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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 can I do go get back on the schedule at work after an arrest for driving while intoxicated? I called the state board and reported the arrest myself.
Date: Oct 25, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I was arrested for driving while intoxicated a few weeks ago. I reported the i..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Becky: You should be commended for reporting the DWI to the board of nursing. When a situation is required to be reported by a nurse licensee, the board looks favorably on se... read more

Did an actual bill or law pass in my state that registered nurses cannot inject Botox or fillers unless under the supervision of a physician?
Date: Oct 23, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy: Did an actual bill or law pass in my state that says a registered nurse cannot..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Ron: There are several sources you can research to try and determine the answers to your questions. The first, and perhaps the easiest place to check, is your state nurse pra... read more

What should I do now that I've been notified that my role in a missing narcotic tablet is part of an investigation where I work?
Date: Oct 21, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am an RN who learned from my supervisor Friday that there was one tablet of ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Rhonda: You are in a difficult situation and need to immediately retain a nurse attorney or attorney in your state who works with healthcare providers to help you with this m... read more

How do I go about proving a hospital colleague may have shared my medical history and that of my family with my superiors?
Date: Oct 18, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, A nurse who works in the same hospital as I do is going to school to become an..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Tina: There is no doubt that what your nurse colleague did is a breach of confidentiality and privacy. You are correct in assuming this may be difficult to prove since it is ... read more

How will a DON's license be affected if his assistant has signed the DON's name to physicians' orders?
Date: Oct 16, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a DON and have an assistant who has signed his name to several MD orders...
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Dominick: Your license as a DON may be at risk so you need to contact a nurse attorney or attorney immediately who can represent you in any proceedings before your state boar... read more

Do you have insight into whether a PT or OT's malpractice insurance would cover a motor skill video that I and a colleague produced for parents?
Date: Oct 14, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I am a PT, who along with an OT colleague, created a video for parents describ..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Selma, Your board of nursing's advice to contact an attorney is your best option in this situation. Boards of nursing represent the state and their citizens against incompete... read more

Do I have any recourse if my supervisor fired me three years ago without following hospital protocol?
Date: Oct 9, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, On August 2010, I was fired from my job because the nurse director did not lik..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear Fiorella: Your question about consulting with a nurse attorney or attorney who can help you sort out the legal issues in this matter is a good decision. The attorney can info... read more

After being fired for taking safety issues over my supervisor's head, is there anything I can do to make a healthcare facility safer?
Date: Oct 7, 2013 | Nancy Brent
Question - Dear Nancy, I started with a new employer and was sickened by what I saw. There were numer..
Nancy Brent replies- Dear BL, It appears that you did all you could do within the healthcare system within which you worked to alert it and those in power about the problems you identified. You did no... read more

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