Maureen Metzger headshot

Maureen J. Metzger

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 5038
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
32 Postdoctoral fellowship, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2015
PhD in Health Practice Research, University of Rochester, 2012
F31 Pre-doctoral fellowship (Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award)
MSN, University of Rochester, 2007
BSN, Simmons College, 1984

Maureen Metzger, an assistant professor in Acute and Specialty Care Department, studies patient and family member experiences with life-limiting illnesses, especially communication and decision-making in the context of life-limiting illness.

After more than 20 years in direct patient care and 30 years as an oncology nurse, Dr. Metzger returned to school to pursue a doctorate in health practice research. She is currently researching the feasibility and acceptability of a communication intervention designed to enhance preparedness for end-of-life decision-making in patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and their surrogate decision-makers, and to describe the caregiving experience of a subset of LVAD caregivers.

She is interested in increasing the understanding of patients’ and families’ experiences with and perspectives on palliative care, and how patients and families make sense of life-limiting illness, communicate with each other and with their clinicians, and make treatment-related decisions. Her long-term research goals include developing and implementing interventions designed to improve the experience of patients and families confronting life-limiting illnesses and ultimately expanding the evidence base upon which integrative, patient and family-centered models of care are built.

NR-SNRS Dissertation Research Grant (Graduate Jonathan Yoder)
Source: Southern Nursing Research Society
July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2023
AANP Grant Application for Grad Student Jonathan Yoder
Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
August 01, 2020 – December 30, 2022
NR-Alzheimer's & Related Diseases Research Award Fund
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2022
NR-An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of SPIRIT in ESRD - A143647
Source: Emory University
April 01, 2019 – March 31, 2022
NR-An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of SPIRIT in ESRD - Per Patient
Source: Emory University
April 01, 2019 – March 31, 2022
NR-An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of SPIRIT in ESRD
Source: Emory University
February 01, 2019 – March 31, 2020
NUCO 4110: Patient-Family Centered Care: Complex and Transitional Care
Credits: 4
This course builds on previous Adult Health courses and prepares students to plan and deliver care in a wider variety of settings and on a more complex level. Half the semester will be spent studying critical care nursing concepts while gaining clinical experience in intensive care. The other half will be devoted to nursing care in transitional care settings, with a goal of facilitating patient transition from one setting to the next.
NUIP 4420: Basic Research Concepts in the Health Disciplines
Credits: 4
The emphasis of this course is to understand the EBP process and its application to professional practice and research. Students will critique current literature specific to design, methodology and ethical standards; frame a research question relevant to their area of practice, search for evidence, and appraise the evidence using a defined template; and explore a variety of methods to disseminate evidence-based practice in their practice setting.
NUCO 4710: Team-Based Care Synthesis
Credits: 3
Using case studies and/or simulation activities, students synthesize knowledge and problem-solving strategies from all previous course work to cultivate critical and reflective thinking, clinical reasoning, decision-making, and a greater understanding of health promotion, specific disease-based processes and/or population health challenges. Students interact with experts as they complete each problem-based team learning activity.
GNUR 6050: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the specialized knowledge in nursing including nursing theory, ethical principles, historical perspectives, and aesthetics. Emphasis is placed on relating these dimensions to the student's professional nursing practice. The role of praxis, empirics, ethics, and aesthetics in theory development is studied. The course goal is to prepare practitioners of nursing to interpret current literature of nursing and its application. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.
GNUR 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 3–12
A culminating experience that requires the student to plan and implement a research study of significance. Prerequisite: Permission of dissertation chair.