Since the start of the pandemic, health workers have been operating in difficult and grueling conditions, as they continue saving lives on the frontline. At the hospital where I work, staff must balance caring for patients with a limited supply of personal protective equipment, while keeping track of changing protocols, and working conditions.
I have been chronicling my experiences as a nurse during these times. While making space for new training, and worrying about everyone’s safety, my colleagues and I are in close contact with the virus. These factors add to the 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.
It is my hope that the public understands the emotional, and physical toll 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.
*This project was supported in part by the National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.
Featuring: Rosem Morton
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rosem Morton is a Filipina visual artist, nurse, and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Morton utilizes lens-based storytelling, and community engagement to examine intimacy, health, and resilience amidst the prevalence of gender violence and cultural displacement.
Morton is a National Geographic Explorer, who has spoken at numerous institutions, and whose work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, ProPublica, Reuters, NPR, and CNN. Morton is a member of Authority Collective, Women Photograph, and Women Photojournalists of Washington.