Jeri L. Bigbee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Jeri Bigbee is an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She also serves as the co-director of the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program, an innovative faculty development program sponsored by the UC Davis schools of health that focuses on promoting teaching excellence in health-professional education.
Bigbee has more than 30 years of experience as a nursing educator, researcher and clinician. 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 rural and frontier communities. She is widely published in the areas of rural nursing, population health, family health promotion and advanced practice nursing and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
She recently completed a two-year research project funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing that examined the relationship between nurse-to-population ratio and population health outcomes. The results indicated that more nurses per capita were associated with healthier communities, after adjusting for social determinants of health. Nurses with higher levels of experience and education had the strongest positive effects on the health of their communities. This positive relationship between nurse-to-population ratio and population health was particularly strong in rural communities.
Previously, Bigbee served as a nursing faculty member at Boise State University; California State University, Stanislaus; the University of Nevada, Reno; Samuel Merritt College and the University of Wyoming. In 2011, she was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, where she focused on international rural nursing issues and research.
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 earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbia University in New York.
Contact information: Phone: (916) 734-8831 | E-mail: Jlbigbee@ucdavis.edu