In a video, which has been seen very almost 5 million times on Facebook, Katherine Lockler of Milton, Fla., shares her dissatisfaction over how people have taken care of the unusually brutal flu season. 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".
"There is a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now", Lockler says in the video.
And don't even get her started on the people who don't cover their nose when they sneeze. Lockler encourages people to wash their hands, and not to bring healthy kids to the ER.
She then demonstrated how to minimize the transmission of germs while sneezing, quipping, "Watch this - I'm going to teach you all a magic trick". "My hands didn't because it's incredible to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch". "Wash your stinking hands so you don't get all your babies sick". Lockler said, before pretending to sneeze into her arm as a demonstration on how to limit the spreading of germs. "I wish this could be played on repeat in the waiting room", read one comment on Lockler's page, which was reflective of many.
"Sounds like she is in the wrong field", wrote one Facebook user, Teresa Welsh, accusing Lockler of "talking down" to her intended audience.
Lockler said she has been most concerned with what she has seen in the hospital.More news: USA touts vision for free and prosperous Americas
Lockler also noted that she's been "yelled at and cussed at" by patients who complain about the wait time in the emergency room.
"It's unbelievable 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.
Locker who has worked as a nurse for 18 years told the Pensacola News Journal that she was pressed to upload the video after she saw the child crawling.
Following Lockler's video, an online petition is urging support for "ER Nurses and staff and the spreading of education during this frightful flu season". "The message is still right on the money, but if the tone was offensive, that was not the intention".
According to the latest estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been about 37 pediatric deaths related to the flu so far this season, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald reported on January 26 to reporters in a flu activity update.
"It's fantastic how many people have no Common Sense!"
Frustrated after a long shift, one ER nurse has gone viral for her frank take on educating people about avoiding the flu. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".