Plucky nurse's flu video goes viral


After a 12-hour night shift, nurse Katherine Lockler of Milton, Florida, was so frustrated with the ways some people have handled the flu outbreak that she recorded a Facebook video on Saturday from her vehicle titled "After Work Thoughts", in which she highlighted the increasing risk of catching the flu and also shared some useful advice to avoid getting yourself, and other people sick.

"And wash your stinking hands so you don't make your babies sick!"

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. She says that not only exposed the other players, but everyone they come into contact with. Doctors say if a person seemed to be getting better from the flu and then suddenly takes a turn for the worse, that's a sign they need medical attention right away.

"Kindly don't bring your solid youngsters - particularly your infants - into the emergency room", Lockler said in the video. "My hands didn't because it's fantastic to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch".

"It's wonderful how many people have no Common Sense!"

The video on Facebook has been seen more than 4.9 million times shared just about 100,000 times. Her reasoning? If you go in there for one ailment, you'll probably catch another, namely the flu.

Flu season is well under way, bringing with it plenty of people suffering through terrible symptoms, and even more medical professionals wishing that the general public would take better safety precautions. "I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, it's awesome".

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"Some of them (were not) true emergencies", Lockler said in the video.

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.

A mother of four, Lockler admitted that her tone in the video came off a bit like a mother talking to her young kids, but she did not mean to undermine anyone's intelligence in the video.

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.

"If you're not aware of how the flu is spread, the only way you can get it is through your eyes, your nose or your mouth", said Lockler, from Milton, Florida. "I tend to be sarcastic in all my speaking, but if it's taken wrong I would definitely apologize to that group that misheard my message because of my tone".

"Please don't bring your healthy children - especially your newborn babies - into the emergency room", Lockler said in the video. "Glad you're educating people and everything you said is true".

And the message is indeed right on the money, especially this flu season. "We're putting ourselves in the thick of some nasty germs to help".