Brent's Law
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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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Is it legal for a facility to pay RNs working a 12-hour shift a rate of pay based on the shift comprising the bulk of their working hours?
Date: May 9, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I recently started a new job where the nurses work 12-hour shifts. We are paid..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Andrea, The description of the payment arrangement your facility has for day and evening 12 hour shifts is unusual. However, you did not mention if the facility was unionized... read more

What can a nurse do to change the reprimand status on her nursing license so she can work as a nurse again?
Date: May 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been unable to get a job as an LPN for almost two years due to a prior ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Agatha, The collateral impacts of a discipline by a board of nursing are numerous and your difficulty in getting a job may be one of them. Unfortunately, many employers view ... read more

Does an RN who rescinds her resignation after a work-related injury have any recourse if the facility continues with the original resignation request?
Date: May 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had emailed my two-week notice to my manager, and he requested I send him a ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Audrey, The situation you describe in your question is confusing. It sounds as though you are getting mixed messages from your employer and its employees. It would be difficu... read more

Can you help me find information about self-employment in home health nursing in my state?
Date: May 2, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I became licensed as an RN 10 months ago and have had trouble finding employme..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Helga, Your business idea sounds like a good one and although it will require a lot of work to get it up and running, it should go well for you once it is established. You mi... read more

Is the hospital I resigned on good terms from years ago still responsible to legally defend me against charges in a malpractice case?
Date: Apr 30, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I resigned on good terms many years ago from a hospital but recently have been..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Luis, It is difficult to respond to your question without knowing the details of the professional liability insurance policy that covered you when you were an employee at the... read more

Is it legal for a supervisor to increase the hours an RN has to work if that RN was hired to work a shorter number of hours of work per week?
Date: Apr 28, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My boss increased my hours from 32 hours per week to 40 hours per week a few w..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Brooke, You did not mention if you had a contract of employment to work the 32 hours per week schedule and for how long that agreement would be in place. Since contracts of e... read more

Is it acceptable for an RN and an anesthesiologist who are engaged to work together in the OR?
Date: Apr 25, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in an operating room where a nurse and an anesthesiologist who are enga..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ida, Your question did not indicate what the OR staff found inappropriate about the engagement of the nurse and the anesthesiologist, and it is assumed that the facility does... read more

Is it legal for a facility to force evening shift RNs to work over their regular hours and until all MARs are completed?
Date: Apr 23, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a rehab/long-term care facility that makes the evening shift nurses ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Darien, First, it should be noted the MARs in your facility should be concurrent and complete at the end of each shift. It is unclear what staff is being asked to do to compl... read more

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