TBI: Nashville nurse charged with abuse, reckless homicide in patient’s death

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A registered nurse in Nashville has been charged in the death of a patient. 

According to TBI, agents began investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 76-year-old Charlene Murphey, who was a patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Authorities say actions taken by the nurse, 35-year-old Radonda Leanne Vaught, were responsible for Murphey’s abuse and death. 

Vaught is no longer employed with the hospital. She was arrested Monday on charges of one count of impaired adult abuse and one count of reckless homicide. 

The hospital released a statement. 

We learned today that a nurse formerly employed by VUMC has been arrested and criminally charged in connection with an incident that occurred in December 2017 in which a patient received medication not ordered for her and ultimately died,” said John Howser, Chief Communications Officer for VUMC.   “We have cooperated fully with regulatory and law enforcement agencies investigating the incident.  That includes providing background information about the event itself, along with physical evidence, requested health records information and other documents.

She was booked into the Davidson County Jail on $50,000 bond. 

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