Florida nurse's video rant on bad flu season goes viral

Watch: Nurse Calls Hospital ER 'Cesspool Of Funky Flu' In Viral Video

In a video posted to her Facebook account after a 12-hour shift, Katherine Lockler of Milton, Florida, vented about how people have virtually no clue on how to prevent the flu.

It may sound like she's talking down to her audience, but that wasn't her intention, Lockler told the Pensacola News Journal. "If you don't have a true emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room", she says.

"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.

"I saw a dad with a toddler crawling on the floor in the emergency room, and I approached him, and I said, 'Hey dad, I do not feel that that's a wise decision, your child is being exposed to some really nasty germs on this emergency room floor, ' " she told the newspaper.

"Especially your newborn babies into the emergency room".

"Watch this, I'm going to teach you a magic trick, it's fantastic", Katherine says.

"They're waiting along with the flu right next to them so guess what?" Given the frustrating nature of her job, and the lack of basic common sense exhibited about public health, being sarcastic seems like a way to get the message across, especially if polite health and wellness posters apparently aren't doing the trick.

The clip has been polarizing, owing to Lockler's sarcastic inflection and animated facial expressions.

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Oh, and she also has a message for everyone yelling at her about the long wait in the emergency room these days: "If you ain't dying now, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer", she says.

"Also, rather than the father getting what a nurse of 10 years is imparting to him, he stated, 'Eh, it's no major ordeal, it'll construct his safe framework.' So there's an absence of comprehension and an absence of enthusiasm for recognizing what to do to secure themselves some of the time".

In the video, she describes the ER as a "cesspool of funky flu", so if you don't have an actual emergency, it's probably best to avoid any ER right now.

According to CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, there are most likely several weeks left of increasing flu activity this season.

Federal health officials said Friday 15 more children died of the flu over the past week and more states are reporting high levels of illness. Watch as a Florida nurse teaches us all about the flu.

Katherine Smith Lockler, of Milton, Florida, chose to air her frustration Saturday after finishing a 12-hour shift at the hospital, the Miami Herald reported.

Katherine ends by asking everyone to thank an ER nurse or doctor.

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

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