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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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When did physician's offices start using medical assistants instead of RNs and what can nurses do about it?
Date: Aug 6, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have noticed many physician's offices are using medical assistants instead o..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Marvin, The use of medical assistants in physicians' offices in the place of RNs and/or LPNs is most likely due to the lowered cost of the salary of a medical assistant in co... read more

Is it a HIPAA or employee rights violation for a facility to ask why a nurse cannot come in for her shift when she calls in?
Date: Aug 4, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, One of the hospitals where I work asks why an employee is calling in for a shi..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Margaret, It is the employer's right to ask an employee the reason when he calls in because he is not reporting to work for an assigned shift. Initially, since you are an emp... read more

Do I have recourse against a supervisor who used my weight as an example of why I should be more empathetic about coworker disabilities?
Date: Aug 1, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My nurse manager called me into the office to discuss another employee who had..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Wanda, Your question raises two issues that can be commented upon. Initially, your concerns about your fellow worker being unsafe is important. However, it would be necessary... read more

What is the next step for an RN who believes a former manager wrote something in her file that may prevent her from finding a new job?
Date: Jul 30, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was fired from a hospital RN job without cause. I disagreed with the unit ma..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Etta, Your next step should be to consult with a nurse attorney or other attorney in your state who works with employees in the area of employment law. The attorney will be a... read more

Should an RN, who took a nurse biller position, but who has been asked to pinch hit on the clinical side, get RN staff nurse pay for clinical hours?
Date: Jul 28, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had been working as a clinical nurse in endoscopy for 15 years, and I've bee..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Holly, Your desire to be paid for what you do while you perform your nursing responsibilities on renal cases is certainly reasonable. What seems unreasonable is why your nurs... read more

Should an RN, who was fired from a physician's office for taking a patient's monetary gifts, accept the fine and offer from the state board?
Date: Jul 25, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been an LPN for 30 years. In March, I was terminated from a physicians'..
Nancy Brent replies- Joleen, There is no question that you need representation before the board in this matter. Unfortunately, very few nurse licensees can represent themselves in such proceedings bec... read more

What legal ground do I have to refuse to participate in a non-agreeable practice of handling medical information?
Date: Jul 23, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an occupational RN working for a large metropolitan hospital, but I work ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Florence, First, it is important to note that the physicals done by you are really the patients' physicals and information. They belong neither to the hospital nor the compan... read more

What is the best way for other employees to deal with an RN supervisor dating another employee under his/her direct supervision?
Date: Jul 21, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, If a nurse is in a supervisory position, is it not illegal and unethical to da..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Patricia, The type of situation you describe in your workplace is difficult indeed. Any prohibition to this type of dating arrangement would be found in the institution's pol... read more

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