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Faculty and Staff Profile

Zahra Rahemi

Assistant Professor, PhD, RN

Office: Greenville, SC

Phone: 864-720-2058


Educational Background

Ph.D Nursing
Florida Atlantic University 2017

MSN Nursing
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences 2007

BSN Nursing
Kashan University of Medical Sciences 2002

Courses Taught

Nursing Research Design and Methods (NURS 8070)
Gerontological Nursing (NURS 3230)
Knowledge Development in Advanced Nursing (NURS 8040)


Zahra Rahemi, Ph.D, RN, is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University, School of Nursing. She has studied older adults from a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse populations, their treatment preferences and end-of-life care planning and decision making. Her current research interests focus on interdisciplinary approach to enhance older adults’ quality of life and end-of-life care. End-of-life care and advance care planning among culturally diverse older adults are important topics in health research. Advance care planning is not a culturally accepted norm and practice among many immigrants and culturally diverse populations. Her interest is to find culture-specific factors for enhancing advance care planning among these communities. In her studies, she seeks to explore flexible and culturally competent models of advance care planning, which can be applied to diverse cultural groups to reduce health disparities related to end-of-life care. She is the member of the CU Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA).

Research Interests

Advance care planning
End-of-life care
Quality of Life
Culturally competent care

Research Publications

Rahemi, Z., & Williams, C. L. (2019). Does ethnicity matter—Cultural factors underlying older adults’ end-of-life care preferences: A systematic review. Geriatric Nursing, ACCEPTED MANUSCRIPT.
MirbagherAjorpaz, N., Rahemi, Z., Aghajani, M., & Hashemi, Sh. (2019). Effects of Glycerin Oil and Lavender Oil Massages on Hemodialysis Patients’ Restless Legs Syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, ACCEPTED MANUSCRIPT. doi:

Rahemi, Z. (2019). Planning ahead for end-of-life healthcare among Iranian-American older adults: Attitudes and communication of healthcare wishes. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 34(2), 187-199. doi: 10.1007/s10823-019-09371-x

Rahemi, Z., Dunphy, L., & Newman, D. (2019). Preferences Regarding and Communication About End-Of-Life Care Among Older Iranian-American Adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi:org/10.1177/0193945919832304

Rahimimoghadam. Z., Rahemi, Z., Sadat, Z., & Mirbagher Ajorpaz, N. (2019). Pilates exercises and quality of life of patients with chronic kidney disease. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 34, 35-40.
Rahemi, Z., D’Avolio, D., Dunphy, L., & Rivera, A. (Accepted). An integrative review on design thinking: shifting management in healthcare—Facilitators and barriers. Nursing Management.

Rahemi, Z., Williams, C., Tappen, R. M., & Engstrom, G. (2018). Health-Related Decisions for Serious Illness Among Ethnically Diverse Older Adults. Advances in Nursing Sciences, 41(1), 84-96. doi:10.1097/ANS.0000000000000192

Tappen, R. M., Wolf, D. G., Rahemi, Z., Rojido, C., Shutes, J. M. & Ouslander, J. G. (2017). Barriers and facilitators to implementing a change initiative in long-term care utilizing the INTERACTâ„¢ Quality Improvement Program. The Health Care Manager, 36(3), 219-230. doi: 10.1097/HCM.0000000000000168.

Rahemi, Z., Mirbagher Ajorpaz, N., Sharifi Esfahani, M., & Aghajani, M. (2017). Sensation-seeking and factors related to dangerous driving behaviors among Iranian drivers. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 314-318. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.05.004

Rahimimoghadam, Z., Rahemi, Z., Mirbagher Ajorpaz, N., & Sadat, Z. (2017). Effects of Pilates exercise on general health of hemodialysis patients. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 21(1), 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.05.012

Rahemi, Z., & Williams, C. L. (2016). Older adults of underrepresented populations and their end-of-life preferences: An integrative review. Advances in Nursing Science, 39(4), E1–E29. doi:10.1097/ANS.0000000000000148

Mirbagher Ajorpaz, N., Zagheri Tafreshi, M., Mohtashami, J., Zayeri, F., & Rahemi, Z. (2016). The Effect of Mentoring on Clinical Perioperative Competence in Operating Room Nursing Students. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(9-10), 1319–1325 doi: 10.1111/jocn.13205

Mirbagher Ajorpaz, N., Zagheri Tafreshi, M., Mohtashami, J., Zayeri, F., & Rahemi, Z. (2016) Psychometric Testing of the Persian Version of the Perceived Perioperative Competence Scale-Revised (PPCS-R). Journal of Nursing Measurement. [Epub ahead of print]

Rahemi, Z., & Williams, C. L. (2015). Development of a Dignity-Enhancing Model of Caring for Older Adults. International Journal for Human Caring, 19(3), 36-41.

Safa, A., Rahemi, Z., & Aghajani, M. (2014). Quality of life in patients with breast cancer in Kashan: A cross-sectional study. Life Science Journal, 11(1s), 141-145.

Mirbagher-Ajorpaz, N., Shahshahani, M. S., & Rahemi, Z. (2013). The effects of pure and impure honey on women’s vomiting, nausea, and headache related to the primary dysmenorrhea. Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, 16(7), 510-517. [Persian]

Moshtaghe-Eshgh, Z., Rahemi, Z., Majd, H. A., Hoviattalab, S. K., & Yaghamaie, F. (2011). Effects of walking on quality of life of mastectomy patients at selected hospitals of Tehran. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 16(4), 299-303.

Honors and Awards

CU SEED grant: Factors Related to Advance End-of-Life Care Planning Among a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Population ($10,000), Clemson University, USA, 2018
Graduate Student Thesis and Dissertation Scholarship award ($500), Florida Atlantic University, USA, 2016
Presidential Fellowship ($5,000), Florida Atlantic University, USA, 2014
Presidential Fellowship ($5,000), Florida Atlantic University, USA, 2013

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