Student Spotlight: Anne-Marie Zamora
Anne-Marie is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been working as a nurse in a variety of settings for almost twenty years. She is currently a first-year master’s candidate at the LMU Bioethics Institute. Anne-Marie is interested in the bioethics of genetic editing, end of life issues, and justice in the distribution of health care resources.
How did you become interested in Bioethics?
I started thinking about bioethics over twenty years ago when I was in nursing school. As I interacted with patients, I wondered and worried about unnecessary medical treatment, or undertreatment, informed consent, equitable care, etc. I grew to see the challenges held in the intricate balancing act of the benefits and burdens of care. Over the past twenty years, I have grown to respect advancing biotechnologies that increase a patient’s quality of care in the hospital and improve their quality of life and dignity at home. Clinicians are faced with ethical issues every day, and the answers are not always crystal clear. Diverse perspectives are beneficial for examining bioethical issues in patient care and our global community.
Describe one of the best times you had as a child:
I was born on an island in Michigan, a mile from Canada, with a population of 500 in the winter and 1000 in the summer. House doors were never locked, neighbors took care of each other, and children ran around wild and barefoot, like a pack of wolves. We built forts in the woods, swam and sailed in the lake in the summer, and ice skated and built igloos in the winter. My three siblings and I created our world on that island. The idyllic outdoor freedom I experienced in my early ears encouraged me to be curious about the beauty of the natural world, something I still treasure as an adult.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy hiking and trail running with my cattle dog and going to the beach and camping with my daughters. I am a backward beekeeper, a lazy gardener, and I like watching good movies, eating good food, and drinking good beer.
What is your most significant accomplishment?
Being Mom to my two daughters —the best job I have ever had!