March 29, 2022

ANA says conviction of Tennessee nurse sets dangerous precedent

Editor's Note

The American Nurses Association and Tennessee Nurses Association, on March 25, released a statement saying that the conviction of a former Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurse because of a fatal medication error made in 2017 sets a dangerous precedent.

In the statement, they said: “We are deeply distressed by this verdict and the harmful ramifications of criminalizing the honest reporting of mistakes.”

Former nurse RaDonda Vaught injected a 75-year-old woman with vercuronium that stopped her breathing instead of Versed for easing anxiety, according to a report by News Channel 5 Nashville. The patient had been hospitalized for a brain bleed.

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