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Nurse charged in deadly drug-swap error pleads not guilty

NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – A Tennessee nurse charged with reckless homicide after a medication error killed a patient has pleaded not guilty.

The Nashville courtroom on Wednesday was filled with nurses in scrubs who came to support RaDonda Vaught during the short session. They also have a rally around her online, where she spent more than $72,000 for its legal costs.

According to a report on the accident, Vaught accidentally injected 75-year-old Charlene Murphey with the paralytic vecuronium in December 2017 instead of the sedative at Home.

The error came when the 35-year-old Vaught could not find at Home, in an automated dispensing cabinet and used a transfer. Then she typed in “FIVE” and grabbed the first drug that came.

After the hearing, Vaught’s lawyer called the charges against the nurse “fully understand.”

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This story has been edited to correct the spelling of the nurse’s first name RaDonda and to correct the cost for reckless murder.

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