The purpose of this presentation is to examine core values of the Latino culture and end-of-life perspectives to improve communications and care delivered to this segment of the population. Core cultural and religious values among Latinos will be contemplated to identify and address potential barriers encountered during communications, education, and the delivery of healthcare services. The presenter is Latinas, fully bilingual and multicultural. The goal is to provide the audience with a richer perspective of the Latino culture, specifically concerning the end of life. Tools necessary to improve culturally competent care and communications will be provided.
Ana Bendaña, MS, RN, CHPN holds a Master of Science in Thanatology, RN licenses from the states of Florida and Texas, and a Hospice and Palliative Nurse Certification (CHPN). Her passion focuses on designing and promoting thanatological education to communities, in general. Even though she was born in Gainesville, FL., being born in a multicultural family translated into life overseas with exposure to diverse cultures, especially, the Latino culture.
With thirty-two years of diverse experience in healthcare, Ana has served as a Labor & Delivery, Oncology and Hospice RN, Peace Corps Medical Officer, Executive Director for Operation Smile in Nicaragua, and Business Manager to a Medical Data Processing organization overseas.
At present, she is an Advance Care Planning Facilitator and Admissions Nurse and educator for a hospice organization in San Antonio, Texas. She also teaches as Adjunct Professor, at the College of the Professions, Thanatology Department, at Marian University’s Online Program. One of the goals of her course, Death, Dying and the Cultures, is “to facilitate the objective examination of individual, societal and global cross-cultural perspectives regarding death, dying and loss.” Recently, she founded EducatrixRn, a consulting organization striving to improve thanatological education and conversations. It is born out of the desire and passion for linking life with death
Ana has presented at national conferences, such as the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). She also presents thanatological topics at the local and international level to communities, universities, and organizations. This September, she is launching the first-weekend grief retreat ever in Nicaragua (Central America).
She is an active member of NHPCO’s Hispanic/Latino Hospice and Palliative Care Outreach Workgroup, ANA’s Advisory Group for Palliative & Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel, and member at the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair to its Diversity & Inclusion Committee.