My name is David Metzger. I am a pediatric oncology nurse at UCSF. Over the course of my career, I have interacted with thousands of parents and their children. I am very interested in empowering parents and children to develop novel and interesting methods of coping through intense and difficult situations. My book, Nurse Papa:16 Meditations on Parenthood From a Pediatric Oncology Nurse, will be released this year.
Blog Post List
April 24, 2020
The funniest line I ever heard came from the deadpan mouth of a mother standing over her dying daughter. I had just walked in to the girl’s hospital room to help her nurse that day when the mother remarked in my direction: “Oh, I see you have a woody and poo on your shirt too.” She was referring to the two patches I had sewn to my nurse scrubs: A classic Winnie The Pooh holding a honey pot and Woody from Toy Story. My nurse colleague whipped her head around, fully expecting the worst from this young male nurse until she too, was in on the joke. It was an unexpected quip from a mom who...
March 8, 2020
When I drop my children at school, I rarely park near the front entrance. In fact, I often park much farther from it than is necessary. I don’t do this to avoid the many double-parked minivans which clog the street like some long suburban gypsy caravan. It is also not my distaste for the endless series of potholes which line this same street in front of the school like some puckered battlefield. I appreciate not dealing with these inconveniences, but I actively seek out the inconvenience of a long walk to school because it gives me an opportunity to connect with my kids. Our life often feels...