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Event date: 2/16/2021 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Export event
NASWIA Chapter
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Ethics and Culture Considerations at the End of Life

Workshop Outcomes & Objectives:

This ethics event will provide a general overview of ethics as it relates to end of life care. It will allow the participants to critically analyze their own practices regarding ethical decision-making processes, with emphases on culturally sensitive care, self-reflection, and personal bias.


Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have a better:

  • Understanding of the Catholic perspective of end of life care
  • Personal understanding of how they relate to their clients in relationship to their own bias.
  • Understanding of the ethics as it relates to end-of-life care.
  • Understanding of cultural sensitivity within the end-of-life care.

Presenters: Melanie Berte-Hickey holds a Master of Social Work from University of Iowa, and Masters in Pastoral Studies from St. University. At Briar Cliff University, Melanie works with students in both the online and campus Bachelor of Social Work programs. Prior to BCU, Melanie worked at St. Jude Hospice, where she was Vice President of Mission, Ethics and Benefits. Melanie holds a certification in Catholic Bioethics at the National Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, PA. Melanie is well versed and has expertise in grief and bereavement. Her passions are gerontology practices and meeting the needs of the aging population, especially as it relates to end-of-life care.

Lynnea Andersen is a Regional Administrator for Hospice of the Midwest Iowa and MN. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Social Work (Briar Cliff University) and Master of Social Work (University of Iowa). She is a member of the National Association of Social Work, Catholic Social Workers Association with Certification in Catholic Bio-Ethics through the National Catholic Bio-Ethics Center. Lynnea has 21 plus years’ experience in the field of Hospice Social Work and Hospice Administration. In addition to delivering numerous presentations on hospice and grief related issues in Iowa, Lynnea founded Hearts-n-Hooves, a day and overnight camp for grieving children.

If you have questions, please contact Kimberlee Gregory at 515.635.5184 or

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