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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 there a way for a seasoned cosmetic injector to get around a new law that would prevent RNs from injecting Botox or fillers?
Date: Oct 2, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been an RN for more than 36 years and have worked in a plastic surgery ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Christine, When new regulatory laws are passed that may affect those who have been practicing in a particular area for a period of time, "grandfathering" often occurs. It wou... read more

Is it legal for a hospital to require all nurses to clock out for lunch within a two-hour timespan even though some are too busy at that time?
Date: Sep 27, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, The hospital where I work recently required all nurses to clock out before noo..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sandra, It is not clear why your employer is asking that all nurses clock out before noon for lunch. What is clear, however, is the fact the policy only can be adhered to if ... read more

What is my liability as a DON at a home healthcare company in teaching the wife of comatose patient to administer meds and eye drops?
Date: Sep 25, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am the director of nursing at a home healthcare company that provides mostly..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Celeste, The purpose of home healthcare for any patient is to have the family as involved as possible in the care of the patient in order to lessen necessary visits to the ho... read more

Could you ask your readers to contact their legislators to tell them that workplace bullying is wrong?
Date: Sep 23, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I found an excellent site on the Internet regarding ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Matilda, Thank you for sharing your experiences with being bullied and providing a website that you have found helpful. There is a wealth of information on the Internet about... read more

Can a school nurse administer glucagon to an unconscious and known diabetic faculty or staff person without a doctor's order?
Date: Sep 20, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a school nurse practicing in a large public high school. Can I administer..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Georgiana, Your job description is a good place to start in order to determine exactly what your responsibilities are as a school nurse when there is an emergency that involv... read more

Is it a violation to post a Facebook picture of a nursing home resident?
Date: Sep 18, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it a violation to post a Facebook picture of a nursing home resident? Ava N..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ava, The subject of posting patient pictures on any social media website has been the subject of several responses in this column in the past so you may want to review those ... read more

Do I have any recourse if I and other nurses are told to go home early every day but our nurse manager gets OT every pay period?
Date: Sep 16, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, We as RNs are told every day to go home early. But the nurse manager happens t..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Joe, The hospital's attempt to save money by sending RNs home early may backfire at some point in the future. It is short-sighted to think that sending staff nurses home will... read more

What can I expect now that I've taken an unfair nursing practices issue to others within the facility after my supervisor did not take any action?
Date: Sep 13, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What happens when you are faced with making an ethical decision in the nursing..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Meg, Initially, it should be said that you were right in raising your concerns about the elderly patients you care for in the facility in which you work. Although you did not... read more

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