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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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Do I have any recourse for being terminated for sleeping on the job during my downtime? My employer told me I could do what I wanted on downtime.
Date: Jan 8, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I just got an email from my employer/client who also happens to be the CEO of ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rose, In order to ensure your rights in this situation are protected, you need to consult with a nurse attorney or attorney who can advise you of the laws in your state in re... read more

Where can RNs find out what tasks can be delegated to UAPs?
Date: Jan 6, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Our clinic recently eliminated two RN positions and replaced them with a CNA a..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Howard, You were correct in trying to determine if your state nurse practice act gave you any guidance on the issue of what UAPs can do in your state. You also should check t... read more

Is it ok or harmful in any way for a nine-month-old baby to have eaten some poppy seed muffin?
Date: Jan 3, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it OK or harmful for a nine-month-old baby to have eaten some poppy seed mu..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Alicia, This question is really not one that can be responded to in this column. Your question needs to be directed to a pediatrician who can advise you of any advantages or ... read more

I am an up and coming nurse entrepreneur specializing in private duty nursing home care. Where can I get some help?
Date: Dec 20, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an up and coming nurse entrepreneur specializing in private duty nursing ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Janet, It sounds as though you have been hard at work in setting up your private duty home care business. Despite your hard work, it is always good to get input, both legal a... read more

Do I have any recourse to prevent potential employers from finding my name linked to crime or will this always be a problem for me?
Date: Dec 18, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Whenever I apply for a job and potential employers run an online check on my name, my name..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Howard, This situation must be discouraging for you. You do need to be proactive, and clear up this case of mistaken identity (sometimes called "mistaken identity conviction"... read more

Should I be attacked by a patient or visitor at work, what actions do I, or my family, have to take to avoid having me enter the workers' comp system?
Date: Dec 16, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, It is my observation that campus security at my facility is not performed in t..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lorna, Your question is a little unclear but I assume you are talking about being "attacked" while on the job due to a patient's actions, which arguably would allow you to fi... read more

Do RNs have to float to units where they have not been trained or feel comfortable working? Is this legal?
Date: Dec 11, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a facility where we routinely float to other areas in the hospital. ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Norah, Floating to other units unfortunately isa way of practice when facilities are short-staffed. Floating in and of itself is not bad. It is difficult when staff has not b... read more

How can I get a ruling to have narcotics countersigned when they are delivered to my unit at the facility where I work?
Date: Dec 9, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, When the pharmacy where I work puts narcotics into the automated medication di..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ruth, You are right to be anxious about this type of practice. It is a perfect set-up for anyone who wants to divert narcotics, including members of the pharmacy or the pharm... read more

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