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Nurses sleep at hospitals, carpool in snow to make sure to get to work during winter storms

Healthcare worker gets picked up in the snow
Posted at 4:54 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 21:51:29-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nurses and doctors are sleeping at the hospital due to snow, and coordinating rides with people who have 4 wheel drive.

Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown nurses Wesley Green and Tiffani Jones went all the way to Columbia to pick up a stranded associate who needed a ride to the hospital on Thursday.

“I have my husband’s 4x4 truck,” Green said, "We’ve all just done a great job of taking care of each other, and it really is like a family."

Even the Chief Operating Officers have been lending rides to doctors and nurses who requested help.

"It’s been really awesome. On our calls every morning that we do, we’re just getting names of people who need help, and everyone’s pitching in,” Tiffani Jones said, “And it’s been really cool to see the higher-ups come together and get out there, and help people too."

More than a hundred medical professionals have spent the night at the hospitals in recent days due to the weather according to a spokesperson.

"It’s amazing to see how dedicated the healthcare workers are, I think that we’ve seen that over the last year with the pandemic and everything that we’ve gone through," Green said.

Nurse Practitioner Tiffany Browne stayed at a hotel near Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West on Tuesday. "I normally drive to work... but ice... and I live on a hill," Browne said.

She's thankful for all the people who have given her a lift. Browne said, "To be honest, I was worried before but I feel secure knowing that these people are God sends, whether it’s my nurse, these jeepers, somebody’s taking their time out to take me to work... it’s made me feel secure," Browne said.