Class of 2017“Love her! She was not only a great student, but she is just a really great person. She is passionate about nursing and very caring with patients and families.” Those are the words that Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Roxie Barnes uses when describing 2017 IUSON Bloomington grad, Mackenzie Reetz.
Mackenzie is from Indianapolis (“Love the 317,” she says). She is a nurse on the Surgical Trauma Critical Care unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital where, she says, “my nights are always different! Our unit takes care of a variety of patients, but trauma season (the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day) is my favorite.” Mackenzie is also Co-Chair of the unit’s Professional Practice Council and its representative on the hospital’s Academic Health Center PPC. If that wasn’t enough, Mackenzie is also working on kick-starting a mentorship program on each unit at Methodist.
“I feel like I work all the time,” she says. “I believe, as nurses, we have this special ability to compartmentalize work and life outside of it, but it can be hard not to take some of the situations we see home with us.”
For Mackenzie, that home consists of her adorable pup, Maizie; her new kitten, Griffy (named after Bloomington’s Lake Griffy); and her fiancée and fellow IU Grad, Leah Edge. Leah and Mackenzie met while Mackenzie was at IU and working at Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children whose parents are suffering from cancer and “one of the most incredible organizations on campus. There, I volunteered alongside some of the most dedicated and passionate people who I'm lucky to call my friends,” she says, “as we got to host camp for some pretty inspirational kids.”