On episode 347 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews pediatric oncology nurse, podcaster, and author David Metzgar, aka Nurse Papa. Keith and David discuss how one can navigate being both a nurse who is witness to great suffering and loss balanced with coming home and tending to one’s own children.

David Metzger is a pediatric oncology nurse and father. In his book Nurse Papa – 16 Meditations On Parenthood From A Pediatric Oncology Nurse, David explores the unique intersection of his role as caregiver to sick children and his life as father to healthy ones.

David is also the creator and host of the Nurse Papa podcast. In each episode he tells a story of parenthood and hopes to come out on the other side with a better understanding of what makes kids and their parents tick. On the show, David also answers letters from his parent listeners using a unique blend of humor and his vast experience caring for thousands of children, including his own.

Nurse Papa The Book

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The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence.

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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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