Visiting Faculty & Student Fellows

Center for Nursing Philosophy welcomes first student fellow CNP Student Fellow Zahra Sharifiheris

Congratulations to our inaugural CNP Student Fellow Zahra Sharifiheris! Zahra will serve as a CNP Fellow from July 2020 until March 2021.

The competitive fellowship supports promising students in their pursuit of targeted scholarship in nursing philosophy.

The Student Fellowship comes with a stipend to be used at the fellow’s discretion for support during the fellowship period. The fellowship is a one-quarter (10 weeks) commitment of intensive mentored scholarship in the Center for Nursing Philosophy at UCI, followed by up to two additional 10-week quarters of virtual mentorship to support scholarship completion.

The expectation is that the end of the fellowship corresponds with submission of the completed scholarship as a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Zahra received her bachelor’s and master’s in midwifery from Iran and joined the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing as a PhD student in 2019. She was a member of the Brilliant Talent Institution during her bachelor’s and master’s studies. She has three years of experience working as a nurse-midwife practitioner in both economically poor and rich regions.

As a PhD student, her research interest is in pregnancy, maternity and child health. Zahra’s interest in nursing philosophy was sparked when taking a required Philosophy of Science course in her first year as a PhD student.

Zahra is interested in tracing the history of the concept of ‘nursing philosophy’ in the literature, with the aim of elucidating how nurses and other scholars have ‘philosophized’ nursing over time and how that philosophizing has influenced nursing’ understanding of its discipline. 

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