My name is RaDonda Vaught, I am a nurse in Nashville TN. I have been indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury & subsequently arrested by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on charges of Reckless Homicide & Impaired Adult Abuse in connection with an incident that occurred while I was working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in December of 2017.
I am limited in what I say, because it can now be used against me in a court of law.
I want to profess that I am experiencing a world of emotions, beyond words. The expressions of peoples' kindness, support, and most significantly, the willingness to forgive are simply unfathomable... I cannot begin to describe it. I want to convey my everlasting gratitude to everyone who has reached out to me in some form or another via calls, texts, visits, prayers, emails, cards, care packages, messages, comments & sending of their support through others close to me.
It was suggested by both the leadership of "Show Me Your Stethoscope" as well as many friends, family & even complete strangers, that I create this fund raiser for my legal council, so that nurses everywhere can show their support if they desire to do so. Many feel very strongly that setting the precedent that nurses should be indicted and incarcerated for inadvertent medical errors is dangerous.
The many details of this incident deserve to be properly reviewed and addressed so that we all have an opportunity to learn from my mistake and create changes that will ensure the safety of all future patients as well as maintaining the future honesty, integrity & safe practices of all nurses. However, now that this is a criminal matter, I must place my trust in the justice system and allow it to be handled in that realm. Therefore funds donated will go towards obtaining the best legal council available.
Those of you who know me well know that both myself and my husband Ed are not the ones to ask for help. We have always been blessed and fortunate to be on the other end of the spectrum, where helping people is something we are more comfortable & familiar with. It is humbling to say the least to admit that despite being responsible and making good financial decisions, we now find ourselves in this position. I am on unpaid temporary suspension from my job & given the circumstances surrounding this case, I do not foresee being able to return to work anytime soon.
I have already incurred the cost of bail. And we now know that incurring the cost of good criminal and administrative legal council is going to be substantial. My husband and I are willing & prepared to give up everything we have to fight this legal battle. With that said, it has been highly recommended by many around us that we initiate this account to offer some assistance that we undoubtably will need.
Thank you to all of you who have shown your love and support for us.