Inspiring MS nurse a national finalist
MAREEBA Nursing Home's HESTA Nurse of the Year finalist Myra Sessions doesn't come to work to be an inspiration.
But the 61-year-old who was diagnosed with the degenerative disease multiple sclerosis in 2002 and is responsible for the staff development of the home's staff of 140 to 150 is just that.
"People say I'm amazing and I inspire them, but I don't come to work to be inspiring. I do the best job I possibly can," she said.
"I tend to focus on my abilities and what I can do, rather than the things I can't.
"It's very important to me that I continue to be a positive, functioning member of the community."
Mrs Sessions is one of five finalists in the nurse of the year awards to be announced at a gala awards night in Brisbane on October 15.
Mrs Sessions is passionate about nursing and her role as a nurse educator.
"For 15 years before I came to Maclean I had a role as a nurse educator in North Queensland," she said.
"Before my mobility was too limited I was part time a clinical nurse educator and part time doing clinical nursing.
"About a third of my career has been involved in nurse education."
Her role as an educator at Mareeba extends beyond nursing to all areas of the nursing home's staff.
"I can't know about everyone's role, but where there is a something I don't know, I facilitate getting someone in who does," she said.
Mrs Sessions said since her diagnosis she now relies on an electric wheelchair for mobility.
"My legs have become weak and my balance is very bad," she said.