Ask a Nurse Attorney

Nurses, Welcome to “Ask a Nurse Attorney." This section is designed for Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses to ask general legal questions to Lorie, a Nurse Attorney. If you have a question you would like answered, please feel free to submit it via the link to the submission form. Selected questions and answers will appear in the Ask a Nurse Attorney column keeping your identity confidential. Please do not post self-identifying information. Lorie's responses are not specific legal advice nor are they to be used as such.

Ask A Nurse Attorney

Lorie A. Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D. of Brown Law Office, Indianapolis, Indiana, is a practicing Nurse Attorney who represents nurses for licensing issues before the Board and for contracting matters. The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not allnurses.com INC.

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Co-worker Impersonating a Nurse - Am I obligated to report this to the BON?

Dear Lorie I suspect a co-worker is impersonating a nurse. He was hired as a medical assistant, but recently states he has obtained RN licensure, although this...

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Travel nurse let go - Do I have recourse?

Dear Lorie I resigned from a job and signed on with a travel company for a 13 week assignment at highly reputable cancer hospital. I was over the moon- thinking I...

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How will a criminal conviction affect my future license?

Hi Lorie, Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I was wondering how criminal conviction could affect my future RN license. I recently received a...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Professional Liability Insurance - Do I need it?

What is your opinion on Professional Liability Insurance? I have been under the impression that if a patient or whomever files a claim, the hospital, employer will...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

No Call/No Show - Is My License at Risk?

I see lots of confusion here on allnurses.com about risks to a nurse's license versus risk to their employment status and risk of being sued. For example, a member...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Certified Holistic Nurse Coach - Need Advice for Consent Forms

Good morning Lorie, I just completed a nurse coaching program recently and plan to sit for the board certified Nurse Coach and Holistic Nurse Coach Certification...

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Unlawful discrimination & termination - Now Law School Bound

Like most, I became a nurse to help others. In the 10 years since becoming an RN, I've become painstakingly aware of the egregious and predatory employment policies...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Asked by Supervisor to Take a Drug Screen

I was called into my supervisor's office and asked to take a drug screen. This happens almost every month and frankly I am tired of it. What can I do? You...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

How can I get out of a school contract

Hi Lorie How can I get out of a school contract All contracts have a term and termination provision. I suggest you check with a contract attorney to review...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil: Will I Have Problems with My BON?

I have been thinking about getting a medical marijuana prescription for my chronic pain. But, recently, I've been reading about CBD and know that in some states,...

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Coverage Under Tort Protection for FQHC

Hello Lorie - I work for an FQHC that has tort protection. Do I still need to get my own malpractice insurance? Thanks for the great question. FQHC...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Can I break a hospital contract early?

I am doing a contract in a hospital and would like to know if I can break the contract before the end of the contract. Also, I would like to know what can be done...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

What is the legal definition of Verbal Abuse?

Hi Lorie: What do most BONs consider to be the legal definition of Verbal Abuse by a nurse towards a patient and what would they consider a preponderance of...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

I am being discriminated against because I am a male nurse

Hi Lorie, I am in the CDDP with NCBON in North Carolina I feel I am being discriminated against because I am a male and also because I live in a really rural...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Is Nurse Manager found liable in civil suit subject to BON disciplinary action?

When a nurse manager has been found liable in a civil suit for retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation or discrimination, are they subject to licensure board...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation - Can I be Forced to Work?

Is it legal to make nursing staff stay at a hospital that was ordered by the Governor to evacuate for hurricane Florence . This hospital just was recently rated for...

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Supervisor Asked Me to Falsify Records

My supervisor approached me and said state was coming into our building and wanted me to fill in the empty spaces (holes) on the treatment administration record...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Wasted Meds Without a Witness

My supervisor called me in because I had wasted medications without a witness present. Our unit is so big and it is difficult to find a second person to witness...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Trying to Endorse into Texas

Hello, I am a nurse in Nevada trying to endorse into Texas. Do you have any knowledge on the process with the Texas BON? Each Board of Nursing operates...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Placed on Administrative Leave

Something happened at work and now I'm being placed on administrative leave. What does this mean? I am sorry to hear this. Most employers place employees on...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Nurse Practitioner and Tail-Insurance

Hi Lorie I am a Nurse Practitioner. I never fully learned how to deal with professional liability insurance so would appreciate any advice people might have....

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How Do I Know What to Delegate as an RN?

I am a new RN and not really sure about my Nurse Practice Act. It just is not clear on delegation. I remember learning about this in my Nursing program but was...


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