disorder. I take Klonopin to contr..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Mary Carol, First of all, it is disconcerting this kind of situation occurs when one brings up the need for a reasonable accommodation in the workplace. Based on what you hav... read more

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