Welcome to the Christmas Edition of Change of Shift. Curious George and the man in the yellow hat are hosting this year’s holiday edition. I want to thank Kim from Emeriblog for allowing George to share his Christmas story with the readers of Change of Shift. George recently had a big adventure at a children’s hospital. Take a look.

Curious George loves Christmas trees, so the man in the yellow hat took Curious George Christmas tree shopping. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? During his big adventure, Curious George got, well, curious, and climbed into a tree that was cut down and delivered to a children’s hospital. Check out Curious George hanging from the tree. That’s something you don’t see everyday. Normal people with sharp brains don’t usually see monkeys hanging from Christmas trees. Alvaro Fernandez from Sharp Brains presents Cognitive screenings and Alzheimer’s Disease. Don’t worry. You really are seeing a monkey hanging in a Christmas tree.

I think Curious George would make a great travel nurse. He loves getting around and seeing the world. Bret Nellor presents Travel Nurse to Mission Control posted at Travel Nursing Blog. Bret talks about the importance of having a mission statement for our nursing career.

Curious George decided to hop out of the tree and explore the hospital. It was a busy place, and there was a lot of things to see and do. He really loved looking at the x-rays. Curious George liked learning about new things just like Miss Elaine from miss-elaine-ious-rn. Miss Elaine is a big fan of continuing education. Learning new things isn’t just about monkey see, monkey do. Miss Elaine wants us to know that we need to hit the books.

Curious George is sitting by a little boy with a broken leg. That little boy is lucky. He will walk again and lead a happy normal life. Not everyone in a hospital is so lucky. Pam from Ten O’Clock Scholar writes a haunting post about a young man whose life will never be the same again.

The doctors and nurses couldn’t keep up with Curious George. He was into everything but he was having a lot of fun. Unfortunately, hospitals aren’t fun and games for everyone, especially for children. Sometimes health care professionals are asked to answer tough questions. Jeanette Vaughan Duric, RN sent in a wonderful article that she wrote for MDA Publications. Her article describes how tough talks demand special skills.

Then George found something very interesting. He found his Christmas tree. George knew that Christmas trees were supposed to have tinsel and twinkling lights and shiny ornaments. But this tree was empty. George thought and thought–and then he had an idea. He was an inventive little monkey who could solve almost any problem by using his critical thinking skills. Nurses are also using their critical thinking skills as a way of solving the nursing shortage. Strong One from My Strong Medicine sent in this post about a high school student who was invited to visit his workplace. The student spent a couple hours with with Strong One as part of her ‘job-shadowing’ project. Strong One also sent in this post about pens. Every nurse loves to find pens in their Christmas stockings.

And then a nurse arrived and what did she see? A monkey making a big mess out of a Christmas tree. “Come along,” the nurse said, picking George up. “I’d better get you out of here before you can ruin anything else.”

I hope that the nurse used proper body mechanics when she picked George up off of the floor. We wouldn’t want her to hurt her back. Dean Moyer of The Back Pain Blog shares Part 4 in the series: What Causes Herniated Discs? This installment looks at Twisting and the Herniated Disc , and discusses a very common risk factor associated with disc failure.

A group of children crowded around the nurse. They were all patients at the hospital. Even though it was almost Christmas, the children were not smiling or looking happy. Then a girl in a cast stared at George’s tree. She suddenly giggled. “Look,” she said. “It’s my x-ray!” A boy laughed. “And there’s a ballon from my room.” All the children started chattering and laughing as they looked at George’s funny decorations.

“Can’t he stay for the party?” a boy asked the nurse. “Please let him stay! Please!” the other children chimed in.

When she saw how happy the children looked, the nurse looked happier, too. “I suppose he can stay,” she said. “IF he promises to help fix the tree!”

George was happy to help. The children helped, too. Some of them returned George’s decorations, while others handed George the real ornaments. He scampered up and down, stringing lights and hanging tinsel. Being a monkey, he was good at that sort of thing. He was also good at making the children laugh.

When the tree was finished, George helped open the gifts. Check out all those gifts underneath the Christmas tree. Alisa Miller from USPharmD+ gave us an insightful post as her gift to Change of Shift. She gives us the gift of knowledge. Check out her list of the top 50 medical ethics blogs.

George was having such a good time that he completely forgot he was lost…

…until the man with the yellow hat hurried into the room. “There you are, George!” he cried. “I followed that truck all the way here.” George was very happy to be reunited with his friend. The nurse invited them both to stay for milk and cookies.

Sandy Szwarc from Junkfood Science wonders if the online health information about the milk and those cookies is accurate. Information on a website can be deceiving.

“Ho ho ho! Did someone mention milk and cookies?” A man in a red suit walked into the room, his belly jiggling. He was holding a beautiful golden star. George’s eyes widened. It was Santa Claus! “Who would like to put the star on top of the tree?” Santa asked. “George!” the children all cried at once. “Let George do it!”

Geroge scurried up the tree one last time He put the golden star in place carefully. He turned to the crowd below and thanked everyone for stopping in for this year’s Christmas edition of Change of Shift. Next Change of Shift is being hosted by Crzegrl.net on January 8th. Happy holidays everyone!