Nurse Practitioners

Palliative care as with many other specialties has nurses working in advanced practice roles. The Nurse Practitioner role in palliative care has gained significant momentum over the last 10 years. To work as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) the nurse must be recognised as an advanced practitioner in palliative care, have completed a Masters level qualification and be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). [1]

Nurse Practitioners provide a unique and highly advance nursing skill set, their roles within palliative care are commonly aimed at working with primary care providers to facilitate timely, equitable access to care for those living with a life limiting illness. The NP may be based in the acute care sector, residential aged care or the community. Furthermore NPs may work as sole practitioners or as part of a wider palliative care team. [2]

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  1. Bennett K. The palliative care nurse practitioner. Aust Nurs J. 2012 Nov;20(5):34. (No abstract available)
  2. Quaglietti S, Blum L, Ellis V. The Role of the Adult Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2004 Oct-Nov-Dec;6(4):209-14.

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Last updated 22 May 2018