Carla Picker

Since graduating with her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2015, Carla has been kept busy working full time at the Royal Children's Hospital and maintaining her ties with Peninsula Campus as she mentors students under the Yulendj Indigenous Engagement program.

Carla Picker

What is your favourite thing about your career?

WOW so much, I don't even know where to begin. I love being able to give the best possible care I can for children and their families; aiding them in the best possible recovery. Being able to make my patients smile, laugh and forget for a moment that they are in hospital. And of course the everyday challenges! I would say that being vomited on and late/early shifts are definitely not a highlight though!

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a flight attendant!! Once a flight attendant showed me how to keep my hands soft.... Using SUGAR and CHAMPAGNE! Mind you, I wouldn't know how I would have been able to do it, as I always fall asleep as soon as we take off until we land! Not forgetting bad travel sickness - I can't stand the smell of the food (unfortunately I never grew out of it, despite my efforts, believe me!)

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

I would be in South America, working in programs that are against working children/slavery and providing health education and support to these children. I hope to do this one day!

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

I am young but old at heart! I listen to GOLD 104 and SMOOTH FM!!! Nothing better than an old classic to commence a shift, especially Night Shift!

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

Oh too many... My best friend calls me - Carluche. Her dad calls me - Carlitta. And the kids I babysit call me - Carlalalalalalalala (in their singing voices!!)