GEM in Action
Amanda Fore PhD, RN, Healthcare Director
How do you define success for yourself?
Success to me is being the best version of myself so that I can be the best for others and for everything I do. I am a continuous improvement junky. Always reading, listening to podcasts / audiobooks, and trying new things to improve in every aspect of my life.
Do you have a favorite podcast, TED Talk, blog, book/author that inspires you professionally?
So many! It may sound funny, but some of my favorite books were books I was exposed to during grad school. I kept every single book I purchased and hope to someday have a huge library, and as I age, I plan to give the books that inspired me to others I have coached and mentored.
What’s an example of how failure in your life resulted in something great?
As a human who likes trying new things, I fail often; however, I never look at it as “failure”. To me, failure is not an option, it is simply the start of something else.
Tell me about how parenting teenage kids impacts your approach to advocacy.
As a parent of two teenagers, I have taught my kids that they must learn to advocate for themselves. Mom and Dad cannot always be around and speaking up is a critical. Don’t get me wrong, I have definitely been the mama bear in many situations. My daughter has no hearing in one ear; through the years, I have advocated for her in a number of ways (e.g., IEPs, 504 plans, recreational activities). And, yes, this has slowly transitioned into coaching her to advocate for herself.
What expertise or passion do you contribute to GEM?
My true passion is quality and safety in healthcare. Patients do not come to the hospital to get hurt. Preventable medical errors are often the result of system failures, poor communication, and lack of teamwork. I am passionate about studying, understanding, and improving the human factors that can make health care delivery better for everyone. Of particular relevance, I also strive to understand and prevent healthcare disparities and improve care for patients who cannot speak up for themselves.
How has your education and career experience prepared you to be an ACE (Advocate, Consultant and Educator) for the GEM Group?
I have been a Registered Nurse for over 15 years; the last 12 have been dedicated to Safety, Quality, and Risk. I have a Ph.D. in Nursing Quality and Safety, and I am a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality(CPHQ) and Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). I also serve as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and Washtenaw Community College. My previous positions have enabled me with change management skills, process improvement strategies, safety climate/culture assessment, and communication and teamwork education.
How would the rest of the GEM team describe you?
Intense, passionate, open-minded, and driven.
What is a current or past challenge that you have overcome or are working to overcome?
As a retired perfectionist, I have learned that there is no such thing. It can be a daily challenge; however, I now see it as a journey - a happy pursuit of excellence.
What fun fact might others not know about you?
I am a self-proclaimed nerd. I love data analysis, writing papers, and would attend college forever if they paid me instead of me having to pay them. I love learning new things! This extends well beyond my professional life. My hobbies include fitness and nutrition so I am always trying the next new thing (e.g., keto, crossfit, paleo, running; next is boxing).