Donning and Doffing
Donning and Doffing refers to the act of putting on and taking off personal protective equipment by health care workers.
Story and photographs
-supported by The National Geographic Society-awarded Pictures of the Year COVID-19 Personal Expression Finalist
-exhibited 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, we 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 and I, who is an intensive care unit nurse, try to relax and enjoy our time together, even if the mental and emotional toll of the crisis continues to linger.
It is my hope for the public to understand the emotional and physical costs 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.