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About Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN

Our legal information columnist Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN, 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 more than 30 years of experience to her role of legal information columnist. Her posts are designed for educational purposes only and are not to be taken as specific legal or other advice. Individuals who need advice on a specific incident or work situation should contact a nurse attorney or attorney in their state. Visit The American Association of Nurse Attorneys website to search its attorney referral database by state.

RN breaches patient confidentiality policy to check work schedule

By | 2019-12-04T14:58:49+00:00 December 4th, 2019|Categories: Nursing careers and jobs, Nursing news|

Maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy is a fundamental obligation for every nurse. Most often, a breach can happen when a nurse shares patient information with a person who is not a member of the healthcare team or when a patient’s electronic medical record is accessed for a personal reason.

Is it wise to enter alternative-to-discipline programs for substance use disorders?

By | 2019-08-21T15:33:18+00:00 August 19th, 2019|Categories: Nursing careers and jobs|

A nurse was reported to her board of nursing for an apparent substance use disorder. After a hearing, the board recommended she would need to get into a treatment program sponsored by the board to maintain her license. Find out about the different types of programs, such as alternative-to-discipline programs.

Does work stoppage or strike create liability for patient abandonment?

By | 2019-07-09T16:31:48+00:00 July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Nursing careers and jobs|

Without other information to the contrary, it seems this strike is a result of difficulties between the school nurse, other school employees and their employer. As such, the strike would be seen as an employer-employee abandonment instead of patient abandonment. Read more insights from our legal attorney expert.