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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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What's an RN to do when their license report contains false statements that cause facilities to not hire him/her?
Date: Jun 18, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My RN license was suspended, and I got it back after a month. I am working in ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Andy, One of the unfortunate consequences of being disciplined by a state board of nursing is the reality that at times it may be difficult to be hired in that or another sta... read more

Should a school RN, who is employed by the local board of education in a non-public high school, carry malpractice insurance?
Date: Jun 16, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a school nurse with RN, BSN, CPN credentials who is employed by the local..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Marilyn, It has always been my position that nurses should carry their own professional liability insurance. Doing so is important as you are a professional and should not be... read more

Can an RN in an employee-sponsored clinic provide services ordered on a prescription or letterhead without working with ordering physician?
Date: Jun 13, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In an employer-sponsored clinic, if a nurse does not have a professional worki..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Brianna, Your question does not contain a lot of factors that might help with a more detailed response, so some general comments will be made. It is unclear what you mean by ... read more

Is it a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for an employer to ask a candidate with a back injury to get a doctor's note for lifting 100 pounds?
Date: Jun 11, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I became an RN in January 2004 and was involved in an auto accident in Novembe..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Colin, It is not clear why the pre-employment physician requested the letter concerning your ability to lift a 100 pound patient on your own. Is this something asked of every... read more

What recourse does an RN have if requested by one facility, where she works PRN, to bring in a job description for her second nursing job?
Date: Jun 9, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been employed by a rural hospital for almost 15 years, working med/surg..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Lyn, Generally, employers are not pleased to have any employee work for another healthcare facility, especially if the other facility is seen as being in competition with the... read more

Could I be fired for refusing to re-insert a well-established gastrostomy tube when there is no MD/PA/APRN coverage on my shift?
Date: Jun 6, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My facility does not have a policy or procedure instruction nursing staff how ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Faith, It would be difficult to know with certainty what your employer's reaction would be to your refusal to re-insert a GI tube. The possibilities for a refusal, however, c... read more

Why are hospitals refusing to hire nurses who smoke when there are nurses who drink and take drugs who are hired?
Date: Jun 4, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I can't help but find it ridiculous that hospitals are refusing to hire nurses..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Deidra, You raise many issues in your question that are difficult to respond to but certainly some can be commented upon. In terms of employers not hiring nurses who smoke, i... read more

What can an RN do if terminated for allegedly stealing drugs one month into a new job at a hospital?
Date: Jun 2, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was terminated for allegedly stealing drugs one month after starting a new j..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Monica, When there is fairly solid evidence that a nurse is diverting medications from a facility, there is no need for prior warnings, verbal or otherwise, since this is a s... read more

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