Q & A with Pink and Teal Hero Maria Metzler, RN

Maria Metzler, RN, OCN, is an oncology infusion nurse at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and a 2017 Pink and Teal Hero. Learn more about Metzler’s personal connection to ovarian cancer and find out how she met her husband of 29 years.

Q. Why did you decide to become an oncology infusion nurse?

A. My sister had ovarian cancer several years ago and was treated at Cooper. I was a pool nurse at the hospital at the time, but shortly after a position became available on the outpatient chemotherapy unit, and I have been there ever since. It was divine intervention.

Q. What books are currently on your nightstand?

A. My Bible. I like to try to pray every morning before I start my day. I’m also back in school studying for my BSN, so there are a lot of school books.

Q. What do you do for fun?

A. I enjoy mountain biking and road biking with my husband.

Q. What is one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?

A. My husband and I met at karate class. We’ve been married 29 years, and I have a black belt.

Q. Do you have a personal motto or philosophy?

A. I have heard it said: “If you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life.” It is a privilege and a blessing to work alongside such wonderful people doing something I am passionate about.

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    Maria took care of me through out my chemo journey. She was informative, compassionate, professional and ever so absolutely sweet. She is my Maria. Today…almost 3 yrs later, I make sure I see her when I go to the infusion center for my port flush. I wish her well and will always think of Maria forever. Thank you for being there for myself and my family. You deserve this honor! Luv You Maria!

  2. Avatar Jean

    I had the pleasure to work with Maria for a couple of years at Cooper oncology .She is an angel to all her patients and taught me so much with a kind and loving heart . No one can teach Maria’s abilities. She should start her own oncology nursing program.

  3. Avatar Barbara

    Maria was my chemo nurse in 2013. She was so caring and such a great nurse. I of course was terrified that first day. But Maria, along with Danielle, calmed my fears with compassion and very helpful advice. I will always remember the wonderful care she gave me and I am forever grateful to have been blessed to have her as my chemo nurse. What an angel she is! Thank you Maria! You deserve this honor and many more.

  4. Avatar erika hauer

    Maria is amazing!!! I got to see her many times through my 5 months of chemo which ended in May 2017. I happen to be at the infusion center on July 17th of 2017 and Maria was the last nurse there with the last patient there and it was her LAST chemo treatment. It was also 7pm (2 hours past closing time I believe). She was there with that patient like it was the middle of the day, no rush, not trying to kick her out, just taking care of her the best way she can. I will be at the event this year and I can’t wait to see Maria get this award. As a nurse at Cooper myself, I can relate and I know that she is so well deserving of this honor. See you soon Maria!!!

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