Nurse has a tale to tell
Orewa nurse Grainne McAnnalley is the winner of a short story competition in a national magazine.
It doesn’t bring a financial reward but Ms McAnnally is looking forward to seeing her story in print next month.
She is astounded at the win.
The mother of two was able to draw on her own experiences of working with elderly people in cardiology for the piece which follows a couple grappling with the effects of Alzheimers disease.
‘‘As a nurse, I have seen many stories unfold.
‘‘Some of them have been funny, some amazing, while others are tragically sad,’’ she says.
‘ ‘ This particular story is completely fictional, but it will resonate with those who have lost someone to dementia.’’
Ms McAnnalley happened upon the competition when she was reading through a magazine, with the competition due to finish the following day.
Having j ust finished a short story as part of her studies toward a bachelor of arts at Massey University, she was able to send it off the next day.
‘‘I couldn’t think of anything to say when they rang to say I’d won – I was just flabbergasted.’’
While she has been nursing for 17 years, Ms McAnnalley says she would like to pursue writing more seriously.
Winning words: Orewa nurse Grainne McAnnalley’s short story touched judges’ hearts.