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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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Could the fact that my boss at an insurance underwriting company is not a nurse be a problem? I am a utilization review nurse.
Date: Oct 22, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work as a utilization review nurse for an insurance underwriting company. My..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Margot, In a perfect world, your supervisor would be a nurse. In today's healthcare environment, innovation, change and new organizational structures have resulted in nurses ... read more

What can a nurse do if a co-worker changes the documentation time in her patient's medical records?
Date: Oct 20, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work 3-11 on a 21-bed locked mental health unit. About a month ago I noticed..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Mary Sue, It's unclear what would be the motivation for this co-worker to change your documentation, but it is of concern. You were right to report it to your nurse manager a... read more

Can a nurse who has been at a job for six weeks be terminated if she has not been given the proper training?
Date: Oct 17, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a new LPN. My first and current job is working as a LPN supervisor at an ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Liza, Without knowing more, you need to seek the specific advice of a nurse attorney or other attorney in your state who works with employees. What is not known from your que... read more

Can a nurse provide education over the phone to an insurance company member who does not live in the state where the nurse is licensed?
Date: Oct 15, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work for an insurance company as a disease case manager. This includes membe..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Frank, The general rule with nursing practice that crosses state boundaries is if you are practicing nursing in any state, you need a license in that state. Patient education... read more

Can I defend myself on charges brought by a former employer? What are the chances of keeping my license with penalities against me?
Date: Oct 13, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In August 2013, I was terminated from employment for a positive drug test resu..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Penny, The situation with your former employer and board of nursing problems has been ongoing for some time. Although it seems strange the board would take this long to come ... read more

Is there anything a CNA instructor can do to ensure a belligerent student does not become licensed despite good grades?
Date: Oct 10, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy I was recently hired as a clinical instructor for a high school level CNA progr..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sybil, This student sounds like she may not have the personality or professionalism to be a CNA, despite her satisfactory skill levels and high grades. Not everyone is suited... read more

What can an LVN do if fired after a cardiologist did not refill a med for a home health patient? The LVN informed the agency of the med issue.
Date: Oct 8, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an LVN. Another nurse and I were fired today due to a med error. We worke..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Angie, You would do well to retain a nurse attorney or attorney in your state who defends nurse licensees before the board of nursing. You did not indicate if the other perso... read more

What is my responsibility if a home care patient refuses to go to the ED?
Date: Oct 6, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I experienced a very disturbing incident following a recent home care visit. I..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Isabella, This home situation sounds quite difficult for you to provide the care needed for this patient. First of all, the patient supposedly has dementia, but this is a con... read more

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