A born nurse

Carla Rae Golding
27 February 1968  – 11 November 2009

Carla always held on to the dream of becoming a nurse but it took time to come to fruition. She commenced her journey to nursing working for patient support services at Merriwa Hospital. At the same time she was a volunteer with the local rural fire service and the rescue team.

Carla proved herself to be a well-loved and respected team member. She was one of the first Enrolled Nurses to undertake training at Muswellbrook District Hospital in 1999-2000. Carla very quickly proved nursing was the perfect profession for her. A rare mix of empathy, dedication, initiative, skill and practicality made Carla a nurse that patients and colleagues loved and admired. She was indefatigable both at work and in her busy private life. She was the one many turned to if something needed to be done.

Her career was destined to be brief, but she was able to achieve so much in just a few short years. Carla had developed numerous skills and was able to perform many diversified roles in our rural hospital. She was medication endorsed, and had undertaken training to work in areas such as obstetrics, surgical day stay units, pathology labs, general wards, Emergency Departments, aged care facilities, quality, OH&S, and rostering staff. She was also a born organiser and more times than not she was planning a night out, a fundraiser, support for a colleague in need or how to solve a crisis.

Carla’s strengths lay in her professional approach, caring nature and ability to ensure that colleagues and patients felt supported and cared for in every way. Her positive, dynamic and sunny nature will be so sadly missed.

We would like to extend our thanks to management, allied health streams, and colleagues from surrounding hospitals who provided tremendous support at a very difficult time.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to her family: husband Gary, and children Andrew and Sara, granddaughter Georgia (who was born 23 November 2009), Jeremy and Caitlin.

Kay O’Brien, on behalf of Carla’s colleagues at Muswellbrook District Hospital