Amanda Cunningham, Registered Nurse, started working for Hospice of Southern Illinois in 2014. Since her start, she has become a wonderful caregiver for our patients and with her warm heart, support to many families. “I wasn’t sure if hospice would be “my thing,” but I wanted to find a career I could be passionate about and, hopefully, make a difference in people’s lives. Shortly after starting with Hospice of Southern Illinois, I realized it is the most gratifying job I have ever had. I am honored that patients and families allow me to be a part of some of the most private moments during their end-of-life journey.” She has found her hospice heart and that reflects in her care, getting to know those she cares for and their specific needs.
Amanda loves being able to take the time and provide the special type of care that a hospice patient needs and deserves. Her hospice heart reflects that. She takes pride in helping patients achieve the best quality of life for as long as they are with us. She adds, “When the time comes, I am just as grateful to be able to help give our patient comfort and the ability to die with dignity.”
When Amanda isn’t caring for patients, she enjoys time with her family at home, hanging out with her cat, 3 dogs and chickens. She also loves local music and art festivals, parks, waterfalls, swimming and hiking. Her favorite quote, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did for them. But people will never forget how you made them feel,” by Maya Angelou, represents how she cares and supports Hospice of Southern Illinois’ patients and families when she is working. We know being a hospice nurse is “Amanda’s thing” as she shares her hospice heart with grace and compassion, day in and day out. She is an asset to the team and we appreciate her service to those lives that she touches.