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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 112-115

The role of a nurse specialist in palliative care: An Israeli experience

Oncology Department,Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Correspondence Address:
Suzanne Csorba
Palliative Nursing, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.204479

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Given the severe shortage of physicians in Israel, the Ministry of Health issued a decree that offered advanced authority and responsibilities to experienced nurses; thus, the status of the nurse specialist(NS) was created. The role of NS in Israel is truly varied, incorporating many different facets that range from stabilizing to changing the existing palliative care(PC) orders, including those involving dosages and methods of care provision, issuing of repeat prescriptions, suspending drug treatment, and prescribing new drugs for a patient according to a protocol issued by a physician. The NS is also authorized to perform many clinical duties that frequently involve direct patient care. According to the different needs of the patients, he/she coordinates with the different members of the interdisciplinary team, who may be suitable to offer further help and support to the client and/or his/her significant others. His/her work keeps him/her in a constant dialogue with other health-care professionals, and as questions arise, he/she answers them and offers support to staff, patients, and family members. In the Middle East, the whole issue of PC is relatively new, and due to cultures, traditions, and religions, a number of difficulties have to be resolved.

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