A west Michigan nurse has been charged after allegedly failing to report a medication error involving a patient at an elderly care facility in Grand Rapids.

Beverly Ann Bratcher, 56, of Newaygo, is charged with one count of second degree vulnerable adult abuse, a four-year felony, after she allegedly failed to report that the patient was administered two incorrect medical doses in December 2020. 

The incident happened at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Bratcher was working as a licensed practical nurse at the time and had a duty to report the error but allegedly failed to do so.

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

Bratcher is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 14.

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