Nursing & Healthcare News
RaDonda Vaught Receives Probation
Former nurse will have the opportunity for her record to be expunged
The former Tennessee nurse recently convicted of two criminal charges in the 2017 death of a patient will not go to prison. On May 13, the judge sentenced RaDonda Vaught to three years’ probation.
Although the charges of which the jury convicted RaDonda Vaught in March — criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult — can carry a maximum sentence of eight years in prison, Judge Jennifer L. Smith took into account the consequences the former nurse has already suffered and the fact that Vaught “credibly expressed remorse” for the medication error that killed patient Charlene Murphey in December 2017.
Smith sentenced Vaught to three years’ probation and granted her a judicial diversion, which means Vaught’s conviction can be eventually be expunged if she fulfills the terms of her probation. Vaught lost her RN license in 2021.
Vaught’s case has become a cause célèbre for the nursing profession. Two hours before her sentencing hearing began on May 13, nurses from around the country gathered in Nashville Public Square Park to show their support. Many wore purple T-shirts emblazoned with the words “#IAmRaDonda.”