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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How can I find out if a previous employer has given me a bad reference? I have applied for 29 jobs at a local hospital and never get a call.
Date: Feb 26, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I feel that a previous employer has given me a bad reference, and I wondered h..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Norm, In some states, trying to find out what has been said about you by a former employer is easier if the state allows employees to obtain a copy of their personnel file. I... read more

Is it legal for the operating room circulator to sign as a surgical consent witness for the patient for whom he or she will be the circulating nurse?
Date: Feb 24, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Is it legal for the operating room circulator to sign as a witness on the surg..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rozelle, As you know, when one witnesses a signature on a consent form, that is all the nurse or other individual is doing: watching the patient sign his or her name to the d... read more

What is the best route for me, an ED RN with 16 years of experience, to help the nursing profession and secure my own financial future?
Date: Feb 21, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I have been an RN in the ED for the past 16 years and continue to work there. ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Cassandra, It would be important for you to consider asking this question to your fellow colleagues and others who might be in a position to help you with your future plans, ... read more

What should I do after being suspended without pay due to HIPAA rule violation? I went into a former patient's room and looked at the monitor.
Date: Feb 19, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I work in ICU, but was floated to the ED the other night. During my break, I w..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Joanne: Without more details, it is difficult to provide a specific response to your question, so some general comment are in order. First, as you know, HIPAA's privacy rule ... read more

Can you offer suggestions on how to write and publish an article about my experience of losing my job and license after becoming ill at work?
Date: Feb 17, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I fell ill at work and I was terminated. I filed a grievance with human resour..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Estelle, You certainly have had a difficult time with this situation. Your question did not provide many details, especially as to why your lost your license, but what happen... read more

Is there a law that can prevent new DONs from firing staff and bringing in their own people when they join a new facility?
Date: Feb 14, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, At the nursing home where I work, there has been high turnover with our Direct..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Esther, Many times when a new DON or other administrative personnel is hired, they will shake up the status quo by terminating staff, upgrading positions, and hiring friends ... read more

What are an RN's rights at work not to be a part of being photographed by patients or a patient's friends or family members?
Date: Feb 12, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I will not allow patients or their families/vis..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Sherry, First of all, you should be commended for taking a position against being filmed or photographed without your consent when you provide care. The American Nurses Assoc... read more

Will an RN and primary caregiver be held liable if her father chokes on food when other famly members refuse to puree his food per physician orders?
Date: Feb 10, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an RN with 30 years of experience. I am the primary caregiver for my 83-y..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Melissa, I'm sorry to hear of your father's health problems and his need for this type of care. He is fortunate that you are an RN, and the care you provide is certainly nece... read more

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