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Ensign Medical Maze

Josephine Ensign

About the artist: 

Josephine Ensign teaches health policy and narrative medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her literary non-fiction essays have appeared in The Sun, The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Pulse, Silk Road, The Intima, The Examined Life Journal, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine, and in the nonfiction anthology, I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse (Lee Gutkind, Ed.). She writes the health policy and nursing blog Medical Margins.

About the artwork:

"This photograph is of an endless hospital hallway in the University of Washington Medical Center Health Sciences Building, where I teach and where I ended up as an inpatient in 2000, partially paralyzed by acute transverse myelitis. Even after twenty years of working in the giant academic medical complex (6 million square feet or so), I still find the medical maze literally and figuratively disorienting. I take photographs to interact with and inform my writing."

Visuals editor:

Justin Sanders

Comments   

# Susie Heideman 2015-09-22 17:07
...your experience and awareness...emp athy and insight ...to walk in our patients shoes... how awareness and compassion can and will imact our patients and each one of us providing heathcare...
Thank you, Josephine
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# Robert F. 2015-01-23 20:46
Awesome... the maze we work in must be awful to have to be a patient in.
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