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Saturday, April 25 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
State-of-the-Science Award: The Dynamics of Distress

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Distress is a universal experience for patients with cancer, but the degree to which it is experienced, the duration, and the subsequent response varies widely from patient to patient. While progress has been made in understanding distress over the past five years, there are still areas of opportunity. Join Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN®, to review her translational research on cancer-related distress and discuss the practice, ethical, and policy implications that affect oncology nurses like you.


  1. Articulate the relevance and importance of distress screening in achieving optimal patient care outcomes.
  2. Describe the role of the nurse in successful screening of cancer related distress and evidence-based interventions for distress management.
  3. State limitations and opportunities for quality improvement and research surrounding cancer related distress.

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Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN®

Assistant Professor; Coordinator of Accelerated Nursing Program, Idaho State University School of Nursing
Dr. Tavernier is Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 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 completed a translational research study funded by the Oncology Nursing Society... Read More →

Saturday April 25, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
224AB 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819