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Submit your legal questions to Lorie A. Brown, RN, MN, JD, allnurses’ legal columnist. Lorie is prepared to address questions pertaining to your career, employment, contracts, and more. Questions are submitted confidentially and are not tied to a member account. 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, is a practicing Nurse Attorney who represents nurses for licensing issues before the Board and for employment and contract issues. Lorie has 30 years of experience empowering nurses. Visit her website, empowerednurses.org. The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not allnurses.com INC.

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Voluntarily Surrendering My License

Hi Lorie Can I voluntarily surrender my California Nursing RN license - will that affect my other licenses with other states,? like Florida (where I currently...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

How do I protect myself as a nurse writing educational material?

Hello Lorie I am a pediatric triage nurse for a pediatric hospital. I have identified a need for education for parents and caretakers of young children. I would...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Letter from Attorney General - I'm Being Investigated

Hi Lorie I have received a letter from the attorney general that I am being investigated. It says that I am to respond within 20 days of the date of the letter....

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Will my criminal history squash my dreams of being an Oncology Nurse?

Good morning Lorie, Thank you so much for giving us this forum for questions. I have a bit of dilemma so I will attempt to keep this short and to the point. ...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

First Psych NP Job - Do I need an attorney to review contract?

Hello Lorie I am getting ready to accept my first PMHNP (psych NP) job. We've already negotiated salary, benefits, scope of job, etc. Should I have the...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

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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Hired through outside staffing agency - Can I get out of the contract?

Hello Lorie, I am a RN and work in Los Angles at a hospital in med surg and was interviewed and applied directly to the hospital but was sent to an outside...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Will a littering ticket stop me from taking NCLEX and getting my license?

Hello Lorie, I have a littering ticket from 7 years ago that I have a warrant for. I am about to graduate and i am afraid that this will stop me from taking the...

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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

If I apply for compact license, will an an arrest appear on background check?

Hello Lorie I was arrested for a DUI on New Years Day. I was not guilty and am having my case tried with a jury. If I attempt to obtain a compact license, would...

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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

Nurse's Legal Responsibilities for Patient Care

Hi Lorie Could you refer me to where I can find references for teaching staff nurses about their legal responsibilities for patient care. I hear on a regular...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Can a Nurse Practitioner be Liable if MD Makes a Mistake?

Dear Lorie I am a nurse practitioner working full time. I still would like to pick up shifts as a nurse in an ICU casually. When I'm working in the ICU as a...

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I broke my wrist - Can Nursing School Director force me to withdraw from school?

Hello Lorie I am a nursing student and the director is forcing me to withdraw from the program because I broke my left wrist and it is in a cast for four weeks....

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Refused assignment - Under investigation for not passing meds

Hi Lorie I'm under investigation for not passing all of the 6am meds on a hall that I had refused assignment of. In fact another nurse did the narc count and...

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Facility does not provide breaks - What can we do?

Hello Lorie Our facility does not provide a relief nurse for rest periods or meal breaks. Our contract states 30 minute uninterrupted meal break and 3 - 15 min...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

License being unfairly held for "evaluation" - What can I do?

Hello Lorie What kind of rights does someone have when their nursing license is being held by the board until they complete an "evaluation" with a monitoring...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

How does a jury or media feel about NP firing patient over a bill?

Hi Lorie Is firing patients for non-payment seen differently than firing patients for other reasons such as violence at the office? Especially where the patient...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

How Did You Become a Nurse Attorney?

There was no divine plan or calling for me to become a nurse attorney. But there was a path that brought me here and I am so grateful. The Beginning... When I...

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD

Should I go back to school with 2 misdemeanors?

Dear Lorie I have two misdemeanors. One charge assault with a deadly weapon and second charge assault likely to cause great bodily injury. I am a LVN in...

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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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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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