NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Vanderbilt nurse RaDonda Vaught was sentenced to three years of supervised probation in a Davidson County courtroom Friday after she was found guilty of negligent homicide in the 2017 death of Charlene Murphey, 75 year old.
Vaught’s probation will be administered with judicial adjustment, meaning her conviction can be dismissed after a period of successful probation.
She was found guilty by a jury in March of two counts. On the charge of reckless murder, she was found guilty of a lesser charge of negligent homicide and abusing a weakened adult.
Vaught is charged with administering the wrong dose of the fatal drug. She admitted to using the wrong drug but pleaded not guilty in 2019.
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Charlene Murphey, of Gallatin, was waiting for a standard scan at Vanderbilt Medical Center in 2017 when she died from taking the wrong medication. Investigators found Vaught was believed to have been sedated to put her at ease, but instead she allegedly gave Murphy another numbing medication.
Vaught has said she was “distracted” when she overridden a safety feature on an automatic drug dispenser, failing to get some red marks between the time she took the medication and gave it to the patient. .
The Murpheys forgave Vaught four years later, but are still searching for peace.
“We forgave her. My mother-in-law wanted her to be forgiven and jail time was not an option for her. For the past four and a half years, our family has been waiting and it’s been great to hear ‘I’m sorry’ coming out of her mouth but that hasn’t happened,” Chandra Murphey said from the stands.
Vaught wept for much of her testimony, apologizing to her family shortly after she took a stand and reassuring them that Charlene Murphey would never be forgotten.
“Words will never fully express my regret and grief over my actions in the gruesome death of Charlene Murphey,” cried Vaught.
Vaught’s case has attracted national attention on social media with hundreds of thousands of people following the trial.
Following the ruling, the American Nurses Association released a statement saying the trial could set a precedent that would ultimately endanger patients if the criminalization of medical errors had “a cold impact on reporting and process improvement”.
A protest was organized by nurses and healthcare workers on Friday outside the courthouse before Vaught was sentencing, with crowds watching the hearing proceedings online after the protest.
Judge Jennifer Smith said the court received numerous letters, calls and voicemails related to Vaught’s case but they could not be considered in sentencing because it would be inappropriate.
Murphey family members stood in the witness stand. Michael Murphey, Charlene’s son, said: “Knowing my mother and her character, she wouldn’t want to see her go to jail. She is a very forgiving person. My dad wanted her to reach the maximum. “
Charlene’s daughter-in-law Chandra Murphey said “we just felt like my mother-in-law was missing in all of this”, adding that her family just wanted peace and closure.
Chandra Murphey said: “We forgave her and jail time was not my choice for her.
Many of the nurses who worked with Vaught later stood up to demonstrate her professionalism as a nurse and qualities as a friend.
Vaught later stood in court and issued a lengthy apology to the Murphey family along with her own personal statement about how the case has affected her as a nurse and a child. People.
“I lost more than my license and my nursing career. I will never be that person. When Mrs Murphey died, a part of me died with her,” Vaught said.
Vaught ended her statement by asking the judge for leniency in her sentence. She could never work in the medical field again.
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