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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Who can help me now that my appeal regarding a wrongful termination has been refused by a former employer?
Date: Feb 1, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was terminated from my job after being put on administrative leave. After on..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Simone, From the description of the events that occurred in this situation, things don't seem quite right in terms of how your facility administration handled your terminatio... read more

Any advice for an RN who tested positive for Tramadol due to a medication mistake after just signing with state RN monitoring program?
Date: Jan 29, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I just signed a contract with a state nurse monitoring program after completin..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Nola, Your situation is a difficult one for you, to be sure. You have done well with your treatment and aftercare thus far. This appears to be, as you said, a careless develo... read more

Should an RNs clinical notes contain exact dosage/frequency/date if that info is captured elsewhere in the agency's computer system?
Date: Jan 27, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an intake RN in a home health agency. I receive various orders from physi..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Josie, The response to your specific question is best answered by seeking advice from your agency's legal counsel or, if that is not possible, from a nurse attorney or attorn... read more

I have a DUI, considered a motor vehicle violation in the state it occured. If moving to a new state, how do I address prior conviction questions?
Date: Jan 24, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, When I was 20 years old I made the mistake of getting a driving under the infl..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Bryana, The ability to move from one state to another to practice nursing is one of the many positive aspects of being a nurse. One of the more difficulty aspects of this sil... read more

is it legal to write an order for a resident at a facility when they are discharged from it and admitted to a hospital or another facility?
Date: Jan 22, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work as a staff RN at a county nursing home. I was written up for a medicati..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Darcy, The situation you describe is one most often faced by many of your nurse colleagues. The issue here is not that the orders were written prior to discharge. Indeed, the... read more

Could a PHNS be liable if another TB case results due to a delay by the lead physician in contacting a school about starting a TB contact investigation?
Date: Jan 20, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Could a Public Health Nurse Supervisor be held liable if another TB case resul..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rose, Your question raises several legal issues. First, it seems odd that a physician would be a gatekeeper of information such as this when there is a real, potential threat... read more

Is it an HIPAA violation for my former employer to release my outpatient drug treatment info to the prosecuting attorney in an unrelated incident?
Date: Jan 13, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was arrested for a crime I did not commit. The prosecuting attorney accessed..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Jennifer, You did not give any details about the crime you were charged with so it is difficult to speculate what possible exceptions to HIPAA might apply to your situation. ... read more

Are there any laws or guidelines stating there should be at least two nurses on a unit to care for patients?
Date: Jan 10, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - I work in a small six-bed, intermediate ICU. Most of the time there are only two nurses on..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rosemary, Your concerns are understandable and you are wise to seek resources for them. One resource you should take advantage of is the American Association of Critical-Care... read more

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