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

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Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Nursing

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

Office: Meridian - 563
Phone: (208)373-1783

  • 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 Assistant 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 is 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 outstanding mentorship, achievement in research and publication. She is actively involved in the Oncology Nurses of Southern Idaho Chapter of ONS and area hospital nursing research and evidence-based practice projects.

Featured Scholarship & Publication

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.

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

Nies, M.A., Febles, C., Fanning, K. & Tavernier, S.S. (2017). A conceptual model for home based primary care of older refugees. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, DOI 10.1007/s10903-017-0610-8

Febles, C., Nies, M.A. & Tavernier, S.S. (2016). Challenges and strategies in providing home based primary care for refugees in the US. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health; DOI 10.1007/s10903-016-0481-4

Nies, M.A., Lim, W.Y.A, Fanning, K. & Tavernier, S. (2016). Importance of inter-professional healthcare for vulnerable refugee populations. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health; DOI Undergraduate: 10.1007/s10903-016-0424-0

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

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.