Cancer can be a scary diagnosis – which is why the role of an oncology social worker is so important. For the past four years, Amanda Kindred has been helping patients at Erlanger Health System by providing both practical and emotional support. “I help patients reduce barriers that may prevent them from getting the recommended treatment for their cancer,” Kindred explains. With her role encompassing everything from solving a transportation issue to referring a patient to counseling, no two days look alike for Kindred – but at the end of every day, she knows she’s following her passion of serving others. “Service and empathy are my greatest strengths,” she shares, “and I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love every day.”
“I love interacting with and building a relationship with the patients I serve.”
1. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
The happiest times for me in this profession are when patients successfully complete a goal they set, and we celebrate together.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Plan for the worst, hope for the best, and live in between those two in the present.
3. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
The key to making a great first impression is to be genuine and to sincerely want to hear what the other person is saying.
4. What influenced you to pursue your career?
My grandfather was a mailman and got to know the individuals on his route, and I was influenced by how he helped those individuals with their groceries and other needs. He then became a volunteer chaplain at the jail, and I knew I too wanted to help people.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your patients?
I believe that all individuals are created by our Creator and deserve love and care, just as our Creator shows to us.
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