Background:: Palliative care (PC) workforce shortages have led to a need for primary PC provided by non-specialists. The Care Management by Oncology Nurses (CONNECT) intervention provides infusion room oncology nurses with training and support to provide primary PC.
Aims:: To describe nurses' perspectives on the personal and professional impact of training and provision of primary PC as part of CONNECT.
Methods:: This qualitative study consisted of in-depth telephone interviews with 11 nurses at oncology practices in Pennsylvania. Data was analysed using qualitative content analysis.
Findings:: Nurses reported a sense of personal and professional fulfillment from providing primary PC, while noting the risk of increased emotional attachment to patients. Participation improved nursing communication skills. A supportive workplace helped to minimise stress related to incorporating primary PC into busy treatment schedules.
Conclusion:: Providing primary PC challenges the task-oriented paradigm of nursing practice and will potentially alter the professional roles and workloads of infusion room nurses.
Keywords: Oncology nursing; Outpatient setting; Primary palliative care.