NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The healthcare group is seeing an influence after former Nashville nurse RaDonda Vaught was convicted within the demise of a affected person for a prescription drug mix-up.
Annie Kirby mentioned that she has labored at numerous hospitals throughout Middle Tennessee as a Registered Nurse, most lately on the St. Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery. “I turned in my notice last Wednesday,” defined Kirby.
She mentioned it was a troublesome determination as a single mom whose been working within the nursing group for practically 15 years. “[I] primarily worked in intensive care settings; neuro ICU, cardiac ICU, PACU, surgical and medical ICU. Fifteen years of my life devoted to this; early mornings, late nights, overtime.”
It was a ardour Kirby fell into early on, with nursing changing into a part of her identification. “I’ve been called into medicine since I was little and really enjoy helping people and getting the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and using my skills and knowledge to do that.”
It’s a calling that she has reluctantly stepped away from after a jury discovered former Vanderbilt nurse RaDonda Vaught responsible on two counts, together with criminally negligent murder for a deadly treatment mix-up.
“I didn’t think they would convict her, it was emotional and then I thought what is next? This is a very slippery slope. If I forget to put a bed rail up and walk out of my room and my confused patient gets up and falls and ends up dying from that, am I facing criminal charges because we were short-staffed and overwhelmed and I just forgot? Where does the line end now? Where are we headed and it didn’t feel like it was anywhere good and that was very scary,” mentioned Kirby.
The thought that she may very well be held criminally accountable scared Kirby out of her profession. “I didn’t go into nursing thinking I could be arrested and placed in jail, taken away from my family and everyone I love.”
She mentioned she isn’t alone. Kirby posted her considerations on social media, alongside along with her determination to go away the nursing area, and numerous others responded that they’re doing the identical.
“The response was overwhelming. Multiple people said yes they had left altogether, many many more are leaving bedside or are planning to leave bedside nursing,” mentioned Kirby.
The repercussions are wide-reaching on this case, she mentioned impacting anybody that seeks healthcare. “You are going to have nurses who don’t want to come forward and admit errors and admit mistakes when you have the consideration of potential jail time facing you for a mistake, an accident, a lapse in attention, are you going to be quite so willing to come forth with that information knowing that it’s not just losing your job, it’s not just losing your license, it’s not just facing potential civil charges, it’s now criminal and that’s a whole different level that’s going to cause people to hide or to not come forward with mistakes.”
Kirby added that may finally influence the system that allowed the error to occur within the first place, opening up the chance for a similar mistake to occur once more.
News 2 reached out to the Tennessee Nurses Association, in addition to the American Nurses Association to see if they’ve seen an identical development of nurses resigning. A spokesperson responded saying they will’t present particular examples of nurses quitting following the decision, however that the ruling could have a long-lasting destructive influence on the occupation.
A Facebook group organizing a march for RaDonda Vaught forward of her May 13 sentencing has already garnered greater than 10,000 members.