This great-grandmother wants to end ‘the dirty little secret of nursing’
Republished from The Boston Globe | Originally By Bella English
Sheila Wilson feels blessed to have what she considers the best career in the world: nursing. At 73, she has no plans to retire and is still doing per diem jobs.But over the decades, the Quincy native, who has worked in hospitals, clinics, and shelters, has witnessed what she calls “the dirty little secret of nursing.” It’s workplace violence against healthcare providers, which studies show has spiked in the past decade.Wilson, who co-founded Stop Healthcare Violence, a nonproft aimed at providing a safe workplace for providers, has been lobbying the Legislature to strengthen penalties. The pending bill would make Massachusetts the 34th state to increase penalties for assaults on healthcare workers, from misdemeanors to felonies.