Brent's Law
Brent's Law Advice Column
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 I do if fired under false pretenses for practicing without a license?
Date: Jun 8, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in an at-will state. My job was in a private psychiatric residential fa..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Francine, An at-will employee in an at-will state simply means the employer can fire that employee for a reason or for no reason. The same is true for employees: They theoret... read more

Can RN malpractice insurance cover registered psychotherapist practice?
Date: Jun 5, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a licensed RN in two states and am also a student in a counseling psychol..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ella, Your idea of combining your professional skills and education sounds interesting. However, to ensure it is consistent with your state's various statutes that would gove... read more

What are RN's rights when not oriented and asked to float to a unit?
Date: Jun 3, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What are my rights when asked to float to a unit if I was not oriented there? ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Olivia, If your facility policy says you must have an orientation on a unit you are being floated to, you should raise the issue with the person who is asking you to float wi... read more

Should I speak with the attorney about a malpractice suit?
Date: Jun 1, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been called by an attorney about a malpractice suit against a physician..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Laurel, It is difficult to respond to your question without more details. Therefore, the best approach for you to take is to contact a nurse attorney or other attorney in you... read more

Should I report a year-old DUI to the BON?
Date: May 29, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Last year I was arrested for my first DUI. I went to court and pleaded guilty ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Stella, Good for you for working with your treatment plan and successfully completing it. Insofar as whether you should contact your state board of nursing and your employer,... read more

Is it legal for RNs to write verbal orders for patients before an NP reviews and signs off on the orders?
Date: May 27, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, At the hospital where I work, nurses write orders for patients returning back ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Bonnie, The practice you describe is not consistent with what should be done in this type of situation. To begin with, as an RN, and not an advanced practice nurse, you shoul... read more

Can occupational health RN clarify orders via telephone?
Date: May 25, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an occupational health nurse and I have a question regards to documentati..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Scott, Based on your description of how you handle calling a physician for clarification of a vague order, there should be no problem with it in terms of meeting standards of... read more

Was I right to refuse to give meds earlier than due?
Date: May 22, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was working night shift as the medication nurse on my unit. When it came tim..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Taylor, Your refusal to give the medications as requested by your nurse manager was the correct decision. You were guided by two important guidelines on the issue: your facil... read more

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