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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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What can a new RN applicant do to help herself get an RN license if terminated from LPN position for violating the dignity of a patient?
Date: Feb 11, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - DN31115 ASAP Dear Nancy, I am a licensed LPN and pending RN applicant. I have been license..
Nancy Brent replies- Agnes, All of us have made errors in judgment that have affected our professional lives in some way. It sounds as though you have quite a bit of insight into your actions and it s... read more

Is there any legal recourse for experienced RNs who were fired or forced to resign because of high salaries?
Date: Feb 9, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is there any legal recourse for experienced RNs who were fired or forced to re..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Molly, It is hard to comment on the situation you describe without more details. Given what you have submitted, however, the actions of management seem harsh, at the very lea... read more

Could an RN who was in the ED with chest pain at the facility where she works get in trouble for asking a colleague to look up her lab work?
Date: Feb 6, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was in the ED at the hospital where I work because I was having chest pain. ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lillee: The situation you describe in your question really got out of hand, both legally and ethically. Any information in your medical record is your information and you hav... read more

Is mandatory overtime for nurses legal?
Date: Feb 4, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is mandatory overtime for nurses legal? JoEllyn Nancy Brent replies: Dear JoEl..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear JoEllyn, Mandatory overtime has been, and still is, a very controversial issue. When mandatory overtime exists, research has indicated it contributes to nursing staff fatigue... read more

What can I do if I think a former employer is preventing potential employers from hiring me?
Date: Feb 2, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What can I do if I think a former employer is preventing potential employers f..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lois, You didn't include any details about why you think your former employer is preventing potential new employers from hiring you. Thinking the former employer is doing or ... read more

Can self-employed LPNs do wound and ostomy care on their own, or do they need orders from a doctor?
Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an LPN and would like to be self-employed within the scope of my nursing ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Heather, Your ability to practice as a self-employed LPN is a wonderful goal to reach for, and with the proper supervision, your care can be a great asset to the community in... read more

What can an experienced nurse with an old criminal background do if she cannot find a job?
Date: Jan 28, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had an eight-year-old criminal background before I went to nursing school an..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Colleen, You should be commended for completing the requirements you needed to get into nursing. It is unclear why all of a sudden you are having difficulties finding a job. ... read more

Does a palliative NP making recommendations for pain meds need prescriptive authority from a physician?
Date: Jan 26, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am working as palliative nurse practitioner for a hospice and palliative car..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ava, The response to your question can only be found by reviewing your nurse practice act and rules to determine what the scope of your advanced practice nursing is, and whet... read more

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