Bachelor of science in nursing, Registered Nurse, Fort Hays State University, 1971. MSN, Fort Hays State University, 1995.
Staff nurse rehabilitation/pediatrics Hadley Regional Medical Center, Hays, Kansas, 1971-1972, charge nurse surgical floor, 1972-1973, head nurse surgical floor, nursing supervisor, 1976-1979. Administrator Phillips County Health Department, Phillipsburg, 1974-1976, Director of Nursing Rawlins County Hospital, Atwood, 1979-1981. Director of Nursing Trego County Lempke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney, 1981-1983.
Staff nurse emergency department St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, 1983-1986, charge nurse emergency department, 1986-1987, unit manager emergency department, 1987-1991. Family nurse practitioner United Methodist Wester Kansas Mexico American Ministers Health Clinic, 1991-1993. Assistant professor graduate studies program Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, 1993-1998.
Nurse practitioner, clinical director Planned Parenthood, 1998-1999. Legal assistant Ellis County Attorneys Office, 1999—2004, Rues Law Office, since 2004.
Trustee Kansas Nurses Foundation. Member Emergency Nurses Association, Kansas State Board Nursing (vice president 1990-1991, president 1991-1993), Fort Hays State University Alumni Association (life), Fort Hays State University Nursing Alumni Association (founding president).