The petition, which had garnered almost 2,700 signatures by Friday morning, stated that the nurse "posted an awesome video to Facebook regarding the flu and how it is spread along with great tips on home treatment".
Emergency rooms across the country have become Ground Zero locations in the deadly flu epidemic.
"Some of them are not true emergencies but they are waiting along with the flu right next to them", she said.
A Florida nurse posted a video to her Facebook Jan. 27, highlighting the importance of flu prevention amid such a severe season, reports USA Today.
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". "Wash your stinking hands so you don't get all your babies sick!" Lockler stated, before putting on a show to sniffle into her arm as an exhibition on the most proficient method to confine the spreading of germs.
It continues, "Please sign this petition if you support ER Nurses and staff and the spreading of education during this frightful flu season".
"Give me a chance to demonstrate you again in moderate movement!" she stated, before doing it once again.More news: Cavaliers' Kevin Love out 2 months with broken left hand
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In an interview with the Pensecola News Journal, Lockler said she made the video to shed light on some common bad health behaviors she was seeing in the ER. Five flus walk in, 15 flus walk out!
She told the Pensacola News Journal that the video was meant to send a message from a health care professional's perspective. "If someone coughs near you and then you inhale it through your nose or through your mouth you can get the flu", she says.
"It's awesome to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand, and I watch no one grab the hand sanitizer that's only every three feet in the ER", she said.
"Watch this, I'm going to teach you a magic trick, it's unbelievable", Katherine says.
"Please don't bring your healthy children, especially your newborn babies, into the emergency room", says Lockler in the video, which has been shared more than 53,000 times since Saturday. "My hands didn't because it's awesome to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch".
"It is a cesspool of flu - a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now", she said in the video, explaining how - hypothetically - players on a softball team should not come to the hospital to visit a sick or injured teammate. "I wish this could be played on repeat in the waiting room", read one comment on Lockler's page, which was reflective of many. "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".
It's been a record-setting flu season in Northwest Florida and no one's too happy about it. It may not have been her intention, but she is thrilled that her important message is getting out.