AMANDA Culpan’s experience in nursing is wide and far-reaching, which has led her to accept the role of facility manager at Leeton District Hospital.
After knowing from a young age she always wanted to become a nurse, upon finishing high school Ms Culpan set about the task of achieving that goal.
She completed her university studies at La Trobe, but has since gone on to complete several other degrees.
Having been in the industry for almost 30 years, Ms Culpan has found her passion for nursing has only grown.
It has also led her to several interesting roles along the way before landing in Leeton as the new facility manager.
“I’m still a registered nurse … I have a varied background,” Ms Culpan said.
“I’ve worked in a variety of hospitals in acute medical, surgical hospitals across all wards.
“This was all in Victoria, I’ve only just moved to NSW. I’ve done teaching – I’ve taught undergrad nurses and I’ve done vocational teaching.
“I’ve worked in project management, as well as in primary health, the disability centre and in correctional health.”
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Ms Culpan was still getting her head around the job at Leeton hospital, but said she was eager to find out more about the community and how the facility should operate to service its best interests.
She said nursing was an exciting and challenging career.
While it’s not something she will be doing in Leeton, she remains a registered nurse and said the values do extend to her job now.
“I’ve always had this thing where I like to help people do things better, or to get better, to improve in some way,” Ms Culpan said.
“Whether that be with their health, their learning, working with the community. I like to work with people and improve things.
“I always look for something new and exciting. My career path hasn’t been this straight line, it’s covered a lot but I love it.”
Ms Culpan said she was looking forward to working with the community, as well as organisations such as Leeton Shire Council to ensure the best outcomes for the hospital.
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