Amy Durst, APN
Amy completed her undergraduate BSN in 2011, graduating from OSF Saint Francis College of Nursing. She returned to school and completed her Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner tract at the Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
I began my nursing career at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center on a medical/surgical floor. Hoping to gain more critical care experience I transitioned to the recovery room. I have cared for patients with varying acuities throughout the continuum of care.
I have a wonderfully supportive family. My husband Aaron and I were married in 2016. My two children are 11 years apart. I have a son, Mark, who was born in 2007 and a daughter, Evonie, who was born in 2017. I would be remiss not to mention my father, Albert, who has been constantly supporting me in reaching my career goals. A big thank you to my entire family for being so supportive.
Hobbies / Interests:
I love to read, workout, travel, and spend time with my family. I love attending my son’s sports activities and band concerts. I have yet to find anything that I enjoy as much as watching my children grow and learn.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
The use of genetics to create treatment plans involving immunotherapy has significantly advanced cancer treatments. This involves using the patient’s unique genetic code to ensure the right person, the right medication, and at the right time.
Why did you choose your field?
I chose oncology because of the inspiration, hope, and strength that patients with cancer continually amaze me with. I find that working with this patient population is inspiring. The amount of care and compassion that the providers at ILCC approach there patients with is a team that I can be proud to work with.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
I chose to stay in Central Illinois, because I was born and raised here. It is a great feeling to be able to care for those in my own community.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
A positive outlook can take you a long way in the battle against cancer. Know that you are never alone. If you ever need anything reach out and ask so that we have the opportunity to support you on your journey. It is a journey we would like to make with you as much as you would like us too.