RaDonda Vaught, a former Tennessee nurse, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation for making a fatal prescription mistake in 2017 that resulted in the death of one of her patients, Charlene Murphey.
RaDonda Vaught had committed a terrible, awful mistake, and the defendant has been subjected to the consequences. All charges against Vaught would be dismissed.
The RaDonda Vaughts story became a lightning rod for health-care employees after a jury found her guilty of criminally negligent homicide and maltreatment of an incapacitated adult.
On Thursday, nurses gathered outside the courthouse to applaud the decision not to sentence Vaught to prison.
According to David, a Georgia nurse, the verdict was probably the best conclusion from a worst-case scenario. Despite the fact that the judge should have said, "Were sorry, RaDonda."
Now, you can get rid of your medical license. You can now learn from your mistakes and become a great nurse. I mean, she isn''t even guilty of anything that the rest of us are incapable of doing daily.
RaDonda Vaught, a lawyer for Charlene Murphey, was charged with reckless homicide and brutal assault on an unwell adult in 2019. Late in December 2017, he died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Murphey, 75, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a brain injury. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor and she was about to be discharged from the hospital.
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Murphey was given a sedative called Versed to help her get her rest before being given a physical exam.
Charlene Murphey, a Gallatin resident, was waiting for a routine treatment at Vanderbilt Medical Center when she was murdered by a deadly dose of the wrong medication. According to investigators, Vaught intended to give Murphy a sedative for her satisfaction, but instead provided her with a different medication that induces paralysis.
Vaught claims to be dissatisfied with a safety feature on the automatic drug dispenser, leaving a number of warning signals in the period between when she grabbed the medication and when she gave it to the patient.
Vaught was described as a sloppy and uncaring nurse by prosecutors. She breached her training and lost patience during the trial.
Charlene Murphey''s death is a tragedy as RaDonda Vaught was not polite to pay attention to what she was doing, according to Assistant District Attorney Chad Jackson.
In 2017, a Vaughts attorney, Peter Strianse, said his client made a vile mistake. She was made a scapegoat for systemic failures in the drug stores at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Vaught informed the nursing board that she is aware that this patient is no longer alive. There will never be a day when I am not contemplating what I did.
The American Nurses Association issued a statement advising that the prosecution might set a precedent that puts patients at risk if criminalizing medical errors has a profound impact on reporting and process improvement.
Before Vaughts'' conviction, nurses and health care professionals attended a demonstration outside the courthouse. After, the crowd viewed the hearing procedures online.
According to Judge Jennifer Smith, the court received several letters, calls, and voicemails in the case of Vaughts. However, these statements cannot be considered in an sentence, because it would be unlawful.
Charlene''s daughter-in-law said: "We just feel like my mother-in-law was lost in all of this." Chandra Murphey said, adding that her family is just looking for peace and closure.
Chandra Murphey said that we forgive her and I''m unsure that jail time is an option for her.
I''ve lost a lot more than my nursing license and job. After that, I''ll never be the same. Mrs. Murphey died when she died, according to Vaught.
Vaught ended her sentence by pled with the judge to be harsh in her sentence. She will never be able to work in the medical industry again.
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Ankita Khanrah is a second-year student of the KIIT Deemed University, Bhubaneswar''s Master of Communication and Journalism (Integrated) program.