Don't be flu-clueless; listen to this nurse

A cesspool of funky flu: ER nurse goes on epic rant about flu season

Lockler, a mother of four and a healthcare professional for almost 18 years, said she had just finished a 12-hour night shift when she recorded her almost seven-minute video, The Pensacola News-Journal reported.

To start, she chastised those who bring extra people to the hospital saying it's "a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now".

"The biggest problem for me was seeing people come in to visit and not only being exposed to this bad flu virus, but not taking the correct precautions to get themselves disinfected before going out in the world", she said.

A Florida nurse working to combat "a cesspool of funky flu" in the emergency room has gained widespread attention from a viral video on social media urging people to take precautions to avoid influenza. "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.

And also, maybe don't come if you're not really experiencing "a true emergency", she added.

The video garnered more than 4 million views on Facebook at the time of publishing this story.

In an interview with TCPalm, Lockler gave another example to expose some of the foolish business she's seen this flu season in the ER. In a briefing Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu outbreak is responsible for at least 53 child deaths so far this season.

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"Watch this, I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, it's unbelievable!"

"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.

And the message is indeed right on the money, especially this flu season. She uses a sarcastic tone and animated facial expressions at times to get her point across. "And instead of the dad receiving what a nurse of 10 years is sharing with him, he said, 'Eh, it's no big deal, it'll build his immune system.' So there's a lack of understanding and a lack of interest in knowing what to do to protect themselves sometimes".

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. "Because guess what?" Lockler said.

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. 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.

So she took to Facebook to deliver her message, bluntly telling viewers to "wash your stinking hands!". "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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