Florida Nurse posted epic rant on Facebook on Flu season

Bryan Strickland
February 4, 2018

Lockler, who works at multiple emergency rooms in the Northwest Florida area, said she sat down in her auto after a 12-hour shift at work on Saturday with the intent to send a message from a health care professional's perspective.

The petition, which had garnered almost 2,700 signatures by Friday morning, stated that the nurse "posted an wonderful video to Facebook regarding the flu and how it is spread along with great tips on home treatment".

So what got the Milton nurse so riled up? Her reasoning? If you go in there for one ailment, you'll probably catch another, namely the flu.

To start, she chastised those who bring extra people to the hospital saying it's "a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now".

As flu season ramps up, a Florida nurse had a message for potential visitors to the emergency room: If it's not an emergency, don't show up.

"Please don't bring your healthy children - especially your newborn babies - into the emergency room", Ms. Lockler said in the video. "My hands didn't because it's awesome to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch".

"Some of them (were not) true emergencies", Lockler said in the video. Half of them don't realize that they have the flu yet. "But guess what? Five flues came in; 15 flues walk out".

Four hundred to 600 milligrams is an okay dosage for adults, she said.

Katherine Lockler warned healthy people to avoid emergency rooms
Katherine Lockler warned healthy people to avoid emergency rooms

Last weekend, Lockler posted a video on Facebook for her friends.

As is the case with most viral Internet videos, Lockler's recording, titled "After Work Thoughts", was received positively and negatively. "I'm gonna' teach ya'll a magic trick - it's wonderful". "Wash your stinking hands so you don't get all your babies sick".

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

Lockler's tone is sarcastic - she demonstrates the elbow sneezing in "slow motion" at one point - while still being informative about preventing the spread of flu. "Because guess what?" Lockler said.

So if you see a doctor or nurse, thank them for the work they're doing, Lockler asked. 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 Post's Lena Sun has reported that since the start of flu season in October, almost 12,000 people have been hospitalized - the highest number of those were adults older than 50 and children younger than 4, according to the most recent data from the CDC.

Slightly losing her patience as she described the current situation in a hospital emergency room she said: "Here are some ideas on how to treat the flu at home". "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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