A Portrait: Magdalena's Dream


  • Jennifer B. Averill R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N.,␣ Ph.D.

    1.   Jennifer B. Averill is Assistant Professor of Nursing, The University of New Mexico, College of Nursing, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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  Address correspondence to Jennifer B. Averill, The University of New Mexico, College of Nursing, 2502 Marble Avenue, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131–5688. E-mail: javerill@salud.unm.edu


A recent critical ethnographic study examined the effects of the health care system, historical exploitation, socioeconomic factors, and cultural values on retired migrant farm workers in northeastern Colorado. Combining ethnographic interviews, participant observation, photography, and critical analysis, study findings indicated a need to increase the cultural knowledge and collaborative efforts of health care providers. Emerging from the study, this article presents a creative composite vignette of retired migrant farm workers. The narrative and photograph offer testimony to the lived experience of these rural older Hispanic persons. The intent of the story is to provide the readers with deepened understanding of the hardships, social ostracism, economic challenges, personal hardiness, and cultural values that are characteristic of this special population.