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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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What can an RN do if she feels emotionally harassed by a doctor?
Date: Jun 30, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What can an RN do if she feels emotionally harassed by a doctor? Kara Nancy Br..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kara, No worker should have to withstand harassment, whether emotional or otherwise, from a co-worker, a physician or any other staff member or employee. You did not share th... read more

Is it true that once I clock in at work, I am legally responsible to my patients even though I have not been given report on them?
Date: Jun 27, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My former manager insisted that once I clocked in, I am legally responsible to..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Marilee, Although there may be more to the situation than you describe in your question, generally speaking, once an employee, including a nurse, clocks in for his or her shi... read more

What options does an RN have who was terminated from employment while on medical leave and now cannot seem to be rehired at that facility?
Date: Jun 25, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was on medical leave for surgery and my doctor extended my leave because of ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Samantha, Your question raises many issues not addressed in your description. For example, it is unclear why your employer terminated you while on medical leave. What were th... read more

Is it OK for charge nurses/nurse managers to cancel or reschedule certain pieces of patient documentation, and sometimes to do so from home?
Date: Jun 23, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a hospital that uses electronic documentation. Once assigned a group..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Frank, Without more detail, the practice of canceling or rescheduling certain pieces of documentation by some charge nurses and the nurse manager sounds a little odd. What ar... read more

What recourse does an RN have when their license is temporarily suspended during an investigation of having spoken harshly to a patient?
Date: Jun 20, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was accused this week of speaking harshly to a patient, and the incident is ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Casey, It is assumed your employer is following its policy concerning abuse. An investigation is necessary in order to ensure the accuracy of what happened. If the investigat... read more

What's an RN to do when their license report contains false statements that cause facilities to not hire him/her?
Date: Jun 18, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My RN license was suspended, and I got it back after a month. I am working in ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Andy, One of the unfortunate consequences of being disciplined by a state board of nursing is the reality that at times it may be difficult to be hired in that or another sta... read more

Should a school RN, who is employed by the local board of education in a non-public high school, carry malpractice insurance?
Date: Jun 16, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a school nurse with RN, BSN, CPN credentials who is employed by the local..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Marilyn, It has always been my position that nurses should carry their own professional liability insurance. Doing so is important as you are a professional and should not be... read more

Can an RN in an employee-sponsored clinic provide services ordered on a prescription or letterhead without working with ordering physician?
Date: Jun 13, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In an employer-sponsored clinic, if a nurse does not have a professional worki..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Brianna, Your question does not contain a lot of factors that might help with a more detailed response, so some general comments will be made. It is unclear what you mean by ... read more

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