Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI)

Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Dr. Jessica G. Smith’s core research focus is to determine the effects of a well-prepared nursing workforce and better work environments on nurse and patient outcomes in rural hospitals. Her goal is to shed more light on these relationships to guide rural-relevant policy recommendations needed to increase nursing resources for improved patient and nurse outcomes. She has published empirical findings from work during her postdoctoral fellowship at CHOPR using Linda Aiken’s Multi-State Nurse Survey Data from 2005-8 about rural hospitals and their nursing resources. One paper is published at Public Health Nursing and highlights how, as hospitals became more rural, there were fewer nurses with a BSN, fewer RNs, and higher patient-to-RN ratios. The second paper is in press at SAGE Open Nursing and highlights the association between nursing skill mix and work environments and adverse event frequency.


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MSN, University of Texas at Arlington

BSN, Texas Christian University