Radonda Vaught Sentenced

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hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

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On 5/13/2022 at 4:19 PM, ThePrincessBride said:

But that was a risk with charging her in the first place. And now she has a criminal record. 

She committed criminally negligent homicide and the conviction will ensure that she never works as a nurse again in any state

Wuzzie

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59 minutes ago, hppygr8ful said:

She committed criminally negligent homicide and the conviction will ensure that she never works as a nurse again in any state

Unfortunately, as TNButterfly pointed out, her record could be expunged in 3 years which means getting her license back is entirely possible. I did not understand that at first. 😳

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

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16 minutes ago, Wuzzie said:

Unfortunately, as TNButterfly pointed out, her record could be expunged in 3 years which means getting her license back is entirely possible. I did not understand that at first. 😳

Even if she somehow gets her license back, the publicity is going to ensure that prospective employers will know who she is and what she did, expunged record or not. I doubt there are many who would be willing to take her on. 

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@Rose_Queen I certainly hope so but I don’t have much confidence in the TBON or the nursing community at the moment. 

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I read on the Nurse's with Cards facebook post about this. I'm surprised at how many people there want RaDonna to get her license back. 

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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14 hours ago, hppygr8ful said:

She committed criminally negligent homicide and the conviction will ensure that she never works as a nurse again in any state

Her license is gone and her reputation is ruined. You can't practice without a license so these charges were unnecessary. 

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

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8 minutes ago, ThePrincessBride said:

Her license is gone and her reputation is ruined. You can't practice without a license so these charges were unnecessary. 

Except the TN BON took no action on her license until after the charges were filed. They did an “investigation” and did nothing at first. 

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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On 5/14/2022 at 8:21 AM, Wuzzie said:

Given the fact that the TBON screwed up so massively when this was first brought to them I find their competence to be suspect. The fact that you used the terms “most likely” is the reason. But now seeing what TNButterfly posted I am certain that RV will bid for reinstatement and it will probably happen which makes me sick. 
She isn’t the first nurse charged and convicted for egregiously negligent practice involving a medication. I’m not sure why everyone is making this THE seminal case. The nursing community could not have possibly picked a worse poster child to represent us. She certainly doesn’t represent me. 

I agree the BON royally screwed up. She should have had her license yanked immediately after the error was reported.

And I totally understand why you think she needed to be charged. 

I'm just concerned about the consequences. I have made errors before. Granted, nothing that even remotely harmed a patient, but I still messed up. And I always am careful when I am doing my med pass. But I remember the days where I would have 6 or 7 med-surg patients and feel overwhelmed,  pressured to work faster and cut corners and I can totally see a devastating med error happening due to unsafe working environments. 

It is frightening to me that I could go to prison for making an honest mistake. And unlike Radonda, my black butt would have had the book thrown at me and the key thrown away...there would be no probation for me...only years of prison.

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Just now, ThePrincessBride said:

It is frightening to me that I could go to prison for making an honest mistake.

Have you read the CMS and TBI reports? This is nowhere near your run of the mill med error. This is not a precedent setting case. 

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1 minute ago, Rose_Queen said:

Except the TN BON took no action on her license until after the charges were filed. They did an “investigation” and did nothing at first. 

In my opinion the Tennessee Board of Nursing has shown itself to be just another bureaucratic entity shuffling paper work around and making themselves useless.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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1 minute ago, Rose_Queen said:

Except the TN BON took no action on her license until after the charges were filed. They did an “investigation” and did nothing at first. 

And they messed up horribly. She should have had her license taken immediately.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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1 minute ago, Rose_Queen said:

Have you read the CMS and TBI reports? This is nowhere near your run of the mill med error. This is not a precedent setting case. 

I'm aware of the case but I am also looking at the case through the eyes of a Black woman and I know if I made an error not even as egregious as RV, I would have been destroyed. Because let's face it, the criminal justice system is known to punish POC more harshly.