Brenda Clarkson, RN, Executive Director
Virginia Association for Hospices & Palliative Care
Brenda Clarkson was born, raised, and educated as a nurse in England. She and her family have lived in the US since 1979. Her hospice career started as a volunteer in an English hospice in 1978, and she has worked exclusively in hospice while living in the US. Brenda’s career has taken her to almost every state in the US as a surveyor and consultant, and she has managed hospice programs in four states. She was the first nurse in the nation to be certified as a hospice nurse and her long career has provided the opportunity to engage in most hospice care nursing roles.
Brenda has presented on many aspects of end-of-life care at state, regional, national, and international conferences. She co-authored the book, The Heart of Hospice: Core Competencies for Reclaiming the Mystery, and in 2015 was honored by the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association as the recipient of the prestigious Vanguard Award.