PETITION FOR EX-NURSE TO RECEIVE CLEMENCY REACHES OVER 100,000 SIGNATURES

Former nurse from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, RaDonda Vaught, was found guilty on two charges for an accidental injection death in 2017.

Vaught was put behind bars on charges of patient abuse and reckless homicide in February after an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of 75-year-old Charlene Murphey showed Vaught had been responsible.

A petition that began Saturday has already received over 100,000 signatures for Vaught to receive clemency. The petition has become one of the fastest-growing petitions on Change.org this month, according to Alaina Curry with Change.org.

Vaught pleaded not guilty to the medication error that eventually led to the death of a patient.

The petition argues that Vanderbilt failed to report the incident.

“RaDonda was honest with her mistake and took the necessary steps of reporting the incident,” said petition starter, Hannah McLaughlin. “Granting clemency for her mistake is absolutely what she deserves as she is the only person in this situation who has been upfront and honest.”

Nurses and medical professionals across the U.S. have voiced their concerns about criminalizing medical mistakes and nurses shared concerns with FOX 17 News about how this verdict will impact the medical community and possibly set a dangerous precedent.

“As a nurse, this sentencing means a lot of change for the nursing profession,” said petition signer, Marissa Waterman. “Mistakes happen when nurses are under pressure and not given proper equipment/staff to do their job. The hospital needs to be held accountable for trying to cover it up and not the RN who was honest.”

The Nashville District Attorney’s Office released an image of the cap that was on the medication that Vaught administered to Murphey. The cap issued a warning label that read, “warning: paralyzing agent.”

In an interview with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Vaught admitted that she had, “f—–d up” by giving Murphey Vecuronium Bromide instead of Versed which Murphey was prescribed for anxiety.

Vaught is expected to be sentenced in May.

You can view the petition here.

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