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Melody Weaver, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP

Melody Weaver

Clinical Associate Professor

School of Nursing
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8101
Pocatello, ID 83209-8101

Office: Beckley 312 – Pocatello Campus
Phone:  208-282-5994

Email: melodyweaver@isu.edu

  • BSN, University of Texas at Arlington
  • MSN, University of Texas at Arlington
  • PhD, University of Utah
  • CSU San Marcus Institute for Palliative Care
Research Interests
  • Palliative Care
  • Older Adults
  • Persons with Dementia/Caregivers
  • Rural issues
  • Interprofessional Education


Dr. Weaver is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Idaho State University. She has more than 40 years of clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner.  Dr. Weaver's clinical experiences include rural, urban and correctional health care. She brings her passion for patient care to academia, grounding students in the "real world."

Dr. Weaver has completed research projects that include "El Corazon de la Cebolla: Symptom Interpretation and Management in a Mexicana/o Population"; Early Childhood Caries Intervention in a Rural Setting; "Dementia Knowledge in Older Adults in Southeastern Idaho and a $250,000.00 PCORI Engagement Award as Co-PI focused on creating a statewide social media campaign to increase awareness of Prediabetes in the rural Latino/Hispanic population. Most recently Dr. Weaver has served as part of an inter-collegiate team to conduct a Landscape Analysis & Needs-based Assessment of ADRD for the state of Idaho. She is also a member of the AHEC Program Office Health Professional Training Consortium. She enjoys working with students on rural issues/projects.

Dr. Weaver is a frequent presenter at local, regional, state, national and international conferences.  Dr. Weaver is a board member of the Idaho Rural Health Association, SIGMA Theta Tau, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Geriatric Society, Hospice & Palliative Nurses' Association and the Rural Nurses’ Organization.

Featured Scholarship & Publications


Josephsen, J., Ketelsen, K., Weaver, M., & Scheuffele, H. (2023). Dementia care competence model for higher education: A pilot study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20, 3173, 1-12.

Koch, T.A., Anderson, M., & Weaver, M. (2022). Establishing victim services in an American Indian Tribal community: A needs assessment. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Online, 1-8.

Gilmore, D., & Weaver, M.A. (2022). No, I am Not Going to the Orphanage! Hispanics & Hospice Care, RNIdaho, 45(2), 13.

Estep, K., & Weaver, M. (2021). Stop the bleed® for the rural farming community of Oneida County. RN Idaho, 43(4), 6-7.

Weaver, M.A., & Nies, M.A. (2020). A conceptual model for community-based participatory research/practice with rural older adults. RN Idaho, 43(3), 5-7.

Nies, M.A., Weaver, M.A., Damstrom, E. (2018). Development of a department of nursing research in a rural university college of nursing. Journal of Comprehensive Nursing Research and Care, 3:130. doi: http:/dx.doi.org/jenrc/2018/130

Podium Presentations

Weaver, M.A. “Bridging the Gap: Older Adults and Palliative Care” 16th Annual NP/PA Conference, Idaho Falls, ID February 26, 2022

Weaver, M. “Prediabetes in Hispanics” Lecture Spanish/English for Migrant Families American Falls, ID November 2019

Weaver, M.A. “Interprofessional Evaluation Team”. SIGMA Region One International Conference. (Podium) Sacramento, CA. March 2, 2019.

Weaver, M.A., & Arvidson, C.R. “Interdisciplinary Evaluation Team as a Modeling Approach for DNP Students” DNP Conference, Palm Springs, CA. September 27-29, 2018.

Weaver, M.A. “Building a Culture of Research Through Community Partnerships” LEAP Conference, Nurse Leaders of Idaho, Boise, ID. September 14, 2018.

Weaver, M.A. “Palliative Care for Older Adults in Primary Care: Highlighting What’s Important”. Nurse Practitioners of Idaho, Boise, ID. August 25, 2018.

Weaver, MA & Nies, MA. “Partnering to REACH out to Community-dwelling Rural Older Adults” International Rural Nursing Organization, Nashville, TN. July 25, 2018.

Weaver, MA. “Advance Care Planning in Four Questions” 6-minute lecture American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 31st National Conference San Antonio, TX June 2016.

Weaver, MA. “Happy Faces:  Identification, Treatment and Prevention of Early Childhood Caries” American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Nashville, TN, June 2009.

Poster Presentations

Gomez, R., & Weaver, M. “Elevated blood pressure in the urgent care: A quality improvement project” Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Tucson, AZ April

Briones, N., & Weaver M. “Assessment of access to healthcare for Latino farmworkers in Eastern Idaho” Idaho State University Graduate Research Symposium Idaho State University, March 15, 2023 (poster)

Scheuffele, H.(MPH) “Understanding ADRD educational preparedness of health and social service professionals in Idaho. Boise State University College of Health Services 2022 Graduate Student Showcase April 21, 2022. (poster) [Contributor: Toevs, S., Josephsen, J., Weaver, M., & Mann, M.]

Gilmore, D., & Weaver, M.A. “Hispanic Cultural Competence for Hospice Workers” Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Portland, OR  April 9, 2022 (poster).

Ward, K.L., Weaver, M.A., & Shura, J. “Action Theater for Community Stroke Education” Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Portland, OR April 9, 2022 (poster)

Weaver, M.A., & Borg, A. “Dementia Knowledge Assessment in Rural Older Adults in Southeastern Idaho, USA. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Los Angeles, CA. July 15, 2019.

Borg, A., & Weaver, M.A. “Dementia Knowledge in Patient Care for Radiographers” Radiographic Science State Conference Twin Falls, ID April 5, 2019.

Weaver, M.A. “Assessment of Dementia Knowledge in Older Adults >65 in Rural Southeastern Idaho” SIGMA Region One International Conference Sacramento, CA. March 2, 2019.

Weaver, MA. “Do Nothing, Right?  Advance Care Planning” American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 28th National Conference Las Vegas, NV, June 2013.


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