On episode 196 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, we have an enlightening conversation with Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD, a highly experienced nurse attorney who has plenty of legal advice for nurses who want to protect their license, practice within their scope of practice, and stay out of trouble. If you care about your nursing license, this episode is for you!

Brown Law Office

Lorie A. Brown, RN, MN, JD, became a Registered Nurse after graduating from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1982 and has worked in a variety of nursing fields, including medical surgical nursing, management and administration.

Lorie Brown, nurse attorney

In 1984, she obtained her Masters in Nursing Administration and Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist program from the University of California, Los Angeles, California. She obtained her law degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1990.  As a Nurse Attorney, Lorie practiced in medical malpractice defense for the State of Indiana and a private law firm.  She is currently admitted to practice in Indiana and Illinois.   

Lorie founded Brown Law Office, P.C. in 1999 and began working as a legal nurse consultant and representing nurses and other healthcare providers before the licensing boards. 

In 2012, Lorie founded EmpoweredNurses.org, an organization designed to help nurses protect their licenses while learning to “speak their mind, stand in their power and to be a change agent to improve patient care”.

Lorie has authored three books:

Lorie was a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana State Nurses Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.  She has a weekly blog on either www.YourNurseAttorney.com or www.EmpoweredNurses.org. Her awesome YouTube channel is also well worth visiting.

Lorie has been a keynote speaker and speaker at many regional and national nursing organization conferences and is the author of numerous published articles. 


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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.