This photo is ‘tough to look at,’ but nurse Elise Wilson wants you to see it

Nurse Elise Wilson smiles after her ventilator and feeding tube were removed, a major step in her recovery from a workplace attack.
Nurse Elise Wilson. –Massachusetts Nurses Association

The Massachusetts Nurses Association posted a photo of Elise Wilson, a nurse who was stabbed multiple times at Southbridge’s Harrington Hospital last month, on Facebook Tuesday.

“This is a tough photo to look at. But RN Elise Wilson and her loved ones want the public to see the violence nurses and other health care professionals are experiencing. And they want it to stop,” the nurses union wrote.

“Elise is only smiling because she is grateful her ventilator and feeding tube have been removed,” the post continues.

On June 14, Wilson was stabbed multiple times by a patient in the hospital’s emergency room, according to authorities. The attack left her in critical condition.

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Wilson’s husband, Clifton Wilson, and colleagues will testify Wednesday before a committee at the State House in support of legislation proposed by the association “that requires health care employers to develop and implement individualized workplace violence prevention plans,” according to a release. The association has dubbed the legislation “Elise’s Law.”