Ex-nurse sentenced to probation in patient medication death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee nurse whose medication error killed a patient has been sentenced to three years of probation.

RaDonda Vaught reacts to victim impact statements during her sentencing in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, May 13, 2022. Vaught was found guilty in March of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult after she accidentally administered the wrong medication. (Nicole Hester/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

Hundreds of health care workers rallied outside the Nashville courthouse Friday during the sentencing of RaDonda Vaught.

They say criminalizing honest hospital mistakes will lead to more deaths in hospitals because health care workers won’t be as forthcoming.

Vaught apologized to relatives of the victim, Charlene Murphey, and several said she wouldn’t have wanted to see her jailed.

Vaught was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult.

Many nurses who blame systemic problems and say the risk of prison has made nursing intolerable.

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