Cullen Kubicki

Cullen KubickiCullen Kubicki came by his health care chops honestly. With his father a pediatrician and his mother a physician assistant, the North Carolina native figured a degree in biology was a safe bet. 

But it was marine biology that really interested him. Unable to find work in the field after graduating from the College of Charleston, he took a job with a local lab that uses horseshoe crab blood to test for bacterial endotoxins. 

He worked at Charles River Laboratories for a year, and then a friend persuaded him to enroll in nursing school at USC Beaufort. 

“It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he said.  

As part of the nursing program, he interned in the PCU at Beaufort Memorial. When he graduated in 2011, he went to work full time for the unit. 

“I had considered moving closer to home, but I fell in love with the Beaufort area,” the 30-year-old said. “I liked the hospital and I established a connection here.”

He started out as a floor nurse and was later promoted to charge nurse. Whenever he had the opportunity, he floated to the ICU. In 2013, he transferred to the unit. 

“I like the depth of care you take with patients in the ICU,” he said. “It’s best described by the name—it’s intense.”

Even though it’s a high-stress job, the load is lightened by the camaraderie of the staff, Cullen said.  “It’s like working with your friends.”  

Equally important, he feels appreciated. 

“I know what I do and how hard I work is going to be recognized,” said Cullen, who serves on the hospital’s Rapid Response, Stroke and STEMI teams. 

The Bluffton resident doesn’t even mind his 30-minute commute to work. “It’s a nice drive,” he said. 

Working at BMH the last four years has done more for Cullen than satisfy his health care calling. It’s where he met his wife, Erica, an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Married in the spring of 2015, the couple enjoy going to the beach, trying new restaurants and taking off in their camper to hike, fish and kayak.  

“We love camping,” Cullen said. “We’ll go anywhere a tank of gas will take us.” 

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