As a woman who has been navigating life for over seventy years, I’d like to share some of my experiences with you. If you read this blog I promise to be honest with you, even when it is uncomfortable. I believe some of the stories I share will touch your heart with deep emotions. I hope you will learn some insights that may be new to your way of thinking.

My roles over the years include the list below, sorted in chronological order. As life changed and new responsibilities were added, many of those roles already undertaken continued and were built upon much like this photo of rocks, called a cairn.

Photo by Kate Puckett Elliott – Australia

All the layers of life can come tumbling down under certain circumstances, but generally they are added one upon another. My role of wife lasted 54.5 years to the day. I am very happy my role as mother continues to bring me joy each and every day. While my nursing career ceased to consist of clinical patient care, that training and experience was an invaluable asset in the business of health care. And, make no mistake, it is a business.

  • Wife, Mother
  • RN
    • Medical Surgical
    • Emergency Department
    • Nursing Instructor
      • Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Fundamental Skills, Grief & Dying, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology
    • Nurse Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration
    • Clinical Analyst
    • Medical Case Manager
    • Director in Medical Affairs administering Transplant Benefits
      • Medical Criteria development for solid organ, stem cell and bone marrow transplants
      • Transplant Centers of Excellence Network Development
      • Transplant case rate contracting
  • Transplant Strategies, Inc.
    • President and Founder
  • Retired 
  • Volunteer
    • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children
    • Reading tutor for elementary children – “Everyone Reads”
    • Kentucky Refugee Ministry (KRM)
    • Docent at The Parklands
  • Blogger
  • Activist

Select Publications:

I. Occupational Hand & Upper Extremity Injuries & Diseases
Edited by Morton L. Kasdan, MD, FACS
Medical Text

Chapter 40 (pages 447-453)
Managed Care
by Sue Baugh Mattingly, RN, BS

Hardcover: 556 pages
Publisher: Hanley & Belfus; 2 edition (September 26, 1997)
ISBN-10: 1560532211
ISBN-13: 978-1560532217

March/April 1999
Volume 1 Number 2

Article (Pages 14-23)
BMT/PBSCT Case Rate Contracting: Observations and Opinions by Sue Baugh Mattingly, Thomas Paivanas and Patricia Goldsmith.

 Items in Other Miscellaneous publications:

Physician’s Dialog

Humana Line

News of Note

Medfirst Clinical Education Modules

Quality Management Forum

Trade Wheel News, Jefferson Vocational Educational Region

Opinions Published in RN Journal, The Courier Journal Forum, The Western Recorder and The Spencer Magnet

Community Newsletters Edited – Stone Lakes and Carrington Greene

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