Nurse's flu rant goes viral

"Watch this - I'm going to teach you all a magic trick".

Then Lockler dramatically fakes a sneeze into her arm.

Lockler said a major issue has been patients going into the emergency room for something they could've gone to a clinic for.

"It is a cesspool of flu - a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now", she said in the video, explaining how - hypothetically - players on a softball team should not come to the hospital to visit a sick or injured teammate.

AN EXHAUSTED nurse launched a brazen six minute Facebook tirade educating her social media followers on how they can stop spreading the flu virus because "it seems people aren't aware".

Lockler goes on to share ER horror stories, like the father who let his baby to crawl on the floor, and the softball coach who brought his whole team. "And if you don't have what I call a true emergency, this would not be a time to come to the emergency room".

"Please don't come in and say 'I have a fever and I had one Tylenol and it didn't do nothing.'" she said.




Lockler lives in Milton and works in several emergency rooms in Northwest Florida, where the flu is running high in numbers not seen since the 2009-10 flu season.

As is the case with most viral Internet videos, Lockler's recording, titled "After Work Thoughts", was received positively and negatively.

"I have a tendency to be mocking in all my talking, yet in the event that it's taken wrong I would apologize to that gathering that misheard my message in view of my tone. The message is still right on the money, but if the tone was offensive, that was not the intention".

According to the CDC, healthy people should avoid contact with those who are sick while sick people should limit contact with those who are healthy. The illness is widespread in 48 states and has killed more than 50 children.

She noted that half of the children who've been hospitalized with flu this season did not have underlying medical problems like asthma.

Flu season can be taxing for all of us, but it's especially hard for medical professionals who battle the virus itself not to mention a total lack of flu knowledge by the general population. Her post has been shared almost 60,000 times and the video views are over 3 million. The Florida Board of Nursing was not immediately able to verify that claim.

Katherine Lockler is nurse in Florida who, frustrated after an exhausting 12-hour shift, chose to post a video to social media in which she ranted about the flu season and offered up some hospital horror stories. Perhaps the most memorable moment of dialogue is when she advises people to simply wash their hands. "We're putting ourselves in the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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