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Nurse Charged Over Failure to Properly Respond to Medication Error

LANSING – A nurse has been charged with causing serious physical and mental harm to a vulnerable adult, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

Beverly Ann Bratcher, 56, of Newaygo was charged in the 61st District Court in Kent County, with one count of second degree vulnerable adult abuse, a four-year felony.

The Department of Attorney General alleges that in December 2020, Bratcher was performing her duties as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and became aware that two incorrect medication doses were administered to a member of the home.  Bratcher had a duty to report the error to a supervisor or physician in a timely manner but failed to do so.   

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

Bratcher is scheduled to be arraigned via Zoom on September 14.

The Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud Division (HCFD) handled this case for the Department.  The HCFD is the federally certified Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for Michigan and it receives 75% of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $4,846,440 for the fiscal year 2022. The remaining 25% percent, totaling $1,615,478, is funded by the State of Michigan. 


Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Department does not provide booking photos.

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