That Sunday morning, I awakened much later than usual for me on a weekend day. I looked at my phone to see the multiple HICS and trauma alerts that had been activated. As I watched the news and felt the reality of the situation, my heart ached and was full of deep sadness for the LGBT community. I had worked as an RN in New York City when AIDS was discovered and knew firsthand in taking care of those afflicted with the disease the terrible discrimination and death faced by the gay community. And now the LGBT community had suffered again.
As many others, I wondered why I hadn’t been called in to help. I soon realized the appropriate Orlando Health team members had been present that morning to care for the immediate needs of the victims and their families. Through the culture of learning and simulation, these team members had been sufficiently prepared to appropriately treat and care for the patients.