Donning and Doffing Everyone has some familiarity about the grueling job, difficult conditions, and courageous work by health workers on the frontlines saving lives from the coronavirus pandemic.
At the hospital where I work, staff are balancing caring for patients with a limited supply of personal protective equipment, while trying to keep track of changing protocols and working conditions.
I have been chronicling my experiences as nurse during these times. From making space for additional training to worrying about everyone's safety, I, alongside my colleagues are in close contact with the virus every day. Many of these factors add to the grief and anxiety around and within me.
On my days off, my husband and I, a nurse at a different hospital, try to relax and enjoy our time together, even if the mental and emotional toll of the crisis lingers around us.
It is my hope for the public to understand the intimate lives of healthcare providers as we continue to take to care of patients while the novelty of the pandemic wears off and the crisis becomes normalized. Story and photographs featured on National Geographic Part 1 for National Geographic Part 2 for National Geographic