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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 nurse be held liable for a recommendation she makes to a physician about wound care?
Date: Nov 10, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In this scenario can a nurse be held liable for a recommendation she makes abo..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Joanne, Generally speaking, it is a physician or an advanced practice nurse who orders wound care. However, in some instances, it is possible a physician or advanced practice... read more

Who is at fault if an elderly patient falls trying go to the bathroom by herself because the bedside commode requested was never brought to her?
Date: Nov 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, A charge nurse on busy med/surg floor answered a call bell to see about an IV ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Jeanette, As the RN in this scenario, you are ultimately responsible for the care to patients to whom you are assigned or to whom you owe charge nurse responsibilities. Altho... read more

Is a nursing home able to blame nurses for falls when inadequate staffing also is an issue?
Date: Nov 5, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is a nursing home able to blame nurses for falls when there is inadequate staf..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Luis, When a patient is injured and a lawsuit follows, everyone tries to point the finger of blame to the other defendants named in the suit. In this situation, it is assumed... read more

Who can a nurse speak with at the hospital where she used to work about getting paid money she believes she is owed?
Date: Nov 3, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I worked at one facility, where another nurse and I alternated charge duty. We..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Susan, It is unclear from your question whether you were verbally offered $1 per hour more for charge duty over and above your hourly rate of salary or whether through some u... read more

Should an RN supervisor take her manager's name off a discipline report after the reprimanded nurse signed the documentation?
Date: Oct 31, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a nurse supervisor and had to discipline another nurse for a med error. I..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Richard, It would seem if your nurse manager was unhappy with your discipline of the nurse who made the med error, she could have voiced her concern at the time and not been ... read more

Can RNs refuse to show prospective employers documentation that would divulge their age?
Date: Oct 29, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - I will be 63 in April and find myself in the unenviable position of looking for work. I th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Helen, You are correct in stating it is unlawful to discriminate against an individual in not hiring, firing, not providing bonuses and in not promoting an individual solely ... read more

Should a new nurse who was not given any feedback on her performance and then terminated consult an attorney?
Date: Oct 27, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - I was recently terminated from my position as an RN at an outpatient department. I was in ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kay, It is unclear why you did not receive the 30--day evaluation the handbook stated you were to receive, so this might be a help to you if you decide to contact a nurse att... read more

Will a nurse with a DWI in one state where the DWI is not considered a felony be prevented from getting a license in another state?
Date: Oct 24, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, When I was 20 years old, I made the mistake of getting a DWI in a state in whi..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Jane, Your best bet would be to contact a nurse attorney or other attorney in the state where you want to move and get specific advice about how you need to handle the applic... read more

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