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

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

One Florida emergency room nurse, Katherine Lockler, was feeling particularly frustrated after a 12-hour night shift. Her post has been shared almost 60,000 times and the video views are over 3 million.

So what got the Milton nurse so riled up? But there are probably several weeks left of increasing flu activity this season, she warned.

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. Don't you know that the otherwise well-intentioned adults are bringing their toddlers and softball teams into "a cesspool of funky flu at the ER" right now? Lockler encourages people to wash their hands, and not to bring healthy kids to the ER.

"Some of them are not true emergencies, but they're waiting along with the flu right next to them". By going to the hospital, they're exposing themselves to the flu. "But guess what? Five flues came in; 15 flues walk out".

Hospitalizations for flu have reached their highest level in the United States for almost a decade, US health officials said on Friday. She posted an fantastic video on Facebook regarding the flu and how it is spread along with great tips on home treatment. One local nurse has gotten so frustrated with the way some people have handled the abnormally harsh season that she recorded a video from her auto after a long day of work to vent.

Meanwhile, it's reported that Lockler has been reported to the Board of Registered Nursing and her hospital for the video, according to, but an in support of the nurse has been launched and has already gained over 3,300 supporters.

"Also wash your stinking hands so you don't get your babies sick", she adds.

"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.

Part of what's made the almost seven-minute-long video so polarizing was the sarcastic inflection and animated facial expressions and gestures Lockler used at times to get her point across. "I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, it's awesome". "And instead of the dad receiving what a nurse of 10 years is sharing with him, he said, 'Eh, it's no big deal, it'll build his immune system.' So there's a lack of understanding and a lack of interest in knowing what to do to protect themselves sometimes".

Lockler told the News-Journal that her tone might have been condescending, but she was only trying to send a message. "The message is still right on the money, but if the tone was offensive, that was not the intention".

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. "We're putting ourselves in the thick of some nasty germs to help".