Morgan Hennessey is a world-changer. Morgan is a 2011 nursing graduate who is unemployed but not discouraged. God has nudged her to use this time of job-hunting to reach out to local nursing communities about how they can help combat human trafficking.
In recent months, Morgan has contacted local medical centers and hospitals about empowering nurses to recognize victims of human trafficking when they enter the health care system. She began a petition so that early intervention strategies can be developed for those trapped by injustice. But Morgan's passion for this issue was clearly evident as a student leader in Nurses Christian Fellowship.
Before graduating in May 2011, Morgan was an NCF student leader at The College of New Jersey. When the TCNJ InterVarsity group hosted a "Price of Life" outreach on campus last spring, Morgan and the NCF group organized a presentation for nursing majors to talk about a new topic for many of them: The Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking.
"Nurses have unique and crucial opportunities to identify victims of human trafficking in emergency departments and clinics," Morgan said. "We must learn how to recognize, assess and report cases of human trafficking, as well as how to care for these especially vulnerable patients and recommend available services for recovering victims."
By discussing this overlooked topic, Morgan hoped her classmates would learn how to respond appropriately in their future nursing practice and also influence the policies of their workplace.
Starting an NCF group
It was Morgan's leadership and vision that began the NCF ministry at TCNJ. In her sophomore year, she started a nursing small group Bible study. As a service activity, group members made fun "survival kits" and handed them out to freshmen after their first Anatomy exams, which has now become a tradition of the NCF group. By the time Morgan was a senior, the ministry to nursing students grew into two small-group Bible studies and a weekly NCF meeting.
"Morgan was one of the best small group leaders we've ever had at TCNJ," said InterVarsity staff Christine Loesser. "She was instrumental in the expansion of our outreach to nursing majors and was always curious about the resources of NCF for those in the nursing profession."
The NCF group not only tackles serious issues but loves to have fun together. Last spring they pooled their artistic talents to create the NCF Head-to-Toe Assessment Music Video, a frolicking summary of what they're learning in nursing school.
Morgan Hennessey may not have a job, but she has a mission – and this passionate world-changer is just getting started.