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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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Could an RN license keep employers from hiring a nurse who wants to work in other areas she's certified in, such as phlebotomy or ECG?
Date: Feb 18, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I hold an RN license but have not worked in nursing for 20 years. I am a certi..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear MaryJo, It is difficult to speculate why you are not being hired for either of the two positions you are certified in and ready and willing to fill. Your RN license should no... read more

What are some options for RNs working in a pediatric ED attached to an adult hospital, who are being asked to work outside their competencies?
Date: Feb 16, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a pediatric ED attached to an adult hospital. We are certified nurse..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Maureen, As you know, as a nurse licensee, you are accountable and responsible for any patient care given. As a result, it is up to you to determine if you are competent and ... read more

Can an RN who wants to dispute a positive drug test before the board of nursing do so alone?
Date: Feb 13, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was turned into the board of nursing for a positive drug test, but I have ne..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Esther, If the urine test was truly negative, you would not be the first person to have a false positive with such a test. There are many potential problems with urine testin... read more

Is there is a law that prevents hospitals and nursing homes from hiring an RN who has had a felony conviction and or discipline from the state?
Date: Feb 11, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is there is a law that prevents hospitals and nursing homes from hiring an RN ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Molly, Although you did not give any details about your situation, some general comments can be made. Despite a compliance with required mandates from a state board of nursin... 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

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