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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Can a medical assistant or LPN access implanted central venous catheters at a new job if they've done so at a previous job, or are there liability issues?
Date: Feb 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Can a medical assistant or LPN access implanted central venous catheters? The ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lindsy, For openers, one's declaration that one is competent to do a particular patient procedure is not what counts in a situation. What matters is evidence that the compete... read more

Is my RN license in jeopardy if I've been released from my school nurse position after giving one child another's meds? Do I need an attorney?
Date: Feb 5, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a school nurse who also moonlights at a hospital. I recently made an erro..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Callista, Any time your license may be in jeopardy, you need to retain a nurse attorney or other attorney who practices in the area of regulatory law. When allegations are br... read more

Is a separate order really necessary for every procedure necessitating an IV even though there are physician orders?
Date: Feb 3, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, The Joint Commission came through our facility, and the surveyor requested tha..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Phillip, The answer to your question is probably pretty clear. If the Commission says an order for an IV is required, then it is necessary. Without the Commission's accredita... read more

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

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