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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 it legal for a supervisor to increase the hours an RN has to work if that RN was hired to work a shorter number of hours of work per week?
Date: Apr 28, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My boss increased my hours from 32 hours per week to 40 hours per week a few w..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Brooke, You did not mention if you had a contract of employment to work the 32 hours per week schedule and for how long that agreement would be in place. Since contracts of e... read more

Is it acceptable for an RN and an anesthesiologist who are engaged to work together in the OR?
Date: Apr 25, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in an operating room where a nurse and an anesthesiologist who are enga..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ida, Your question did not indicate what the OR staff found inappropriate about the engagement of the nurse and the anesthesiologist, and it is assumed that the facility does... read more

Is it legal for a facility to force evening shift RNs to work over their regular hours and until all MARs are completed?
Date: Apr 23, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in a rehab/long-term care facility that makes the evening shift nurses ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Darien, First, it should be noted the MARs in your facility should be concurrent and complete at the end of each shift. It is unclear what staff is being asked to do to compl... read more

Is it illegal to write a note on a drug package or a prescription label?
Date: Apr 21, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been an LPN for 12 years. Most of my experience has been in a hospital ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Beatrice, It is probably safe to say that anytime medications are administered, regardless of the setting, basic and universal standards of medication administration should b... read more

Does an RN, who was terminated after being accused of practicing outside their scope of practice, have any recourse?
Date: Apr 17, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, My employer has accused me of practicing outside my scope of practice by incre..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Adelle, It sounds as though you have an excellent history of never having made a mistake or been disciplined by your employer prior to this incident. This history is somethin... read more

Is driving with an open non-alcoholic beer illegal and are there specific ramifications for nurses who do so?
Date: Apr 16, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is driving with open non-alcoholic beer illegal and are there specific ramific..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Merideth, Your question is well-beyond the scope of this column, but a few general comments can be made. One thing to keep in mind is that open container laws are state-speci... read more

Is it legal for a hospital to withhold information that could implicate the nursing supervisor in a medical malpratice suit?
Date: Apr 14, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it legal for a hospital to withhold information that could implicate the nu..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Bruno, You did not provide details concerning your question so only a general response can be made. There is no question it is not legal or ethical for anyone to withhold inf... read more

What's a public health RN to do if a new administrator wants non-nurses to job shadow the RN to people's homes during home healthcare visits?
Date: Apr 11, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work for a county public health department. We have a new administrator with..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Melissa, It sounds as though your administrator needs a crash course on patient confidentiality, patient privacy and HIPAA, if your department is a "covered entity" under the... read more

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