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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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How can an RN accused of unsafe nursing practice defend herself? Does the facility have the right to not tell her what the unsafe practice was?
Date: Jan 9, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - I am a new nurse who has been working in an ED for seven months. This is my second career...
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Josie, One of the basic principles of fairness when one is accused of anything is that all necessary information concerning the accusation is provided to the accused so the p... read more

How long does someone have to file a suit against me, or involving me at the hospital where I worked, prior to retiring?
Date: Jan 7, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am retired as of Jan, 1, 2015. How long does someone have to file a suit aga..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Zelda, The statute of limitations, the law that sets time frames within which a suit for professional negligence must be filed, may vary from state to state. Generally speaki... read more

Does a nurse have the right to request she is provided with adequate training to pass meds when its not in her typical work routine?
Date: Jan 5, 2015 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a LPN in a skilled nursing facility who was told I would have to work a m..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Amy, You are well within your rights to refuse an assignment that you believe, in your professional judgment, will be a risk to the residents. As a licensed LPN, you are acco... read more

Legal columnist Dear Nancy is on holiday hiatus
Date: Dec 22, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question -'s legal columnist Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 ..
Nancy Brent replies- 's legal columnist Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is on holiday hiatus from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Her columns will resume Monday, Jan. 5. Please continue to send your questions so N... read more

Is it OK for a physician to dispense meds in a cup with no written instructions as to what it is or how to take it upon patient discharge?
Date: Dec 19, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, In dispensing meds upon discharge of a patient from a mental health unit where..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Maggie, The practice you describe when patients are discharged from your mental health facility is not consistent with standards of practice for medication preparation upon d... read more

What recourse do RNs have on working with a manager who was sent elsewhere for a while after being caught encouraging false documentation?
Date: Dec 17, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a staff RN in MICU. We had a nurse manager who was removed from her posit..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Charlotte, It sounds as if the nurse manager has good friends in high places at your facility. In most facilities, a person like this would be terminated, reported to the boa... read more

What recourse do RNs working in telehealth have if the company they work for reimburses them for licensure in 18 states but not the others?
Date: Dec 15, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am writing to you on behalf of our collective team. We have read some of you..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Carolyn, There is no doubt, as you have discovered with your research and by contacting several boards of nursing, one cannot practice nursing in a state in which one does no... read more

What recourse does an RN on a rehab unit have if accused by the DON of not giving pain meds even when it's tracked in the MAR?
Date: Dec 12, 2014 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a nurse on a rehab unit. I work midnights. Lately my director of nursing ..
Nancy Brent replies- Colette, It sounds as though your director of nursing has targeted you for some reason. First of all, it seems most disconcerting she would accuse you of not giving medications wh... read more

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