Ruth Busch is a Board Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Family Practice. She serves as Board Chair for the Lupus Foundation of America, Kansas Chapter; Director of Communication for the American College of Nurse Practitioners and is also on the Board of Directors for Rheumatology Nurses Society. Ruth is one of the co-authors for the Scope of Practice, Standards of Care for Rheumatology Nurses which should be published in 2013, and is a Section Editor for the Core Curriculum for Rheumatology Nurses which is expected to be published in 2014. She has been published several times in the Journal of Nurse Practitioners. In 2008, Ruth became a member of the Bernadette of Lourdes American Medical Volunteers, and looks forward to her trip to Lourdes, France, in June of 2013. Ruth performs the joint assessments for the several arthritis studies coordinated by Dr. Shahouri. Though skilled in assessment and management of rheumatological conditions, Ruth’s focus is on patient education and often includes information from her family practice background in her contact with patients.