Do you know what happens at hospitals? What happens is called a Code white. That means when nurses report for duty, at the end of their shift they cannot go home. The hospitals become like a roach motels for nurses, they come in but cannot leave. Code white ospitals are packed with old ladies that went out to play in the snow, fell and broke their hips. Med Surg floors are crammed with car accident victims. Homeless guys found passed out on the street are brought in and they promptly go into DTs. Nurses that were supposed to come on duty cannot make it because the roads are frozen. This means all hands on deck. If you can make it to the hospital, that is where your duty is and where you will live until things thaw out. I worked at a 9 story hospital in Austin. Last time this happened I knew what was coming, a code white. I was supposed to be off for 4 days so I called and said I volunteer to come in but I need my own room, a closet or something, and my meals delivered to my room. They said OK . They had put 40 miserable cots in the basement for the nurses. There was a hospital wide pillow shortage. I returned to my room after a 16 hour shift and caught an intern coming out of my room with my pillow. I got it and beat him with it. This is one of my fondest memories.