Tarnia Taverner, RN, MSc, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Senior Director,
Oncology/Hematology/Bone Marrow Translplant & Medical/Surgical InPatients, Emergency Department  Trauma, Access, Nursing Resource Team & IV Team
BC Children's Hospital

Executive Assistant
Palvir Dhariwal

May also be eligible for co-supervision of MSN Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.


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  1. Xin, T,. Jin, W., Cruz, K., Gromala, D., Garrett, B., Taverner, T. (2018). A Case Study: Chronic Pain Patients Preferences for Virtual Reality Games for Pain Distraction. In Book: Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Applications in Health, Cultural Heritage, and Industry. DOI: 10.1007/9780-3-319-91584-5_1
  2. Garrett, B., Taverner, T., Gromala, D., Gordon, T., Cordingley, E and Sun, C. (2018). Virtual Reality Clinical Research: Promises and Challenges. JMIR Medical Informatics. In Press
  3. Garrett, B., Taverner, T. and McDade, P. (2017). Virtual Reality as an Adjunct Home Therapy in Chronic Pain Management: An Exploratory Study. JMIR Medical Informatics. 5(2) doi: 10.2196/medinform.7271 (co-1st author).
  4. Redman K., Thorne, S., Lauck, B and Taverner T. (2016). “What else can I do?” Insights from Atrial Fibrillation Patient Communication Online. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 1-7. doi:10.1177/1474515116678103.
  5. Taverner, T., Baumbusch J. and Taipale, P. (2016). The Normalization of Neglect-A Grounded Theory. Canadian Journal of Aging. 35(2); 215-228. doi: 10.1017/S0714980816000179
  6. Taverner, T. and Prince, J. (2016). Acute Neuropathic Pain Assessment in Burn Injured Patients: A Retrospective Chart Review. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing; 43(1); 51-55.
  7. Taverner, T. (2014). Neuropathic Pain Associated with Cancer Part 2: Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Management. International Journal of Palliative Nursing; 21(8), 380-384. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.9.442
  8. Taverner, T. (2014). Neuropathic Pain Associated with Cancer Part 1: Assessment and Manifestation. International Journal of Palliative Nursing; 20(9), 442-447. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.9.442
  9. Taverner, T. (2014). Neuropathic Pain: An Overview. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing; 10(3), 116-123. ISSN: 1747-0307
  10. Taverner, T., Briggs, M. and Closs, S.J. (2014). The Journey to Chronic Pain: A Grounded Theory of Experiences Associated with Leg Ulceration. Pain Management Nursing; 15(1), 186-198. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2012.08.002
  11. Taverner. T. and Prince, J. (2014). A Retrospective Chart Review to Assess Nurse Screening for Neuropathic Pain in Post-Operative Patients, Using the 7-Item Douleur Neuropathic 4 (DN4), Incorporated within the Generic Pain Assessment Record. British Journal of Nursing, 23(2), 76-80. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2012.08.002
  12. Garrett, B., Taverner, T., Masinda, E., Gromala, D., Shaw, C. and Negraeff. M. (2014). A Rapid Evidence Assessment of Virtual Reality Immersive Environments as an adjunct Therapy in Pain Management. The Clinical Journal of Pain. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000064 (Co-1st author).
  13. Taverner, T. Closs, S.J. and Briggs, M. (2011). A Meta Synthesis of Published Qualitative Research Investigating Patients with Leg Ulceration. The Overlooked Neuropathic Component and Sequelae. British Journal of Nursing; 20, S18-S27. PMID: 22067932
  14. Taverner, T. (2011). Effective Diagnosis of Neuropathic PAIN – Clinical. Independent Nurse; June Supplement, 4-5.
  15. Taverner, T. Closs, S.J. and Briggs, M. (2011). Painful Leg Ulcers. Community Nurses’ Knowledge and Beliefs. A Feasibility and Pilot Study. Primary Health Care Research & Development; 12, 379-392.  doi:0.1017/S1463423611000302
  16. Taverner, T. (2011). Assessment of Neuropathic Pain in the Community. British Journal of Community Nursing; 16, 24-28. PMID: 21278446
  17. Briggs, M., Taverner, T., Strickland-Hodge, B. (2009). Pharmacological Methods of Pain Control. In: White R; Harding K, eds. Trauma and Pain in Wound Care, II, Aberdeen: Wounds UK, pp.155-175.
  18. Taverner, T. (2005). The Evidence on Perceptions of Pain in Older People. Nursing Times; 101, 36-38. PMID: 16163935
  19. Moss, E., Taverner, T., Norton, P., Lesser, P. and Cole, P. (2005). A Survey of Postoperative Pain Management in Fourteen Hospitals in the UK. Acute Pain; 7, 13-20. doi: 1016/j.acpain.2005.02.001
  20. Taverner, T. (2003). A Regional Pain Management Audit. Nursing Times; 99, 34-37. PMID: 12656022