In 16 thoughtful meditations, David Metzger, a father and a pediatric oncology nurse, describes the difficult, beautiful, and profound experience of caring for both his patients and his own young children.
Metzger brings in the voices of seasoned nurses, young patients, and his patients' parents, each adding a perspective that helps guide him throughout his career. Equally powerful, he invites readers deep into his days, both the joyful and the painful. These experiences plus the familiar struggles and comic blunders of early parenthood result in a moving, sometimes hysterical, often sad, but always honest look at what it truly means to be a caregiver.
A unique perspective on the ins-and-outs of working in the medical field, Nurse Papa is not just a book for parents but for anyone who ponders life's big questions.
Elizabeth Scarboro, author of MY FOREIGN CITIES, A MEMOIR
There are the incredible gifts of this book -- intimate moments full of depth, pain, grace, humor, and joy. Metzger gives us a rare window into a world that can teach us so much -- about parenting, but living, too -- and the privilege, which feels almost sacred, to learn alongside him. NURSE PAPA is honest and gripping, meditative and transcendent. It will shake you alive, in the best of all possible ways.
Robert E. Goldsby, MD, Pediatric Cancer Specialist and Director of the UCSF Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program
Nurse Papa is a powerful meditation upon life, love, and loss. It exposes the many emotional consequences of being a parent or a medical caregiver of children. The eloquent meditations offered in this book provide a much needed perspective on what is truly important. For parents, it puts forward a path to encounter life challenges which are both mundane and life-altering. It reveals the profound need we all have for balance and self-reflection. This book reminds us that it is in our nature to care for each other and to appreciate every single moment given to us. Nurse Papa is a unique and heartening reading experience.
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Imagine taking care of sick children every day. Imagine that some of your tiny patients die. Imagine you comfort grieving parents. How do you do it? And how do you do it when you have a wife and two small children waiting for you at home? In Nurse Papa, David Metzger’s heartfelt memoir, he explains how his two very different lives complete him. Every parent will understand Metzger’s love for and frustration with his young children. Think of the nights with little sleep, restless children in your bed and the ever present battle of wills with a toddler. While Metzger realizes how lucky he is to have healthy children, he is honest about all his emotions. When he comes home after a particularly difficult day, he retreats into himself until he wife tells him she needs more from him. His desire to nurture and to be present in the moment carries over to the heartbreaking task of nursing children with cancer. Until the last days of life, he is optimistic his patients will improve and cherishes wristbands from children who were cured and went home. He and his fellow nurses cry about difficult cases but they also laugh ad joke with each other. Nurse Papa is beautifully written. The stories of his patients and their families are beautifully written and you grieve for them all. They are the heroes of Nurse Papa but the star is David Metzger. His honest look at both parenthood and the hard work of nursing is brilliant. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, GenZ Publishing and David Metzger R.N. for this ARC.
This book is so relatable as I used to be a nurse myself and just became a new parent. This book gave me flashbacks when I was still practising and I remember I always avoided my rotation in the pediatric ward because it was heart-breaking for me to see a lot of sick kids and it made me realise I am not cut out for pediatric nursing. Over all, this book is heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. It shows the ups and downs of being a full-time carer, as a healthcare professional and as a parent. I was able to pick-up reflections in the book on the essence of being a parent and I hope other readers will do too. I commend nurse papa for doing an amazing job!