Meet Community: Jacob Ubl, home health nurse
With Community’s Meet Community blog, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our staff members each week and get to know them with some fun questions.
Jacob Ubl is a registered nurse that works for Community’s home health department. He plans to complete his bachelor’s in nursing before summer. He is wound care certified, which he says is useful given how many home health patients require it.
Jacob is a Cowlitz County boy, born and raised. He lives in Castle Rock with his wife of eight years, Valerie. They both grew up in Kalama and started dating in high school. Now they’re parents to two dogs. Most of Jacob’s immediate family and relatives also live in Cowlitz.
Jacob calls Community “the best job ever.” He logs some serious miles visiting patients around Cowlitz County, but being on-the-go is one of his favorite parts of the job. He also loves being a home health nurse because it allows him to build relationships with his patients in their own environment, helping him properly gauge their needs. He has built some long-term relationships with many of his patients and finds watching the effects of his work better someone’s health overtime very rewarding.
What inspired you to become a nurse?
I was hospitalized for sports injuries in high school and was exposed to the health care system which sparked my interest in pursuing a career in health care. I was interested in the variety of nursing tasks and skills which inspired me to want to rise to the challenge.
What makes Community unique compared to other places you’ve worked?
I’ve never felt like I had a work family until I worked at Community Home Health. I genuinely feel that there is a nurturing nursing environment in place that only requires a nurse to be resourceful, give the necessary effort to meet patients’ needs, and document accordingly.
What’s your favorite on-the-go snack while working?
I almost always have apples, bananas, oranges, cashews, and walnuts in my passenger seat.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, unfortunately my wife is allergic to cats.
What’s your favorite hobby right now?
Riding dirt bikes is definitely my favorite hobby and has been since childhood.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book is “Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion” by Kristoffer A. Garin, Pete Carroll, and Yogi Roth.
What’s your karaoke song?
I usually don’t participate in karaoke, but if I did my song would be “Alright” by Darius Rucker.
Tea or coffee?
I typically don’t drink coffee at work to avoid being too energetic. I drink coffee outside of work when I know that I’m going to be active.
If you had a warning label, what would it say?
My warning label would be a “high energy warning, do not give this person coffee.” My energetic endurance has mostly served me well.