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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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Am I responsible if something goes wrong with an ICU patient, who is being cared for by an LPN?
Date: Aug 18, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a busy ICU with a very high acuity of patient care. We have an LPN w..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ruth, An employer is free to hire LPNs if it chooses to, as long as the LPN practices within his or her scope of practice, which is defined by the state nurse practice act an... read more

In legal terms who is ultimately accountable if patient harm or death occurs if respiratory therapy regularly overrides RN judgment?
Date: Aug 15, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a charge nurse/shift supervisor of a rural hospital. We have respiratory ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Helga, Although the respiratory therapist is the expert in relation to respiratory therapy, you are the expert in the practice of nursing. You did not specify how your rural ... read more

Is it patient abandonment if a surgeon, also the owner of a facility, forces an RN to leave the OR before transferring a patient to the PACU?
Date: Aug 13, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it considered patient abandonment if a surgeon, who is also the owner of th..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear May, You did not indicate what your role was in the OR (e.g., assisting during surgery, circulating nurse, nurse anesthetist). What your role was would help clarify your obli... read more

Does a 61-year-old RN, with an unblemished record, have a case for age discrimination after being terminated based on false accusations?
Date: Aug 11, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy I am 61 years old. I have worked 26 years for a hospital and have had excellent..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sara, Your firing needs to be evaluated by a nurse attorney or attorney who practices employment law and represents employees. The details you shared in your question may sug... read more

What are the chances of an RN, convicted of a felony, who successfully completed probation and taken a refresher course, of being hired?
Date: Aug 8, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My nursing license was revoked after I pleaded guilty to several felony charge..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ellie, You should be commended for using your time after your incarceration to prepare yourself for re-entry into nursing. It is assumed you still need to do the clinical wor... read more

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

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