Negligent Homicide and Just Culture Assessment

Current Articles


April 4, 2022
In the wake of these convictions, police officers and healthcare providers alike have expressed a renewed fear that their own fallibility might earn them a prison term. This article is not a call to action for criminal justice reform, nor a root cause analysis of what transpired in each case. Rather, it is targeted

April 7, 2022
For a more detailed analysis of the events involving RaDonda Vaught, and an explanation of at-risk behavior, please refer to our earlier article (below) and to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices commentary about the trial in the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! at: www.ismp.org/node/30912 beginning April 7, 2022.

March 2, 2019
How could the State of Tennessee be prosecuting a nurse for what the safety community calls a medication error?

Given the dialogue, I thought it important to speak to this prosecution through the lens of a just culture. Within a just culture, should there be a call to criminally prosecute RaDonda Vaught for her role in the death of Charlene Murphey?