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.

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Can a nurse who has chronic, severe pain take narcotics if her physician can vouch that the meds do not impair her judgment?
Date: May 19, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Can a nurse who has chronic, severe pain take narcotics if her physician can v..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Nina, Your question is a good one that can only be answered by your primary care physician and other physicians who are familiar with narcotic pain medication and their effec... read more

Is it legal for RNs who work for an insurance company to review medical information and records to determine if it supports a person's disability?
Date: May 16, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work for a disability insurance company and we review medical information an..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Abigail, Without much more detail, it is difficult to comment on what is meant by "determining the physical restrictions and limitations." If the process that is being develo... read more

If an RN overlooks signing off meds after the facility where she works changes the format of the MAR, can they say this was diversion?
Date: May 14, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have worked at a hospital for 10 years. When it changed the format of the Me..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Morgan, Although blood pressure medications are not often a concern in relation to medications that are diverted, narcotics certainly are. And, in reality, any medication tha... read more

Can an RN lose his license for giving a patient an expired injectable medication if he was forced to administer that med?
Date: May 12, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was forced to give an expired injectable medication. Is this legal? Can I lo..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ken, Your question raises many questions. For example, you did not indicate who was forcing you to give an expired injectable medication. You also did not share how long the ... read more

Is it legal for a facility to pay RNs working a 12-hour shift a rate of pay based on the shift comprising the bulk of their working hours?
Date: May 9, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I recently started a new job where the nurses work 12-hour shifts. We are paid..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Andrea, The description of the payment arrangement your facility has for day and evening 12 hour shifts is unusual. However, you did not mention if the facility was unionized... read more

What can a nurse do to change the reprimand status on her nursing license so she can work as a nurse again?
Date: May 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been unable to get a job as an LPN for almost two years due to a prior ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Agatha, The collateral impacts of a discipline by a board of nursing are numerous and your difficulty in getting a job may be one of them. Unfortunately, many employers view ... read more

Does an RN who rescinds her resignation after a work-related injury have any recourse if the facility continues with the original resignation request?
Date: May 7, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I had emailed my two-week notice to my manager, and he requested I send him a ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Audrey, The situation you describe in your question is confusing. It sounds as though you are getting mixed messages from your employer and its employees. It would be difficu... read more

Can you help me find information about self-employment in home health nursing in my state?
Date: May 2, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I became licensed as an RN 10 months ago and have had trouble finding employme..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Helga, Your business idea sounds like a good one and although it will require a lot of work to get it up and running, it should go well for you once it is established. You mi... read more

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