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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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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

Is it a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act for RNs to be denied rest and/or meal breaks during their shift?
Date: Dec 6, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been reading in this magazine and others about nurses who work at the b..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Stephen, The Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law, does not require meal breaks or rest periods. Rather, a respective state law, if one exists, would cover these breaks. Y... read more

What options do I have after being falsely accused of, and tricked into making a false confession about diversion of narcotics where I work?
Date: Dec 4, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am being falsely accused of diversion of narcotics. Should I get a lawyer? I..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lois, The situation you describe in your question is very serious, and it is important you retain a nurse attorney or other attorney to represent you in this matter. The accu... read more

Is it legal to set up patients in the hallway, not on a temporary basis, but for their entire stay in the hospital?
Date: Dec 2, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it legal to set up patients in the hallway, not on a temporary basis, but f..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Kevin: The practice of placing patients permanently in a hallway, when there are other beds available at other facilities, is not acceptable practice. Legally and ethically, ... read more

Can you help me see where I demonstrated confrontation and non-professionalism by giving out pain meds before dressing a wound?
Date: Nov 27, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had a 73-year-old patient who was admitted for bowel obstruction, had a cole..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Dana, Your question underscores the difficulty a staff nurse faces when trying to prioritize patient care needs. It also is unfortunate your manager felt your nursing judgmen... read more

Does an RN have any recourse if a patient in an outpatient psychiatric program claims in writing that the RN's behavior has been unacceptable?
Date: Nov 25, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an RN working at an outpatient/ residential psychiatric facility. We also..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Georgina, It is difficult to comment on your situation since there are many factors still unknown about this resident and her difficulties with relationships, particularly wi... read more

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