Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Florida nurse's video rant about hard flu season goes viral

Florida nurse's video rant about hard flu season goes viral

Katherine Lockler had just come off a grueling, 12-hour night shift in the emergency room and had clearly grown tired of the poor hygiene habits she observed among visitors to the E.R. In the humorous video titled "After Work Thoughts", which has more than 5 million views on Facebook, Lockler recounts recent moments in the hospital that have made her cringe, while of course changing the names to "protect the not-so-innocent".

So what got the Milton nurse so riled up?

In an interview with TCPalm, Lockler gave another example to expose some of the foolish business she's seen this flu season in the ER.

An Escambia County, Florida nurse's rant on this year's severe flu season has gone viral.

"Please don't bring your healthy children, especially your newborn babies, into the emergency room", says Lockler in the video, which has been shared more than 53,000 times since Saturday. "Also, on the off chance that you don't have what I call a true emergency, this would not be an opportunity to go to the emergency room".

"Some of them (were not) true emergencies", Lockler said in the video. Surprisingly perky, Locker recalled several instances she'd witnessed at work where people showed blatant disregard for the fact that they were spreading the flu. So guess what? Five flus came in, 15 flus walk out.

Hospitalizations for flu have reached their highest level in the United States for almost a decade, USA health officials said on Friday.

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She said 25 to 30 people often sit for hours in hospital waiting rooms as the worst cases get treated first.

Many Facebook users have commented on Lockler's video in praise.

She says people aren't following the basic steps to keep from getting sick, like using hand sanitizer.

Lockler also warned healthy people to avoid emergency rooms. "Watch this - I'm going to teach you all a magic trick".

A mother of four, Lockler conceded that her tone in the video fell off somewhat like a mother conversing with her young children, yet she didn't intend to undermine anybody's insight in the video.

"I think there's a little bit of sarcasm in my voice because the instructions were given so many times and they were not received well", Lockler told TCPalm. She went on to apologize to anyone offended by her tone, but insists that regardless of how she may have come off the message is still "right on the money".

The number of people visiting doctors with flu-like symptoms has risen to 6.6 per cent, which is reportedly the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic (which peaked at 7.7 per cent). Perhaps the most memorable moment of dialogue is when she advises people to simply wash their hands. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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