Well then you'd know, despite your comment about intent, that intent is not the issue. We can agree there was no intent to kill and still disagree that she is guilty of reckless homicide.
Based on the criteria for reckless homicide that people have posted, I disagree she should be found guilty of it in spite of all the 7 or 8 ways you pointed out that she erred. I agree with you the ways she erred. I just don't think it makes her a criminal from how the law could be interpreted. Yes, law is subjective. And I don't see her many failings as willfully zipping past 8 safety measures, though I understand why you do. I instead view it as one tragic, fallacious failing: hurry and grab-the-med-I-know-is-right-administer-it-and-leave-because-I-know-patient-is-ok (I use the word "know" because have you ever had the experience of "knowing" and found out later you were wrong?) I believe the nurse "knew" she grabbed the right medicine and erroneously "knew" she didn't need to monitor after. I believe it's possible she was being mindless for, what 30 min. to an hour?, based on circumstances we aren't imagining and will never know -- which does not excuse her from nursing accountability but could very well excuse her from criminality if the court interprets the law as it could be interpreted.
I don't believe drunk driving compares to a nurse who skips the medication rights. To realize as a nurse that you are in over your head and to avoid situations where you are, and to realize as a nurse you aren't being conscious enough in the very moments you became mindless due to [insert whatever could make you mindless, e.g. fatigue, distraction, pressure from management, etc.] -- you must be experienced enough to have learned the critical lesson that by striving to be a good worker you very well might be failing to be a good nurse.
We don't know what she actually cared about and what led her to fail in all the ways she did. By 'mistake' we mean she did not intend to kill that patient. No, intent is not a criteria for being guilty of the 'reckless homicide' charge but I think 'awareness' is, right? "Purposely bypassed"...I doubt it. To be done "purposely" means she did it deliberately, right? I don't believe she deliberately (which my dictionary defines as: 'consciously'; 'in a careful and unhurried way') bypassed seven check points. I believe she did the opposite. That is, I believe she very unconsciously, in a very careless and hurried way, skipped the safety checks.
I hope you're right that no time is served, but I hope you're wrong that she will be convicted a felon. I hope there is a chance the law will be interpreted in the way I have described.
Well, I'm glad no circumstances such as understaffing could cause you to skip the rights of medication administration. I hope we all become as flawless in that way as you are. She wasn't a new grad but still did not have a heck of a lot of experience IMHO.
Then let the limit be this. If a nurse is working in a safe working environment, given a safe work load, and safe work expectations, and if being a "good worker" means the same thing as being a "good nurse" in the facility -- if all that is the reality, and yet the nurse errs in a way that she is solely to blame...Well, then perhaps. I'm of the mindset that we should find remedial solutions rather than criminalize non-violent people anyways, but that's another topic.
No, I think overload of policies and too many alarms, signs, extra steps to jump through, etc. are often part of the problem. I'm advocating for this nurse to not be found guilty of criminal charges.
Consider the possibility, however remote in your mind, that she did give a flip about all patients and it wasn't because she didn't give a flip that she so badly erred. And if you are going to rally around criminal charges for a nurse, pick a nurse who intentionally killed a patient.