Jeri L. Bigbee, Ph.D.
Jeri Bigbee is an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She has more than 40 years of experience as a nursing educator, researcher and clinician. She is an internationally recognized leader in rural population health, family health promotion and advanced practice nursing. 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.
In 2013 Bigbee 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 a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Washington. and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbia University in New York.