AMSN Statement on RaDonda Vaught


Medical errors are common, unfortunately

On Friday, March 25, 2022, RaDonda Vaught was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and impaired adult abuse following a 2017 drug administration error that resulted in the tragic death of a patient undergoing a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses agrees with both the American Nurses Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association that the verdict in the case against Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurse RaDonda Vaught is distressing and dangerously criminalizes human error in health care.

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