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Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, CNS, RN, AOCN(R)

Susan Tavernier

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Nursing

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

Office: Pocatello-Beckley 314
Phone: (208)282-4098
Email: tavesusa@isu.edu

  • Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Utah
  • B.S. in Nursing, Whitworth University in Spokane
  • M.S. in Nursing, Loyola University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Primary Interests:Cancer-related Quality of Life, Personalized Care & Distress Management
  • Additional Interests: Decision Making, Integrative Therapies, Presence, Evidence-Based Practice
  • Design/Methods: Translational Research, Mixed Methods, Cognitive Interviewing, Clinical Trial,  Psychometrics, Survey, Evaluation


Dr. Susan Tavernier is the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Nursing, teaching in the graduate programs from Meridian. She is nurse scientist with a program of research in the individual context and priorities of the cancer patient. She has expertise with large qualitative data sets and conducting research in the clinical setting. Dr. Tavernier is the recipient of NIH, Oncology Nursing Foundation and ISU School of Nursing funding. She completed funded research in the areas of individualized health-related quality of life, patient provider communication, distress management, healing touch, 5Rhythms® Movement Therapy and healing presence. She was the co-investigator on a $1.5 million Idaho Senior Interprofessional Holistic Health Project funded by HRSA. Susan presented her research at numerous national conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tavernier authored textbook chapters on Distress and serves as a peer reviewer for several oncology, qualitative research and quality of life journals.

Dr. Tavernier received awards for teaching innovation, outstanding mentorship, achievement in research and publication. She is actively involved in the American Nurses Association of Idaho and area hospital nursing research and evidence-based practice projects.

Featured Scholarship & Publication

Gettinjer, S.N., Redman, F.W., Bazhenova, L.A., Hirsch, F.R, Mack, P.C., Schwartz, L.H., Bradley, J.D., Stinkchcombe, T.E., Leighl, N.B., Ramalingam, S.S., Tavernier, S.S., ……Herbst, R.S. (2021).    Nivolumab plus ipilimumab versus nivolumab for previously treated patients with stage IV squamous cell lung cancer  (Lung-MAP S1400I Phase 3 Randomized Clinical Trial). Journal of Clinical Oncology. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.2209

Tavernier, S.S. & Beck, S.L. (2019). Design and evaluation of the electronic patient generated index for oncology. Nursing Research; 227-332. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000405

Tasseff, T., Tavernier, S.S., Neill, K., Watkins, P.R. (2019). Exploring perceptions of palliative care among rural dwelling veterans. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 19; 159-178.

Tasseff, T, Tavernier, S.S., Watkins, P.R. & Neill, K.S. (2018). Exploring perceptions of palliative care among rural dwelling providers, nurses and adults using a convergent parallel design. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 18. DOI10.14574/ojrnhc.v18i2.527.

Tavernier, S.S., Beck, S.L., Guo, J.W., Eaton, J., Brant, J & Berry, P. (2018) Context Matters for Nurses Leading Pain Improvement in U.S. Hospitals. Pain Management Nursing; 19; 474-486; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2018.05.003

Merkle, S. & Tavernier, S.S(2018). Cannabis use and bleomycin induced pulmonary toxicity: Overview and case study. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing; 22, 438-443. DOI 10.1188/18.CJON.438-433

Tasseff, T & Tavernier, S.S. (2018). Challenges and Opportunities to Palliative Care for Rural Veterans in Rural Nursing: Concepts Theory, and Practice, 5th Ed, Winters, C & Lee, Eds. Springer Publishing.

Hammelef, K. & Tavernier, S.S. (2015). Distress in A Guide to Cancer Symptom Management (2nd Ed.). Brown, C. Editor. ONS Publications: Pittsburgh, PA.

Tavernier, S.S. (2014). Evidence-based Symptom Management in Cancer Symptom Management 4th Ed. Henke-Yarbro, C., Wujcik, D. & Holmes-Gobel, B, editors. Jones & Bartlett; Burlington, MA.

Tavernier, S.S. (2014). Translating Research on the Distress Thermometer Into Practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing; 18S, 26-30 DOI 10.1188/14.CJON.S1.26-30.

Tavernier, S.S, Beck, S. L. and Dudley, W.N. (2013). Diffusion of the Distress Management Guideline Into Practice. Psycho-Oncology. 22; 2332-2338. DOI 10.1002/pon.3295

Brant, J., Potter, C., Tavernier, S. & Beck, S (2012). Pain Care Quality and Outcomes in US inpatient oncology units. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39; E559.

Tavernier, S. S, Totten, A & Beck, S.L. (2011). Assessing Content Validity of the Patient Generated Index Using Cognitive Interviews. Qualitative Health Research. 21; 1729-1738. DOI 10.1177/1049732311420169

Tavernier, S. S., Beck, S.L., Clayton, M.C. & Pett, M.A. (2011). Validity of the Patient Generated Index as a Quality of Life Measure in Radiation Oncology. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38; 319-328 DOI 10.1188/11.ONF.319- 329.

Reavy, K. and Tavernier, S. S. (2008). Nurses reclaiming ownership of their practice: Implementation of an evidence-based practice model and process. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 39, 166-172.

Tavernier, S. S. (2006). An Evidence-based Conceptual Analysis of Presence. Holistic Nursing Practice; 20; 152-160.

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