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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jeri L. Bigbee, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., F.A.A.N.

Adjunct Professor

Jeri Bigbee is an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Bigbee has more than 30 years of experience as a nursing educator. Her research and practice focuses on promoting the health of rural populations through interprofessional, community-based interventions that feature nurses in leadership roles. Her policy work aims to maximize the contributions of nurses and public-health professionals to improve health in our communities.

She currently leads a two-year research project funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to examine whether more nurses per capita leads to healthier communities—a topic that has been investigated extensively in terms of physician-to-population ratios, but not for nurses per capita.

Her publications include book chapters and articles related to rural nursing, population health, family-health promotion and advanced-practice nursing.

Previously, Bigbee was the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair at Boise State University School of Nursing, where she provided leadership and mentoring to faculty and students with an emphasis on public-health nursing. There, she also worked as a nurse practitioner, providing primary care to students at the university.

Prior to her role at Boise State University, Bigbee was an adjunct professor at California State University, Stanislaus, and director of clinical services at Delta Health Care in Stockton, Calif. She was previously the Orvis Endowed Professor at the University of Nevada’s Orvis School of Nursing in Reno.

Last year, Bigbee explored international rural nursing issues as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.

She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in nursing research in 1985 from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington at Seattle in 1979. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Columbia University in New York.

Contact information: Phone: (916) 734-2145 | E-mail: Jeri.Bigbee@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu