As Mandy Carlisle sat bedside while hospice caregivers tended to her father, she was certainly not thinking of her career. She had been a hospice nurse for several years but in those difficult moments her perspective changed. Nursing ceased to be a career and became Carlisle’s calling.
“As a hospice caregiver, there is honor in what we get to do for people before they die,” said Carlisle. “The experience with my father provided a different, more compassionate perspective on hospice patients and their families and created a desire within me to care for them the way they desired to be cared for.”
Carlisle’s career began as a certified nursing assistant in a hospital and longterm care facility. At the same time, Carlisle attended South Florida State College in Avon Park to become a licensed practical nurse.
The Sebring woman eventually joined the medical team at Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care and decided to pursue a Registered Nurse degree. Her dedication to her patients ultimately resulted in Carlisle recently being named Cornerstone Hospice’s Patient Care Supervisor in Hardee and Highlands counties.
“Mandy has laid a solid foundation for a successful career with Cornerstone and she is an exceptional nurse leader.” said Deborah Harley, MSW, Executive Director of Cornerstone Hospice in Polk, Highlands, Hardee counties.
In her new role, Carlisle supervises the nurses and staff who deal directly with hospice patients in their homes, in the hospital or in a long-term care facility. She also educates members of the community about the benefits of hospice care.
“I grew up in Highlands County and the opportunity to care for friends, former teachers, neighbors is such an honor. We come into people’s homes at such a difficult time and the level of trust that comes from that is unmatched.” Carlisle said. “I have such a great team of hospice caregivers and it is a pleasure to supervise them.”
Carlisle resides in Sebring with her husband and three children.
Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., a not-for-profit, community organization since 1984, provides comfort and care to Central Florida families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 888-728-6234 or visit http://www.cornerstonehospice.org.