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.

Letters To Nancy showing 49-56 of 80 « Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next »
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

Is it discrimination if a facility does not hire me due to my DUI/shoplifiting records when they have RNs with similar records on staff?
Date: Nov 22, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an LPN, and I have DUI and shoplifting convictions, and I also met with s..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Edith: Your question is a little unclear without more detail, but a few general comments can be made. Initially, many states do have restrictions on who can be licensed when ... read more

Should an RN, who is salaried and on call 24/7, expect to collect some on-call compensation because the job restricts their actions/life?
Date: Nov 20, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a salaried RN required to be on-call 24/7 for a group home for the develo..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rhonda, The federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state law that most often mirrors the FSLA defines whether one is a salaried employee, and therefore not required to be paid ... read more

showing 49-56 of 80
*Due to the sheer volume of questions received, Nancy Brent cannot answer every question or respond privately to any questions. All questions answered will appear on, and some may be printed in Gannett Healthcare Group publications. Last names and e-mail addresses will be omitted.
Ask Nancy a Question
Log In
Nancy Sign Up