Donning and Doffing
Story and photographs featured on National Geographic (Part 1, Part 2), on World Press Photo Witness, on Evoke and at Photoville 2020
Since the start of the pandemic, health workers have been operating in difficult conditions as they continue to save lives on the frontlines.
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 a nurse during these times. My colleagues and I are frequently in close contact with the virus that could infect us, our coworkers and our loved ones. Many of these factors add to the growing stress, grief and anxiety around and within me.
On my days off, my husband, an ICU nurse at a different hospital, and I 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 emotional and physical tolls on healthcare workers as we continue to take to care of patients while the novelty of the pandemic wears off and the crisis becomes normalized.