The Nashville District Attorney’s Office issued a statement accompanying RaDonda Vaught’s conviction for criminally negligent homicide by a jury.
RaDonda Vaught is accused of administering a lethal overdose of the incorrect medication to 75-year-old Charlene Murphey in December of 2017.
Charlene Murphey, 75, was hoping for a routine scan at Vanderbilt University Medical Center when Vaught was expected to give her a sedative for her comfort, but instead gave her a separate medication that induces paralysis.
Murphey died 20 minutes after getting the medication.
The Nashville District Attorney’s Office published a picture of the cap that was on the meds that RaDonda Vaught gave to 75-year-old Charlene Murphey on Saturday. According to the Nashville District Attorney’s Office, the medication’s cap included a warning sticker that read “warning: paralyzing agent.”
The Nashville District Attorney’s Office, however, stated in a statement issued Saturday morning that the judgment was not a condemnation against the nursing field, but instead about the “gross neglect that was committed by RaDonda Vaught.”
The Nashville District Attorney’s Office issued the following statement:
“The jury’s conviction of Radonda Vaught was not an indictment against the nursing profession or the medical community. This case was, and always has been about the gross neglect by Radonda Vaught that caused the death of Charlene Murphey. This was not a ‘singular’ or ‘momentary’ mistake.
Multiple health care professionals were on the jury. The jury found a series of decisions were made by Vaught to ignore her nursing training, and instead, failed to adhere to safety protocols that proved to be fatal.
The jury felt this level of care was so far below the proper standard of a reasonable and prudent nurse that the verdict was justified.”
RaDonda Vaught’s sentencing date has been set for May 13.