Hear Me Roar
May 2022 Issue
Photography by Mike Force Photography
Jennifer Morgan, RN, CEN
Career: United Health and Wellness Detox
Hometown: Brunswick, GA
Tell us about your children.
I have four children ranging from 19-months old to 13 years old! My 13-year-old, Emma, is a lover of all God’s creatures. She is active in church, youth group, soccer, softball, cross-country and most recently has volunteered her time for the local Penguin Project, which is a play put on by our area’s children with disabilities. She is in love with helping these children and always feels fulfilled and accomplished afterwards.
My 11-year-old is my “bonus” daughter, Cayleigh. She loves her cats, friends and spending time with her family. She is active in band as a tuba player and plays softball. Cayleigh also likes to volunteer her time with our church on Sunday mornings in the children’s area.
Cole is 10, and he is my wild man! He is interested and active in anything that involves a ball! He loves to play baseball and can’t seem to get enough of it. Cole is the most social butterfly you will ever see and never meets a stranger, which can be scary at times.
Lainey is 19-months old and is the caboose of the family! She is easily the most laid-back child I have ever been around and just goes with the flow. Being that we are always on the move, she takes it all in stride and makes it an adventure. Lainey, being the youngest, never wants for anything because her brother and sisters are always at the ready, and I would say she is SPOILED ROTTEN! (If there is such a thing!)
What inspired you to go into nursing?
Nursing is something I kind of fell into. I always had the desire to pursue teaching or nursing, and after working in a pediatrician’s office, I loved the idea of nursing. I will always remember when I was in nursing school and saw an accident on the highway where a medivac helicopter landed, that was what I wanted to do! I got into nursing school and excelled. What was harder for some seemed to come easily to me. Therein was where I found my calling. Emergency medicine is what I have done for the majority of my career with flight nursing for six of those years. It is easily the most rewarding career I could have picked!
What brought you to your current position with UHW Detox?
I came to United Health & Wellness Detox with a vision to see people from all walks of life become free from a life of addiction. I have seen the stresses Covid has created in so many around us and how quickly coping mechanisms are lost. I want to be with a company that values people and genuinely cares for their wellbeing, and I found that here.
What advice do you have for new mothers dealing with the challenges of motherhood?
Use the village! We are often caught in the mentality that we alone have to make everything happen. Often life gets out of control, and instead of reaching out for help, we implode. We can’t be everywhere at the same time. We can’t be all things to all people. What we can do is take care of ourselves so we can take care of our family. If we don’t start to prioritize ourselves then the battery runs low, and we get burnt out. Find a group of friends or other mothers that can do playdates. Have a back up babysitter. Have someone you trust that you can talk to, and more important than anything, make sure to do some good old-fashion self-care. Self-care in the sense that you take 30 minutes for just you and do what you want to do!
What three words inspire you?
Resilience: None of us realize just how resilient we are until we are put to the test. Everybody has things happen to them along the road of life, it’s what you do with them and how you respond that make up who you are and what you stand for.
Spirituality: This word can mean different things to different people, but in our own spirituality we find our character. Spirituality can be in the sunrise and the sunset, or it can be whatever you want it to be, but ultimately everyone has a little bit in them and no one else can define that for another person.
Family: Family is not only the blood relatives you have, but I feel even more importantly, it’s also the people you choose to surround yourself with. These are the people who make up your village, and you can handpick them like a bouquet of flowers. My family lives at closest two hours away, but we have chosen to have family here that is loving, compassionate and devoted.
Who is your greatest role model?
My Grandmother! She was the most genuine woman, beside my mother whom she raised. She was fearless. She raised a large family, and I never once heard her complain or raise her voice. I got to spend a lot of time with her in the years prior to her passing and learned many valuable lessons from her. I remember whenever I was worried about something, I would always get a resounding “God will provide.”
I am most at peace when… Either at the beach, or when I can sit back and just watch my kids playing and laughing. Those are the moments that fill my heart!
What is your favorite Mother’s Day memory? My favorite Mother’s Day memory is when I awoke to all my children in my bed with pancakes, coffee and handmade cards. We ended up with syrup all over the place. My children then had a new beach bag packed with new beach towels and “the fixins” for a day at the beach! It was relaxing and fulfilling—all made from the love of children.
I am roaring about… Take the time to stop and hear the laughter. Take the time for you so you can recharge and be the mother you want to be! Don’t let anything get in your way of being AMAZING, and if you feel you have faltered, get up, dust off and try again. And, don’t stop trying!