Background: More knowledge about homecare nurses’ experiences is needed to uncover well-functioning and non-functioning practices of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Aim: To examine what challenges homecare nurses describe when caring for cancer patients who want to die at home.

Method: Focus group interviews with 10 homecare nurses. Systematic text condensation was used for the analysis.

Results: Interdisciplinary collaboration was described as sub-optimal. Homecare nurses were often alone in complex situations without specialists to consult. They seem to take on the role of a coordinator, and experienced uncertainty regarding assignment of the overall responsibility for the patients’ care. They also found it challenging to establish an appropriate balance between being close and distancing themselves from the patients.

Conclusion: Homecare nurses expressed a need for more accessible support from the interdisciplinary team surrounding the patient and a clearer division of labor and responsibilities in palliative homecare.

Keywords: focus groups, homecare nurses, home death, interdisciplinary collaboration, palliative care