President and CEO
Sheila Wilson, RN, BSN, MPH
Sheila Wilson is a registered nurse who has served in both clinical and administrative management positions, as well as executive leadership roles, for over 30 years. As a clinician and in-patient care manager, she has worked tirelessly with HIV/AIDS, TB and substance abuse patients, as well as under-served populations in the Boston area.
Ms. Wilson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Massachusetts, and her MPH from the School of Public Health at Boston University.
She conducts ongoing educational training and advocacy on a multitude of topics including her latest endeavor, workplace violence. Ms. Wilson serves on a number of boards and task force committees including the Substance Abuse Task Force at Carney Hospital and has received prestigious awards honoring her community service.
I have had one of the best careers in nursing that any nurse could ask for. While working in inpatient and outpatient settings of a Boston area community hospital, I realized that I wanted to do outreach work, and as such needed to immerse myself in many different areas in order to become more informed.
I first went to public detoxes and learned about drug and alcohol addiction and the best treatment at that time. I later started a hospital-based program called “alcohol recovery program.” I then went to ABCD and worked as the TB nurse for the housing developments of Boston. This position taught me not only about TB, but what roles outreach workers performed. The Information on TB, STDs and HIV was invaluable. After this job I transitioned to Women of Color Aids Council (WCAC ), where I worked as the coordinator. The clients taught me about homelessness, transgender, living in the gay/lesbian world and what it is like to be a working girl. This experience taught me to see beyond the individual standing in front of me.
I am now heading up a program called “Stop Healthcare Violence.” I am one of the cofounders and am now the President and CEO. I’m planting seeds to encourage healthcare workers to empower themselves against assault, and to spread the knowledge that assault in the workplace is not in any way “part of their job.”