Carel Peterson, RN, BSN, CHPN, CCM

Grew up: Tempe, Arizona

Joined Mission Hospice: April 2018

What led me to hospice work: It was the hospice nurse who cared for my parents. She would walk into our house like a golden shining Buddha and ease all the suffering in the house. I was so inspired to learn that common mortals actually did that for a living. She so inspired me, that I went back to school to become a nurse so I could be just like her.

Mission Hospice in three words: The word heart contains all that Mission Hospice is.

Hobbies: Knitting, nursing, reading, and playing with my cat Tippet and dog Bodhi.

Reading: Free Food for Millionaires

Desert island album: Dave Alvin, King of California

Favorite food: Cream – as in heavy whipping

Little known fact:  In 2017, I was one of the 2,405 people to break the Guinness World Record for largest human flower formation, in San Francisco.

On my bucket list: Visiting China

Little known facts: I’m 50% Japanese, 48% Irish, and 2% Viking. I have six grandchildren, ranging in age from one to 10. The eldest was born three days after my birthday, and the youngest was born on my birthday.