Rosem Morton

Donning and Doffing
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Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality: Philippines
Biography: Rosem Morton , born and raised in the Philippines,  is a documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow and a We, Women Photo... MORE
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Donning and Doffing
Copyright Rosem Morton 2022
Updated Jun 2021
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Topics Black and White, Conceptual, Covid-19, Documentary, Emotion, Epidemics, Essays, Family, Happiness, Health, Health worker, Health/Healing, Hope, iPhone, Joy, Love, Nurse, Nurses, Pandemics, Parenting & Family, Photography, Photojournalism, Spotlight
Donning and Doffing

Photographs and writing featured on
    -National Geographic (Part 1, Part 2) 
    -World Press Photo Witness
    -5W Magazine
    -Women Photograph 2020 Year in Pictures
    -National Geographic One Year Pandemic Reflections
Exhibited at Photoville 2020
Awarded the Pictures of the Year COVID-19 Personal Expression Finalist

Supported by The National Geographic Society

Donning and Doffing refers to the act of putting on and taking off personal protective equipment by health care workers.

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 partner, who is an intensive care unit nurse, and I 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.
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