Rosemary Ziemba

Dr. Rosemary Ziemba, Clinical Assistant Professor

Rosemary Ziemba, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (Div. II)
Room 3340

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0341
Fax: (734) 647-0351

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Aging and disability
  • Home and community based long term care
  • Assisted living residences
  • Long term care workforce
  • Pet therapy

Dr. Ziemba focuses on the continuum of care for older adults, with an emphasis on home and community-based supports and services for long-term care of people with disabilities. Her clinical and research activities are largely aimed at strengthening knowledge and providing tools to older adults, family caregivers, and health professionals to facilitate informed choices among home care and residential options when extended support is needed. Within this field, one of her major focuses is advocating for public policy that promotes development of the long term care workforce and improved regulations governing assisted living residences. 

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Community Needs Assessment of Elder Care in Calhoun County, MI: Co-Principal Investigator, sub-contract from PENCE (“Promoting Excellent Nursing Care for Elders”) a coalition of nurses from all settings providing services to older adults. Prime sponsor is the Battle Creek Community Foundation.


Dr. Ziemba focuses on educating health professionals and the general public about long term housing and home care options for older adults, emphasizing building community networks for information, referral, and resource development.  For example, during the annual Senior Living and Housing Awareness Week (a service of the Housing Bureau for Seniors), Dr. Ziemba conducts public workshops on how to select an assisted living residence. In her more nursing student-focused educational activities, Dr. Ziemba also teaches clinical sections of the undergraduate Community Health Nursing course at community agencies such as the Area Agency on Aging 1B, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and is a guest lecturer to undergraduate and graduate nursing courses.  She welcomes students at all levels to collaborate on related research and clinical projects.

Affiliations / Service

  • Founder and Director, Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) of Ann Arbor, 2008-present
  • Board Member, Michigan Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section Executive Committee, 2008-2010
  • Member, Long Term Care Supports & Services Advisory Commission’s Workforce Development Workgroup, State of Michigan, 2004-2010
  • Member (appointed), Assisted Living Disclosure Collaborative, Agency for Health Care Research & Quality & the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living
  • Member, Decision Consortium, University of Michigan
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member, Gerontological Society on Aging
  • Member, National Association of Long Term Care Nurses
  • Member, National Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
  • Member, Michigan Society of Gerontology
  • Member, Generations United
  • Member, Society for Creative Aging

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Post-Doctoral Research Traineeship, National Institute on Aging, 2002-2004
  • “Lead, Link, & Learn" - Fellowship in healthcare policy, John A. Hartford Foundation, 2003-2004


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002
  • MS, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI, 1986
  • BSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1981
  • LPN, Mid-Michigan Community College, Harrison, MI, 1974

Publication Highlights

  • Ziemba, R., Perry, T., Takahashi,, & Algase, D. (2009). “That model is sooooo last millennium”: Residential long term care as a system, not a place. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 23(3/4), 261-280.
  • Beel-Bates, C., Ziemba, R.A., Algase, D. (2007). Families’ perceptions of services in assisted living residences: Role of RNs and implications for policy. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, December, 5-12.
  • Ziemba, R.A., Lynch-Sauer, J.M. (2005). Preparedness for taking care of elderly parents: “First you get ready to cry”. Journal of Women and Aging, 17(2), 99-113.
  • Algase, D., Beel-Bates, C., Ziemba, R.A. (2004). Lead, Link and Learn: A policy/fellowship program in aging. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 5(2), 116-124.(2005).