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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 who is the target of regular outbursts by one physician at the facility where she works?
Date: Dec 10, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I've worked at the same hospital for 15 years, with 13 years in its ED. One ED..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Mary Lou, This physician needs some time in an anger management program, to say the least. It is unclear why he is targeting you with these outbursts, but they are unacceptab... read more

What are a nurse's legal and ethical options for handling unacceptable discharge plans for a family member?
Date: Dec 8, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My mother was discharged from the hospital. Because I work as a nurse, I know ..
Nancy Brent replies- Justin, Your mother's discharge plan appears not to exist. Moreover, the fact that the nephrologist did not clear her for the discharge is troubling. Who did clear her for leaving... read more

Was it okay for my manager to not follow health-related recommendations about my work schedule from my doctors to the hospital's disability office?
Date: Dec 5, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a floor nurse with generalized anxiety disorder. I take Klonopin to contr..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Mary Carol, First of all, it is disconcerting this kind of situation occurs when one brings up the need for a reasonable accommodation in the workplace. Based on what you hav... read more

Is it worth trying to fight a termination six months after it occured?
Date: Dec 3, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had a medical problem that caused me to exhaust my light duty. Prior to havi..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Estelle, It certainly sounds that your experience after your surgery and during your recovery was quite an ordeal. Your experience also touches on many legal issues, includin... read more

What can care managers do to help patients when a physician's practice makes it difficult for them to make follow up appointments after ED visits and hospital admissions?
Date: Dec 1, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work as an RN care manager for a network that is contracted by our state Med..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Louise, It is unclear why the company for which you work is hesitant to approach the practice you are having difficulties with and whose patients cannot make necessary appoin... read more

Are there ways to gain part-time employment with law firms as a nurse consultant without the legal nurse consultant certification?
Date: Nov 28, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been interested in pursuing my career in law, but paying for law school..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Donna, Although certification as a legal nurse consultant would be valuable, many nurses provide consultation services for law firms without that credential. In either case, ... read more

Is it legal for a nurse to sign as a witness on a consent form faxed from a doctor's office?
Date: Nov 26, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My department has been having issues with consents faxed from doctors' offices..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Abbey, The procedure you describe in your question is one that will most likely create major legal problems if a consent witnessed in this way is ever challenged. First and f... read more

Is it legal for a hospital to withhold information that could implicate the nursing supervisor in a medical malpractice suit?
Date: Nov 24, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it legal for a hospital to withhold information that could implicate the nu..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Robert, Your question is a little vague so it is difficult to understand exactly what you are asking. Some general comments can be made, however. Intentionally withholding in... read more

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