"Wash your stinkin hands so you don't get all your babies sick", she said in the video.
Katherine Lockler, or Kat as she's known to her patients, is an energetic nurse and mother of four who found herself in her vehicle recording a Facebook video after a 12-hour night shift. In the video she comically shares her experiences from the night before while offering some much-needed tips to those she witnessed breaking flu-spreading etiquette. "Please don't bring your healthy children in, especially your newborn baby into the emergency room", to visit other family members or friends who may be sick. "If you don't have what I call a true emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room".
In the almost seven-minute video, she also discusses easy flu prevention methods.
The clip has been polarizing, owing to Lockler's sarcastic inflection and animated facial expressions. "Watch this - I'm going to teach you all a magic trick". Lockler says, before pretending to sneeze into her arm to demonstrate how to minimize the risk of spreading the flu.
Slightly losing her patience as she described the current situation in a hospital emergency room she said: "Here are some ideas on how to treat the flu at home".
You heard the nurse.
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.
"Right now we have up to 25 to 30 patients sitting for hours in the emergency room waiting room and some of them are not true emergencies but they're waiting along with the flu right next to them", Lockler explains. (This happens every year, but it seems more real when it happens to you or somebody you know.) But the flu vaccine is still working. "But guess what? Five flues came in; 15 flues walk out".
Emergency rooms throughout the country and in the greater New Orleans area have been overwhelmed with flu patients.
"It's awesome how many people have no Common Sense!" "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". Half of them don't realize that they have the flu yet. The CDC reports that we're in the middle of the worst flu season in nearly a decade, with widespread cases of the infection in every state save for Hawaii.
At the end of the clip, after sharing tales of how ER nurses and doctors are cussed at by impatient patients, she asks ER visitors to "please thank an ER nurse and nurses and doctors who are taking care of sick people right now". It may not have been her intention, but she is thrilled that her important message is getting out. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".