Florida nurse's video rant on bad flu season goes viral
04 February, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Inez Murphy
"If you don't have a true emergency this is not the time to come into the emergency room", Katherine Locklear, an emergency room nurse from Pensacola says in a viral video that has been shared more than 5.5 million times since Saturday. 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 vehicle after a long day of work to vent.
She added that between 25 to 30 patients are sitting for hours in the emergency waiting rooms. "Don't bring people with problems or kids because the flu affects them more aggressively".
The pièce de résistance of the whole video may be Lockler's "magic trick" in which she demonstrates sneezing into her elbow, a recommended way to prevent the spread of germs so your sleeve catches the germs, not your hands (or everyone else around you, if you didn't bother to cover your mouth at all).
"Let me show you again in slow motion!" she said, before doing it one more time.
Then Lockler dramatically fakes a sneeze into her arm.
A mother of four, Lockler conceded that her tone in the video fell off somewhat like a mother conversing with her young children, yet she didn't intend to undermine anybody's insight in the video.
Just don't go to the emergency room if you're healthy, she said.
Katherine Lockler has worked as a nurse for 10 years.
"I think there's a little bit of sarcasm in my voice because the instructions were given so many times and they were not received well", she told the News Journal. "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".
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