The role and function of the palliative care nurse practitioner in Israel

Yafa Haron, Anat Romem, Chaya Greenberger

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Background: Research studies emphasise the importance of the nurse practitioner (NP) role in the continuum of care, patient health outcomes, and the formation of a positive work environment. There are different reports about the extent of care delivered by the nurse practitioner in different fields of expertise and in different countries. Aim: To present the characteristics of nurse practitioners in Israel, the extent of the role and practice, activities, role responsibilities, and job satisfaction. Methods: A descriptive computerised survey targeted palliative care nurse practitioners (PCNP). The study included nurses from all regions and districts in Israel, regardless of the nurses' health maintenance organisation or hospital affiliations. Results: NPs reported performing fewer frequent physical assessments, medication prescriptions issued, and lab and imaging referrals. Conclusion: The complexity of the implementation of the NP role requires prior planning for role introduction, mentorship for the NP, and understanding of the interface between the NP and other professional staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-192
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Nurse practitioner in Israel
  • Palliative care
  • Scope of practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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