Zuber Fulfills Dream of Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner
February 17, 2017
RMH is pleased to announce the addition of Mackenzie Zuber, Family Nurse Practitioner to the RMH Family Practice Clinic located at SIHF/Weber Medical Clinic.
Mackenzie is no stranger to the RMH Family; she has been with the hospital in some capacity for the past seventeen years.
“I started in 2000 as a staff RN on the Medical/Surgical Unit and on Long Term Care. I transferred to the home health department in 2002 as a staff RN, then filled the role of Charge Nurse for several years. Most recently, I was the Director of Home Care Services for the past seven years,” says Zuber.
While Mackenzie enjoyed her job as Director of Home Care, it got to the point where she missed the one-on-one interaction with patients. She found that going back to school to earn her Family Nurse Practitioner certification was the best way to get back to patient care.
“Now, I can take care of the whole family. I can follow patients from infancy into adulthood. I look forward to providing not just acute care, but physicals, pap smears, wound care, and treatment of chronic illness. I am a big believer in preventive medicine and screenings to maintain an optimum level of health,” says Zuber.
Zuber graduated from Olney Central College with her Nursing Degree, and went on to earn her BSN from McKendree University. In December of 2016, she graduated from Maryville University with her MSN-FNP.
“I was born and raised in this community. It was only natural that I would want to continue my provider career in the same healthcare system that I was born into. There is a need for primary care providers that will remain in this area,” noted Zuber.
Zuber feels very strongly that a patient and their provider must have a high level of trust. In her eyes, trust encourages use of services, facilitates disclosure of important medical information, and has an indirect influence on health outcomes through patient satisfaction, adherence, and continuity of care.
“Patients should be able to talk about anything and everything related to their health and feel confident that they are taken seriously. They need to know that their provider has nothing but their best interests at heart,” says Zuber.
Originally from Noble, she resides in Olney with her husband, Rodney, and three children ages 14, 10, and 8. She wishes to extend a special thanks to her mom, Deanna Mitchell, and her grandmother, Kaye Patterson, for their support and encouragement to pursue her dream and make it into a reality.
To make an appointment with Mackenzie, call the RMH Family Practice Clinic at (618) 392-2940.