On the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, I would like announce the winner of Moms of Fredericksburg’s Nurse Mom of the Week Contest. Please read below, all of the messages I received nominating local Nurse Moms. Each one of these Nurses deserve special recognition for doing an extraordinary job serving our Community and being great Moms!
Stephanie Coerper Wins a Massage from Pennie Rose Massage!
I would like to nominate my wife Stephanie Coerper for the best nurse mom. She recently gave birth to our first son Braeden(10 Months ago) She has been an LPN with Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg for the past 2 years.
I have watched her with my son and there is no woman more patient with an infant than her. Our son Braeden was born with reflux, and he was a very fussy needy baby. He would scream constantly if he was not being fed. I did not understand what was going on and thought that he was just hungry. Steph was worried about the situation but I kept assuring her that Braeden was fine. It finally came to a head when our 3 week old was eating 4-6 ounces at a sitting, then spitting most of it back up. She finally said that’s it, we are taking him to the doctor. This is when Braeden was diagnosed with the reflux. If you have never seen an infant with reflux then you are lucky. Me sitting here typing the words does not does not adequately describe the situation. Braeden was screaming constantly. If he wasn’t screaming he was eating. The patience showed by my wife at this time was amazing.
She has continued to be amazing. Watching her with my son makes my heart melt. I am a cop for a local jurisdiction. I work evenings so I am not home a lot of nights to put my son to sleep. When I am home all I can do is watch in amazement as my wife has my son calmed down in 10 to 15 minutes. I am jealous of that time. I can’t get him to go to sleep for the life of me!
She is always planning play dates with our son. We take him to various parks in the area, walking through trails, and to friends houses.
I write about my wife and I see how much she means to my son, but the writing cannot describe the love she has for him. When I get home at night, at 2 AM, the first thing she asks me is “Did you check on Brady” Then she asks about my night. I can’t begin to describe their interaction. My son sees my wife and immediately starts to smile. He puts his arms out to Stephanie, wanting to be picked up. There is no better mom out there. None of this begins to describe how much my wife loves my son. I see it in her eyes every time she looks at Braeden. I hear it in her voice when she calls and asks about him, or talks about him, and I see it in her touch when she snuggles him. I could not ask for a better mommy for my little boy!
There was never any horrible incident that jumps out in my mind. There wasn’t a bad accident and he was born with no complications. Steph just loves our little boy unconditionally, totally, and without any thought of herself. She is the definition of solid steady heartfelt love. Dep Matthew Coerper
I have many friends & co-workers that are nurses & mommy’s, but I have to say that Erin Hewitt stands out most for me. She is a mom to five wonderful children and still manages to work full time on a very busy general surgery floor at Mary Washington Hospital. Erin as a mother is full of patience, sincerity, godliness, love & virtue. All of those attributes remain the same with her at work. She treats all of her patient’s with understanding, kindness and empathy (amongst many other things). On days when she is our charge nurse she is fair with all the staff during our assignments. She helps out everyone the best she can and always makes herself available. I’ve watched her during code blue situations remain calm, but vigorous in her efforts to help & save the patient. I have also observed Erin at home with her children. Like I said earlier, all those traits remain the same from work to home. She is so kind & patient with her children, yet disciplines at the same time. She is a backbone for her family & a lovely wife to her husband, Jason. I know that Erin would never treat herself to something as special as a massage and think a gift like this would blow her out of the water.
Thank you for your consideration. Let me know if there are any other additional comments or thoughts you need!
I would like to add the BEST nurse of Fredericksburg to your contest.
Ms. Leigh Ann Lazenby of Preferred Pediatrics. My children have had
the pleasure of being Leigh Ann’s patients over the past 2 years. Her
beautiful soft spirit can calm the anxiety of a child, like no other!
Her support to me as a parent is unmatched. Leigh Ann definitely would
like a massage Thanks.
Have a beautiful day!
My friend Bronwyn is a nurse at Stafford Hospital, on top of being a mom to three kids! She has been a great friend to me since I moved here and didn’t know anyone, and she works so hard. Her job is very hard, she often works with older dementia patients and her demeanor and personality is exactly the right one for someone who may be confused and in pain. I forget the name of her specialty, but she calls it Butts and Guts! I know she would really appreciate a massage.
I want my mom to win! Her name is Kathy Young. She works at Mary Washington in out patient/same day surgery! She is a wonderful mom and nurse. She is loving and caring, always putting others before herself. Between working full time, quilters guild and being the youth minister for the base’s youth group, she doesn’t get much time for herself!
My vote is for a dear friend, Carrie Combs. She is the most compassionate and caring person I know and many will agree! She has graduated and become a nurse more recently but she has worked hard and diligently to make it to this point. We each have a teenage boy and toddler age kid as well so, I know it’s hard to have to be caring ALL the time but I know any day, any time I can call Carrie for help, an ear, or a favor and she will be there for me as she is with her patients at the Culpeper Hospital!
Have a Great Day! Georgette Gunter
The nurse I’m entering is Julie Weathers at Pratt Medical Center. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife, and she works VERY hard. She delivered my first son, and will be delivering my 2nd in June. The reason she deserves to win is that her job, as she put it, is not a 9-5 job, and unless she is out of town, she is on call ALL THE TIME. She deals very personally with each of her patients, spending time with them and getting to know them as people, and does her best to put people at ease about the whole process.
A fantastic nurse! Thanks for your consideration! Submitted by Victoria