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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What is your opinion of medication management by unlicensed nurses?
Date: Mar 6, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was wondering, what is your opinion of medication management by unlicensed n..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Jean, Medication administration by unlicensed assistive personnel has become fairly common in assisted living settings, mental health settings, school settings and developmen... read more

What's the future hold for a nurse terminated for accidentally turning in an altered personal prescription at her facility's pharmacy?
Date: Mar 4, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was terminated from my nursing position of 26 years after I unknowingly hand..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Audrey, The situation you describe is problematic for many reasons and raises questions about how all of this occurred. To begin with, it is unclear why your daughter called ... read more

Do nurses need to get their own liability insurance, or is an employer's insurance enough?
Date: Mar 2, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an experienced nurse but outside of the U.S. I just started working as RN..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Janette, The question about whether to carry one's own professional liability insurance policy has been the subject of several responses in this column, so you might want to ... read more

Do I need to hire an attorney to see about the return of my license at the completion of my probation? Are all restrictions automatically removed?
Date: Feb 27, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was placed on three years of probation and completed all board requirements...
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Michela, You should be commended for successfully completing all of your restrictions during the time your license was on probation. Many times nurses are not able to fulfill... read more

What is the proceeding that will follow asking for an appeal for licensure? I was denied due to a DUI conviction six years ago?
Date: Feb 25, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was denied licensure due to a DUI six years ago. I have requested an appeal...
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sharon, You have the right under your applicable state statutes to file an appeal for a review of a board of nursing decision. You did not indicate whether the appeal was the... read more

Is it a HIPAA violation to chart while you're technically off the clock?
Date: Feb 23, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it a HIPAA violation to chart while you're technically off the clock? Many ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Reese, A HIPAA Privacy Rule violation can occur when you access a patient's record for whom you have no patient care responsibilities, regardless of whether you are on duty o... read more

Under HIPAA rules, what is permitted to be verbally reported during end of shift report when done in a double patient room with visitors present?
Date: Feb 20, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy The nurses on my stroke rehab unit have been told that we must give end-of-shif..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Bryan, As you know, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's privacy rule requires that personal health information not be shared with others except in certa... read more

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

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