EP 106: Oncology Pediatrics with David Metzger

Children can get sick, and that is normal. However, when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can be harrowing to the parents and other family members. Why do children get sick with cancer? Is it a genetic thing? Or is it happening more often than we think? 

Many things cause cancer, and if your child is diagnosed with it, how can you make their lives at ease? How can one deal with a sick child? 

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to our guest, David Metzger, a pediatric oncology nurse, and father. He is the author of the upcoming book, Nurse Papa: 16 Meditations From A Pediatric Oncology Nurse, exploring his role in caring for sick children while raising healthy kids. He is also the podcast host, also called Nurse Papa. 

Join us as we talk to David about oncology pediatrics, his book, and what’s it like being a nurse in this department. 

IG page: @nursepapathebook.com

Book Available August 2021 

Questions We Asked:

  1. What do you do as a pediatric oncology nurse? 
  2. What is the biggest reward that you get working with oncology pediatrics?  
  3. What is one of the greatest challenges you face as a pediatric nurse?
  4. Do you think young kids understand what cancer is and the situation that they are in?
  5. How do you leave work behind taking care of ill children and transition into raising healthy kids as a parent?
  6. What have you learned on our journey being a father and what it takes to create a fruitful relationship with your kids?
  7. Can you share some of your favorite meditations from your book? 
  8. How do you create your work/life balance? 
  9. If your experience is different from being a male nurse working with pediatrics?
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