Florida nurse's rant about 'funky flu' season goes viral

A Florida Panhandle nurse went on a rant about the flu and offers some common sense to the public

Lockler, a mother of four and a healthcare professional for almost 18 years, said she had just finished a 12-hour night shift when she recorded her almost seven-minute video, The Pensacola News-Journal reported.

Since she posted the video to her Facebook page almost a week ago, Lockler has become a viral video star.

Katherine told WKRG News 5 she's got no regrets about her sensational post: "I might've offended people but it went viral and good information, maybe because of the way I said it, has gotten to people who might not have gotten it", she told them. "And if you don't have what I would call a true emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room".

To close, Lockler said she gets "yelled at and cussed at" a lot because people are upset with how long they have to wait.

"I saw a father with a little child creeping on the floor in the emergency room and I moved toward him and I stated, 'Hello father, I don't feel that that is an insightful choice, your kid is being presented to some extremely bad germs on this emergency room floor, '" Lockler said.

Some portion of what's influenced the nearly seven-minute-to long video so polarizing was the snide enunciation and energized outward appearances and signals Lockler utilized now and again to express what is on her mind. People aren't washing their "stinking hands", to borrow Lockler's turn of phrase, and they aren't use hand sanitizer stations that, if you've ever been to a hospital, you know are pretty much everywher.

The video has racked up more than 2.7 million views on Facebook.

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She added that between 25 to 30 patients are sitting for hours in the emergency waiting rooms.

The ER nurse, still wearing her blue scrubs as she sits in her vehicle, said the flu "is spreading like wildfire". Lockler speaks to her audience in an upbeat, animated tone that veers between sarcasm and a mother lecturing a small child.

"Some of them are not true emergencies but they are waiting along with the flu right next to them", she said. So guess what? Five flu's came in, 15 flu's walk out. "It's unbelievable", she said as she then pretends to sneeze into her arm.

"It's wonderful to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand, and I watch no one grab the hand sanitizer that's only every three feet in the ER", she said.

"Watch this, I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, it's wonderful", she said.

So if you see a doctor or nurse, thank them for the work they're doing, Lockler asked. But there are probably several weeks left of increasing flu activity this season, she warned.

"I just giggle", she said. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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