Michigan nurse charged after she didn’t report errors in elderly person’s medication, AG says

Beverly Bratcher charged with second-degree vulnerable adult abuse

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Michigan nurse is facing criminal charges after she didn’t report errors she noticed in an elderly person’s medication, officials said.

Beverly Ann Bratcher, 56, of Newaygo, was working at a Grand Rapids home for veterans in December 2020 when she realized two incorrect medication doses had been administered to someone in the home, state officials said.

Bratcher, a licensed practical nurse, had a duty to quickly report the errors to a supervisor or physician, but she didn’t do so, according to authorities.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Bratcher caused serious physical and mental harm to the patient.

“Caring for vulnerable adults is a significant responsibility that requires special care,” Nessel said. “Failure to fulfill that responsibility can have dire and even criminal consequences, and my department will not hesitate to act.”

Bratcher is charged with one count of second-degree vulnerable adult abuse, a four-year felony.

She is scheduled to be arraigned virtually on Sept. 14.

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