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Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, Nurse.com'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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If a patient admitted to the hospital is accompanied by a minor child, what is the nurse's versus the hospital's liability for the child?
Date: Jul 11, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, If a patient admitted to the hospital is accompanied by a minor child, what is..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Moria: The situation you raise in your question is indeed a concern. No minor should be left alone in a hospital setting, or any other setting for that manner, without an adu... read more

What is the liability for an NP functioning as an RN?
Date: Jul 9, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a palliative care NP. I was told I will not be a palliative care NP at th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Alicia, The liability you face as an NP practicing as an RN can be complex. As had been stated many times in this column, one does not lose their education and expertise when... read more

What are some options for RNs who are asked to work in departments in which they are not qualified to work?
Date: Jul 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a pediatric ED attached to an adult hospital. We are certified nurse..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Megan, Although no specific advice can be given to you, some general comments can be made about this situation you face. As you know, there are sometimes no easy answers to w... read more

When is a task a medical task versus a nursing task? If an RN trains UAPs on tasks, does the RN become the respondeat superior?
Date: Jul 4, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, When is a task a medical task versus a nursing task? I am unclear as to how th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kelley, There are many legal issues contained in your question so this response will be to only a few of them. You might be wise to consult with a nurse attorney or attorney ... read more

Can an RN who stopped working 14 years ago due to prescription medication abuse and diversion hope to work as an RN again?
Date: Jul 2, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I stopped practicing in 2000 due to prescription medication abuse and diversio..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Maxine, Re-entry into the workforce is always a challenge. This is especially so after a lot of time has passed since leaving work. In addition, the reason you left is also a... read more

What can an RN do if she feels emotionally harassed by a doctor?
Date: Jun 30, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What can an RN do if she feels emotionally harassed by a doctor? Kara Nancy Br..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kara, No worker should have to withstand harassment, whether emotional or otherwise, from a co-worker, a physician or any other staff member or employee. You did not share th... read more

Is it true that once I clock in at work, I am legally responsible to my patients even though I have not been given report on them?
Date: Jun 27, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My former manager insisted that once I clocked in, I am legally responsible to..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Marilee, Although there may be more to the situation than you describe in your question, generally speaking, once an employee, including a nurse, clocks in for his or her shi... read more

What options does an RN have who was terminated from employment while on medical leave and now cannot seem to be rehired at that facility?
Date: Jun 25, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was on medical leave for surgery and my doctor extended my leave because of ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Samantha, Your question raises many issues not addressed in your description. For example, it is unclear why your employer terminated you while on medical leave. What were th... read more

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