Katherine Lockler had just come off a grueling, 12-hour night shift in the emergency room and had clearly grown tired of the poor hygiene habits she observed among visitors to the E.R.
While some people see the video as a rant about poor hygiene, Lockler says she saw it as a plea, for people to make better choices. "There is a cesspool of funky flu at the E.R. right now", Lockler said. Please don't bring in your healthy children, especially your newborn babies into the emergency room. "My hands didn't because it's wonderful to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch".
Since she posted the video to her Facebook page almost a week ago, Lockler has become a viral video star. She recorded this video about the trials and tribulations of combating the flu and the basic lack of awareness many people exhibit.
"Some of them (were not) true emergencies", Lockler said in the video.
In the almost seven-minute video, she also discusses easy flu prevention methods.
"Please don't come in and say 'I have a fever and I had one Tylenol and it didn't do nothing.'" she said.
Lockler's tone is sarcastic - she demonstrates the elbow sneezing in "slow motion" at one point - while still being informative about preventing the spread of flu.
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"Watch this. I'm going to teach you a magic trick". Lockler said, before pretending to sneeze into her arm as a demonstration on how to limit the spreading of germs. Oh, how she'll tell you.
"I just giggle", she said. "It's great. They'll be back", she added sarcastically.
"If a team member of a softball team is sick or injured, you do not bring the entire softball team in to check on them because guess what?"
Lockler told the News-Journal that her tone might have been condescending, but she was only trying to send a message. With the video gaining 5.5 million views and 109,000 shares in just a few days, it seems people are loving her frank advice. We are prepared for these numbers to continue rising as we have only hit the middle of flu season, said a spokesperson for the hospital. "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".
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".
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. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".