Brent's Law
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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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Why are hospitals refusing to hire nurses who smoke when there are nurses who drink and take drugs who are hired?
Date: Jun 4, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I can't help but find it ridiculous that hospitals are refusing to hire nurses..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Deidra, You raise many issues in your question that are difficult to respond to but certainly some can be commented upon. In terms of employers not hiring nurses who smoke, i... read more

What can an RN do if terminated for allegedly stealing drugs one month into a new job at a hospital?
Date: Jun 2, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was terminated for allegedly stealing drugs one month after starting a new j..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Monica, When there is fairly solid evidence that a nurse is diverting medications from a facility, there is no need for prior warnings, verbal or otherwise, since this is a s... read more

What are the implications for a school nurse if an insulin-dependent high school student's parent will not sign a consent for insulin?
Date: May 30, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What are the implications for a school nurse if an insulin-dependent high scho..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Gail, You are farsighted in trying to get information about this situation before being confronted with it at the beginning of next year's school term. Although a specific an... read more

Is it a good idea to stay at a new job when you find out the owner and former staff are in jail for fraudulent narcotic prescribing?
Date: May 28, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I'm a DNP and recently have started a position in a family practice. The pract..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Opal, The family practice you describe in your question does not sound like the best choice for you, especially because e you have just started in this position. You did not ... read more

If my license is suspended in one state, does it affect other state licenses? Is it OK to surrender an RN license?
Date: May 26, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - If my license is suspended in one state, does it affect other state licenses? When is it O..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Valentina, A discipline by a state board of nursing is public information. As a result, when a nurse licensee is disciplined in one state that discipline can affect the nurse... read more

Can an RN be forced out of a job on disability if they have difficulty breathing when floors where they work are stripped and waxed?
Date: May 23, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have difficulty breathing and prolonged coughing when floors are stripped an..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Elsa, Your symptoms sound as though you may be allergic to something used to strip and wax the floors. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, allergies are considered a d... read more

Can a nurse who has chronic, severe pain take narcotics if her physician can vouch that the meds do not impair her judgment?
Date: May 19, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Can a nurse who has chronic, severe pain take narcotics if her physician can v..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Nina, Your question is a good one that can only be answered by your primary care physician and other physicians who are familiar with narcotic pain medication and their effec... read more

Is it legal for RNs who work for an insurance company to review medical information and records to determine if it supports a person's disability?
Date: May 16, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work for a disability insurance company and we review medical information an..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Abigail, Without much more detail, it is difficult to comment on what is meant by "determining the physical restrictions and limitations." If the process that is being develo... read more

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