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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Was I out of line to tell a physician about a patient with a history of substance abuse? Can I be sued for slander?
Date: Mar 31, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a case manager for a home care company. I was contacted by the spouse of ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rhoda, From what you reported in your question, it sounds as though your concern about the patient and the effects of any problems when stopping his pain medications was well... read more

What can an RN do if she has been terminated from employment based on false allegations?
Date: Mar 28, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - I was terminated from my place of employment based on some false allegations including tha..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Carolyn, Because your union representative already has told you that the supervisor would not eliminate what you asked from the termination letter, your next recourse would b... read more

I am wondering is there any benefit in having 2 malpractice insurances or does it put one at higher risk having additional coverage?
Date: Mar 26, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a nurse practitioner covered for malpractice insurance through my company..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Harriet, The topic of professional liability insurance has many pros and cons depending on with whom you speak. Some general comments can be made here, but the decision to ca... read more

Will having an old misdemeanor for possession of marijuana affect my job search once I finish nursing school?
Date: Mar 24, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Will having an old misdemeanor for possession of marijuana affect my job searc..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Stefan, It is difficult to predict what might happen once you graduate and start looking for a job given your misdemeanor conviction. Most employers do criminal background ch... read more

How should a seasoned RN with an outstanding record handle allegations of not maintaining a home health agency's equipment?
Date: Mar 21, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had a supervisory position for three hours a week for a home health agency. ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Helene, It is unfortunate you have found yourself in this situation. However, you need to be proactive in defending yourself against the allegation(s) that was reported to th... read more

Does an RN need a medical order to collect a urine sample for a drug screening test?
Date: Mar 19, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Do I need a medical order to collect a urine sample for screening a drug test? Ruby Nancy ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ruby, Your question is difficult to respond to due to a lack of details, but some general comments can be made. Initially, an RN cannot order tests without a physician, an ad... read more

What can an RN do after losing his or her job when a patient falsely accuses him or her of abuse?
Date: Mar 17, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I just had a patient falsely accuse me of saying something "abusive." The comp..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Salina, You are in a difficult situation because there is little documentation about this patient's prior behavior. Morever, since you have been reported to a state agency (y... read more

Is it grounds for dismissal if an RN physically is unable to keep up with the stopwatch during a CPR refresher/recertification class?
Date: Mar 14, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was physically unable to keep up with the stopwatch when I took my CPR refre..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Naomi, It is difficult to respond to your question without more details, but a few comments can be made. First, and foremost, is the importance of healthcare staff being comp... read more

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