Maple Grove Resident Carries Caring, Compassion – and a Crown
May 19, 2017 05:59AM
By Wendy Erlien
Jamie Whitehead (center) along with staff at Methodist Hospital Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center. (photo provided Park Nicollet)
When Jamie Whitehead first started participating in pageants during her senior year in high, the journey to Miss Minnesota – United States, wasn’t her intended destination.
After participating in her hometown pageant opportunity, Whitehead said she enjoyed the experience and continued to participate in pageants. Eventually, leading up to being crowned Miss Minnesota – United States experience in February.
Throughout the experience, which she considers a hobby, Whitehead also focused on her nursing career. Nearly two years ago, she started her career in a hospital setting. Last fall, she made the move to Maple Grove and to a new job at a non-invasive cardiology lab at Methodist Hospital Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center.
“I’ve fallen in love with it,” she said of her role at the Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center. “The interaction with patients, my coworkers – it has been great.”
Her focus on helping others branched out to her yearlong platform as Miss Minnesota – “Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes: Risking Their Lives to Save Ours” – which includes recognizing those in public service (such as police and firefighters).
“When I worked in the ER, I would hear stories of what they would go through – situations the are in,” she said. “I wanted to highlight what they do.”Whitehead is scheduled to travel to compete for Miss United States at the national pageant in July.