Nurse who killed patient with wrong medicine loses nursing license

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman who gave a fatal dose of the wrong medicine to a patient has lost her nursing license.

>> Read more trending news

In December 2017, Radonda Vaught, a former nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, gave Charlene Murphey, vecuronium bromide, which can cause paralysis, rather than Versed, a sedative used to treat anxiety, WSMV reported.

Vaught pulled the wrong drug from an electronic medication cabinet, the Tennessean reported. An error happened because Vaught was searching for a drug by its brand name and the machine was set to find drugs by their generic names. She used an override feature when she couldn’t find Versed and chose the wrong medication by mistake.

Murphey, 75, died from the mix-up.

Vaught was fired from the hospital Jan. 3, 2018. A grand jury indicted her in 2019 on charges of impaired adult abuse and reckless homeless, WTVF reported. Her criminal trial starts next year.

Investigators said Vaught ignored at least 10 separate red flags that were raised while searching and administering the medicine.

Vaught’s nursing license was revoked during a Friday hearing by the state Board of Nursing, WTVF reported. She was also fined $3,000.

During the hearing, Vaught admitted to making a mistake but said the error was made because of flawed procedures at the hospital, the Tennessean reported.

“I won’t ever be the same person,” Vaught said through tears at the hearing. “When I started being a nurse, I told myself that I wanted to take care of people the way I would want my grandmother to be taken care of. I would have never wanted something like this to happen to her, or anyone that I loved, or anyone that I don’t even know. I know the reason that this patient is no longer here is because of me.”

The Tennessee Board of Health unanimously voted to revoke Vaught's license, ending her ability to work as a nurse, and fined her $3,000.

Posted by Tennessean on Friday, July 23, 2021
On Air102.5 The Bone - Real. Raw. Radio. Logo

    The Latest BoneTV On Demand

    This September, Riverside Recovery and CMG will partner for National Recovery Month. Together, we will break the stigma and increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance abuse disorders.

    Hang with Bone Fantasy Live featuring Johnny B, Mike O, and Ben Swig as they go live each Sunday from 11am - 1pm

    Drew and John had local artists design their own custom shirts and you can pick one up for a $50 donation to the Down Syndrome Association of Tampa Bay!

    Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, especially here in Florida. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water.

    mobile apps

    Everything you love about and more! Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app.

    amazon alexa

    Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!