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West Michigan nurse charged with abuse of Grand Rapids Home for Veterans resident

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56-year-old Beverly Ann Bratcher 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.

A nurse has been charged with causing serious physical and mental harm to a resident at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, after failing to report a medication mix up.

56-year-old Beverly Ann Bratcher 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 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 the department says she failed to do so.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges Thursday in a release saying:

“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.”

Nessel’s office notes a criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Bratcher is scheduled to be arraigned via Zoom on September 14.

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