When patients in the palliative phase prefer to stay at home rather than being admitted to hospital, nurses have an active role in the community care team. The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of home care nurses regarding factors of importance for their function in palliative home care. Based on a literature review, a questionnaire was developed. A total of 189 Norwegian home care nurses filled out the questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used in the data analysis. Five comparisons are shown. The oldest nurses and the nurses with specialist education reported significantly higher confidence in their competences. The findings suggest that nurses rate cooperation, organization, information, and communication as important factors for their ability to support patients in the palliative phase and enable them to stay at home as long as possible. However, they rate support and nurses’ knowledge and professional confidence as the most important factors.