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Melody Weaver, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Melody Weaver

Clinical Assistant 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


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


Dr. Weaver is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Idaho State University. She has more than 35 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 is currently Co-PI on a $250,000.00 PCORI Engagement Award focused on creating a statewide social media campaign to increase awareness of PreDiabetes in the rural Latino/Hispanic population. She enjoys working with students on rural issues/projects.

Dr. Weaver is a frequent presenter at local, regional, state, national and international conferences.  She is currently working with the Rural Research Group in the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University.  Dr. Weaver is a member of the Idaho Rural Health Association, SIGMA Theta Tau, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Geriatric Society, Hospice & Palliative Nurses' Association and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Featured Scholarship & Publications


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:/

Podium Presentations

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

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 & Nies, MA. “Partnering to REACH out to Community-dwelling Rural Older Adults” International Rural Nursing Organization, Nashville, TN. July 25, 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, M.A. “Building a Culture of Research Through Community Partnerships” LEAP Conference, Nurse Leaders of Idaho, Boise, ID. September 14, 2018.

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

Poster Presentations

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

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.

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

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