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

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Assistant Professor

College of Nursing 
Idaho State University
1311 E. Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642

Office: Meridian - 563
Phone: 208-871-1109

  • 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

  • Quality of Life
  • Cancer Care Quality and Outcomes
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Integrative Therapies



Dr. Tavernier is an Assistant Professor for the Idaho State University College of Nursing. 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 completed a translational research study funded by the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation on diffusion of a distress management guideline into practice. Dr. Tavernier also completed research on the Integrative therapies of Healing Touch and 5Rhythms® Movement Therapy. She has presented her research at numerous national conferences and also published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tavernier authored a chapter on Symptom Distress in the textbook Cancer Symptom Management 4th Ed. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and Qualitative Health Research. She has served as a review panel member for the Oncology Nursing Foundation for research and awards.
Dr. Tavernier received her BSN from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA; her MSN from Loyola University of Chicago and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Utah. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship through the College of Nursing at the University of Utah working with Dr. Susan Beck on a Robert Wood Johnson INQRI funded study on pain outcomes in U.S. hospitals. She is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society, having served on multiple boards and projects, most recently serving on the ONS Connect Editorial Board. Dr. Tavernier is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship for new health service researchers from AcademyHealth. She also received the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society award for excellence in writing for quantitative research.


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