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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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Am I right to be reluctant to sign off on a "new" nurse's chemo competency form after shadowing me for one eight-hour shift as their training?
Date: Nov 15, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in the hematology/oncology department of a county hospital. Our departm..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Audrey, There are a lot of details not included in your question that would bear evaluating, such as what is included in the eight-hour shadowing and what is included for eva... read more

Can a nurse who has been doing laser hair removal for years add waxing to her practice without going to esthetician school?
Date: Nov 13, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have worked in aesthetics doing laser hair removal for years, but I want to ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sandra Sue, Regardless of what other nurses may be doing in your state and regardless of what the owner of the spa in which you work says, you need to ensure performing waxin... read more

What can I do if a patient's false accusations about an abusive statement by me to him has cost me my job?
Date: Nov 11, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I just had a patient falsely accuse me of saying something abusive. The compan..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sara Lee, "He said--she said" situations are always difficult. However, in your situation, you already have obtained some important information. You were told there were no w... read more

Since I am not employed by the hospital, I believe it's the social worker's responsibility to change things such as discharge codes in a patient's record. Can you give me your opinion on this matter?
Date: Nov 6, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work as an RN external care manager for a sub-acute rehab facility, which is..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Stephanie: The request from the social work department is a little strange, given that it is the social worker who discharges the patient, according to your comments. There s... read more

Is a nurse, who visits a patient, when off duty being inappropriate? Is there somewhere online to review such scenarios?
Date: Nov 4, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, When is it considered crossing the line in patient care? Is a nurse who visits..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Connie, There is a wealth of information on a nurse maintaining professional boundaries with patients. Two important guidelines you should be familiar with are authored by pr... read more

Are nurses legally covered if something happens to a patient when they continue caring for patients even after clocking out per supervisor request?
Date: Nov 1, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Our nurse manager wants us to clock out on time even when we are not finished ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Jena, The reason your employer wants you to clock out, but to continue to provide care to patients is so it can avoid paying eligible non-exempt employees for any overtime th... read more

I was convicted of a felony, but it was removed from my background after completing probation. I am in nursing school. Will I get my license?
Date: Oct 30, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have a question about applying for my nursing license because I was convicte..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Allie, Your state Nurse Practice Act and its rules should be consulted to see what, if anything, they say about former convictions, whether a misdemeanor or a felony. Some st... read more

The new owners of my facility require RNs pass a math test. I've failed the test twice. I have received no answer about my job status. What can I do?
Date: Oct 28, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been an RN for 23 years, working in med-surg and oncology from 1990 to ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Clarissa, It is unclear why your facility is making you wait for an answer about your position, but you might offer to get tutored in math and its application to medications ... read more

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