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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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Is it ethical or professional for a respiratory therapist to chair the clinical ladder council at a hospital?
Date: Jan 19, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, The clinical ladder council at our hospital is in need of a chairman and the C..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Colleen, It is difficult to respond to your question without more information about the clinical ladder at your facility. As examples, does the ladder include just nurses or ... read more

Is there recourse for an RN who was terminated because she asked to have a witness while completing an admission assessment?
Date: Jan 16, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was terminated from a facility because I asked to have assistance in complet..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Margaret, Your decision to want someone in the room with you while you were doing the admission interview due to the patient's verbal abuse seems reasonable from what you hav... read more

What do I need to do if I want to report a nurse manager for falsifying patient documentation? is there a time limit to report such conduct?
Date: Jan 14, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, What do I need to do if I want to report a nurse manager for her unprofessiona..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Luke, One way you can deal with the nurse manager's conduct is reporting her to the state board of nursing. If you decide to do so, you should first read the state nurse prac... read more

How am I legally responsible if something happens to I patient I am caring for during co-worker's breaks/lunch, but I do not have her phone/pager?
Date: Jan 12, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work as a charge RN and cover breaks and lunches for the other floor nurses...
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Liz, Although your colleague does not give you the phone and pager when leaving the floor, this should have no bearing on your knowledge of what is happening to the patient i... read more

How can an RN accused of unsafe nursing practice defend herself? Does the facility have the right to not tell her what the unsafe practice was?
Date: Jan 9, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - I am a new nurse who has been working in an ED for seven months. This is my second career...
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Josie, One of the basic principles of fairness when one is accused of anything is that all necessary information concerning the accusation is provided to the accused so the p... read more

How long does someone have to file a suit against me, or involving me at the hospital where I worked, prior to retiring?
Date: Jan 7, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am retired as of Jan, 1, 2015. How long does someone have to file a suit aga..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Zelda, The statute of limitations, the law that sets time frames within which a suit for professional negligence must be filed, may vary from state to state. Generally speaki... read more

Does a nurse have the right to request she is provided with adequate training to pass meds when its not in her typical work routine?
Date: Jan 5, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a LPN in a skilled nursing facility who was told I would have to work a m..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Amy, You are well within your rights to refuse an assignment that you believe, in your professional judgment, will be a risk to the residents. As a licensed LPN, you are acco... read more

Legal columnist Dear Nancy is on holiday hiatus
Date: Dec 22, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question -'s legal columnist Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 ..
Nancy Brent replies- 's legal columnist Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Her columns will resume Monday, Jan. 5. Please continue to send your questions so N... read more

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