Nurse, 26, competing to be crowned Miss GB alongside working at hospital
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A 26-year-old nurse who qualified just as the coronavirus pandemic hit is now in the running to be crowned Miss Great Britain.
Jessica Jones, from Sheffied, works as an orthopaedic nurse at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire.
She qualified in March last year, saying it was "just in time for Covid".
And despite not having much involvement in coronavirus cases over the last year, Jessica faces a different big challenge as she has a heart condition that makes her susceptible to fainting.
However, the hospital worker said that this is one of the reasons she is now running in the Miss Great Britain beauty pageant.
Jessica says she wants to encourage other people to follow their dreams, just like she has done.
Opening up, the nurse said: She said: "I've got a heart condition – Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) – and was told I couldn't be a nurse, but I am a nurse because I ignored that and said 'boo' to it and went ahead and finished my nurse training anyway."
She continued telling YorkshireLive: "I want to show people that you don't have to give up on things, follow your dreams and feel happy about what you want to do and go for it."
PoTS causes people to suffer from an abnormal increase in heart rate, which can lead to both dizziness and fainting spells.
Jessica added: "My blood pressure can drop quite quickly and my body really struggles to regulate, so when it really struggles I pass out but I've been better since I've been diagnosed.
"Before that I used to pass out nearly every month, I've broken my nose previously and all sorts of stuff."
Some people with the medical condition need to use a wheelchair to get around.
This is why Jessica was advised that a career in nursing might not be right for her, as the job requires her to be on her feet for many hours at a time.
Jessica continued: "I'm one of the lucky ones to be fair because I've learned to control it, all I have to do is have more salt in my diet and need to drink more. So I'm usually eating a bag of crisps!"
The beauty recently won the title of Miss Sheffield in the regional round of the esteemed Miss Great Britain pageant – for the second time.
She admitted that the first year she competed she was "so nervous", but has since grown more confident.
Jessica said: "It's my final year of being able to compete in the 'Miss' category, I thought I'd give it another go."
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As part of the Miss Great Britain competition, all entrants need to take part in fundraising activity.
Jessica has picked a charity that is close to her heart – Cancer Research, as her dad has recently beat cancer.
A local business in Killamarsh called WHS World have offered to sponsor her and she is hoping to raise more money and hold an outdoor event when she's allowed.
The Miss Great Britain Grand Final will be held from September 16 – 17 at the Novotel Hotel and Athena in Leicester
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