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Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, Nurse.com'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 there anything a CNA instructor can do to ensure a belligerent student does not become licensed despite good grades?
Date: Oct 10, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy I was recently hired as a clinical instructor for a high school level CNA progr..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sybil, This student sounds like she may not have the personality or professionalism to be a CNA, despite her satisfactory skill levels and high grades. Not everyone is suited... read more

What can an LVN do if fired after a cardiologist did not refill a med for a home health patient? The LVN informed the agency of the med issue.
Date: Oct 8, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an LVN. Another nurse and I were fired today due to a med error. We worke..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Angie, You would do well to retain a nurse attorney or attorney in your state who defends nurse licensees before the board of nursing. You did not indicate if the other perso... read more

What is my responsibility if a home care patient refuses to go to the ED?
Date: Oct 6, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I experienced a very disturbing incident following a recent home care visit. I..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Isabella, This home situation sounds quite difficult for you to provide the care needed for this patient. First of all, the patient supposedly has dementia, but this is a con... read more

I work in a NICU and we have a parent who is hostile and aggressive toward the staff. What can be done about these type of parents who pose a potential risk?
Date: Oct 3, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a NICU and we have a parent who is hostile and aggressive toward the..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Angelina, Your concern for the newborn child is important. Clearly, parents have a right to refuse treatment for their infant, but one wonders if those decisions are being ma... read more

What resource is available on the process of obtaining passcodes to EHR and legal issues that arise when passcodes are not readily available?
Date: Oct 1, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, As a manager I have been frustrated with the process of obtaining passcodes to..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ray, Working with electronic medical records and providing strict confidentiality of the information in those records is difficult at times, but very necessary. As you know, ... read more

My agency took me off a case involving a client's dad who wanted me to falsify my nursing notes. What should I do?
Date: Sep 29, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work for a homecare nursing agency. A client's dad became upset with me beca..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Annalynn, You did not indicate why the agency took you off the case, but it is assumed it was due to the family member complaining to the agency about you. Although it appear... read more

Will a conviction for a DUI automatically cause a suspension and/or a revocation of license?
Date: Sep 26, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In my state, will a conviction for a DUI automatically cause a suspension and/..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Paul, Your question is an important one for you to have answered, and the best way to secure a specific answer is to consult with a nurse attorney or attorney in your state w... read more

I suspect one or both of my previous employers, who I reported, are saying derogatory things about me. Do I have any recourse here?
Date: Sep 24, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, After I started a new job, my employer switched my hours to an excessive amoun..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ruth, It is very difficult to find out what previous employers might be saying unless you are lucky enough to have a colleague or friend tell you about false information that... read more

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