Susan Thrane PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
(614) 292-5684

322 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210





My research focuses on complementary/integrative interventions for symptom management with children with life-limiting, life-threatening illnesses receiving palliative care. I mainly focus on interventions that may be implemented by bedside nurses either with or without additional training. My research to date has focused on Reiki therapy (a biofield therapy), but I am also interested in interventions such as massage, guided imagery, aromatherapy and combinations of these therapies.


*Thrane, S. E., Maurer, S. H., Ren, D., Danford, C. A., & Cohen, S. M. (in press). Reiki Therapy for Symptom Management in Children Receiving Palliative Care: A Pilot Study. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  

Thrane, S., Wanless, S., Cohen, S. M., & Danford, C. (in press). The assessment and non-pharmacologic treatment of procedural pain from infancy to school age through a developmental lens: A synthesis of evidence with recommendations. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. PMID:26424196, doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.09.002

Thrane, S. & Cohen, S. M. (2014). Effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety in adults: An in-depth literature review of randomized trials with effect size calculations. Journal of Pain Management Nursing, 15(4), p. 897-908. PMID: 24582620, doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2013.07.008

Thrane, S. (2013). Effectiveness of integrative modalities for pain and anxiety in children and adolescents with cancer: A systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 30(6), p. 320-332. CE Offering. PMID: 24371260, doi: 10.1177/1043454213511538

*Malloy, P., Thrane, S., Winston, T., Virani, R., & Kelly, K. (2013). Do nurses who care for patients in palliative and end-of-life settings perform good self-care? Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 15(2), p. 99-106. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0b013e31826bef72

*Thrane, S. & Jones, B. L. (2012). Communication with families after the death of a child: A pilot study. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 74(1), p. 6-10. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0b013e31823e335c

Kelly, K., Thrane, S., Virani, R., Malloy, P., & Ferrell, B. (2011). Expanding End-Of-Life and Palliative Care Nursing Education in California: The End-Of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Geriatric-Long-Term Care Project. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17(4), p. 188-194. PMID: 21537321

Thrane, S. (2010). Hindu end of life: Death, dying, suffering, and karma. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 12(6), p. 337-342. CE Offering. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0b013e3181f2ff11


Thrane, S., Deible, S., & Cohen, S. M. (2014) Self-care: Healing energy and other complementary therapies. In E. Olshansky (Ed.) Women’s Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan. N.Y. Wolters Kluwer.

Ferrell, B. & Thrane, S. (2011) Spirituality, religion, and end-of-life care. In. K. Doka & A. Tucci (Eds.). Living with Grief: Spirituality. Washington DC: Hospice Foundation of America.

ABSTRACTS: Peer Reviewed

Thrane, S. E., Maurer, S. H., Cohen, S. M., Sereika S. M. (July 2015) Pediatric Palliative Care: A 5-Year Retrospective Chart Review Study. Podium presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International 26th International Nursing Research Congress, Puerto Rico.

Thrane, S., Wanless, S., Cohen, S. M., & Danford, C. (May 2014). Playing the Pain Away—Developmental Considerations for Young Children in Nursing Assessment and Non-Pharmacologic Management of Pain during Cancer Treatment: A Narrative Review. Poster presentation at Oncology Nursing Society 39th Annual Congress, Anaheim, CA.

Thrane, S., Wanless, S., & Danford, C. (April 2014) Playing the Pain Away--Developmental considerations in assessment and non-pharmacologic management of procedural pain from infancy to school age: A narrative review. Podium Presentation at Eastern Nursing Research Society 26thg Annual Scientific Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Thrane. S. (November 2012). Effect of Reiki on Pain and Anxiety: A Systematic Review. Podium Presentation at Oncology Nursing Society Connections: Advancing Care Through Science, Phoenix, AZ.

Thrane, S. (October, 2012). Effectiveness of Integrative Modalities for Pain and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Cancer: A Systematic Review. Poster Presentation at Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, 36th Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Thrane, S. (June 2011). Traditional Hindu Practices at End-of-Life. Poster presentation at American Holistic Nurses Association 31st Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Murray, F. & Thrane, S. (March 2006). Taking Comfort Measures to a Higher Level: Reiki at the bedside. Podium presentation at Second Annual Children’s Grief Symposium, Burbank, CA.


PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

MSN, Emphasis in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, George Washington University, Washington, DC

BSN, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

ADN, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA

BS Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX