For Jamie Ucello, assistant nurse manager of AdventHealth Fish Memorial’s progressive care unit, becoming a nurse was an easy decision.

Editor’s note: The following story is part of a series honoring local nurses during National Nurses Week.


For Jamie Ucello, assistant nurse manager of AdventHealth Fish Memorial’s progressive care unit, becoming a nurse was an easy decision.


"I come from a family of nurses — my mother and two older sisters are nurses," she said. "I truly enjoy being there for people, particularly in scary times — particularly the older population."


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Ucello, who’s worked as a nurse for 15 years, said she’s been taking precautions both in and out of the workplace, and admits that some are more difficult than others.


"I really miss not being able to hug people — I love hugging," she said. "I’m not going to Ross or going out to eat as much as I used to. Other than that, not much has changed. I feel very fortunate to work in a profession and for a company where I’m able to keep working. I know many people have not been that lucky."


The Orange City resident said the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t affected how she and her fellow nurses do their jobs.


"Things really haven’t changed that much," she said. "Our team is really supportive of each other, and we get plenty of support from the hospital administration — we have all the PPE we need. One thing we’re doing more of is helping patients make personal connections with their family and friends. With restrictions on visitors, we’ve been able to help facilitate more of that interaction through technology."


Ucello has seen a number of changes at the hospital, however.


"The no-visitor policy has changed things, and we’re wearing masks all the time — even walking in the halls. We also have our chaplains who come to our morning meetings and pray with us, which is very reassuring," she said. "From a patient care perspective, not much has changed. We’ve always been advocates for cleanliness and patient safety and we’ve worked hard to make any changes be as seamless as possible."


When she’s not working, Ucello spends her free time volunteering, specifically feeding the homeless through the Interfaith Kitchen.


Ucello said she’s very appreciative for the outpouring of community support.


"But I’m just doing the job I chose to do. Nurses work very hard — it’s a tough job and the outpouring of good wishes from the community is very much appreciated."