What did you just call me? A satire about nursing uniforms….

Written by our Chief Operating Officer, John Janenda

We tend to get excited about what we do here at Uniform Advantage (UA) and recently someone from our design team was fired up about the huge ‘variety’ in our nursing uniforms.’

One of the copywriters (an English major) said, ‘That’s kind of oxymoronic.’

The designer (NOT an English major), said, ‘What did just you call me??’

She was a little hopped up on pumpkin spiced latte and I thought she might be ready to take it to the next level, so I quickly stepped in and said, ‘No, no.  He means that it’s somewhat paradoxical, that despite the fact that we sell medical uniforms, we have a gigantic selection of body styles, fabrics, colors and scrub prints that our customers can choose from.’

Apparently ‘paradoxical’ didn’t clear things up, so I continued.

‘An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side, like when you say something is ‘awfully good’, or ‘pretty ugly.’

‘See, when most people consider uniforms, they think ‘boring’ uninspired, dull, and uncomfortable.  I mean, just look up the word uniform in a thesaurus and see what you get:

  • Rigid
  • Inflexible
  • Normal
  • Regular
  • Monolithic

‘I mean, ‘yuck!’  Who wants to be associated with that?  Imagine if you had to wear a rigid, inflexible, monolithic UNIFORM to work every day.’  That’s the way a lot of our customers feel.

This made her pale a little, as she is something of a fashionista around here.

‘But at UA, we have so many great body styles, fabrics and colors to choose from that even when you are being asked to ‘blend in,’ you can still ‘stand out.’  And there’s nothing moronic about that!

That settled things down quite a bit and we were able to go back to work.

If you are being asked to standardize your uniform, or just feel boxed in by the choices in front of you, ask your uniform coordinator to check out Uniform Advantage’s full suite of professional programs.  They have been designed specifically to enhance your brand AND make you feel great in your uniform.  We think that’s awfully good.

 Have the unenviable task of managing uniforms for your team?  Let us know what ‘great pains’ you have endured to make it all come together?

Your One Stop Shop for all your Medical Scrub needs that supports your branding initiatives...visit www.uniformadvantage.com

Uniform Advantage’s Win it Wednesday Contest is here! Get trendy with Spring colors in the Fall…

Uniform Advantage's Win It Wednesday Contest - Grey's Anatomy Medical Scrubs

Introducing UA’s newest colors: Fizz, Splash, and our Exclusive Color: Rosebud! According to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2015, these colors are soft, cool hues and nature’s naturals. Get trendy with these refreshing seasonless Spring colors that has become out of the box Fall Trends. You can jazz up your wardrobe with these versatile shades beyond the pumpkin and apple season. Your medical scrubs will have more longevity as this trend will overlap into the Spring 2015 season.

Fizz out the old and bring in the new – This blush shade belongs to a nude palette and brings warmth and softness to the Fall season.

 

Make a Splash! – Icy mint is a dreamy color and can be paired with darker shades of Fall as well as throughout the year.

 

I am a blooming Rosebud - This pink is a pretty, fun shade complementing all skin tones and offers a fresh perspective.

 

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win a complimentary Grey’s Anatomy Scrub set courtesy of Uniform Advantage’s Win It Wednesday contest! 

 

Below are the instructions on how to enter the contest on Facebook. It involves 3 easy steps:

1. LIKE this post on our Blog and/or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our Win It Wednesday Facebook contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Blog Post/Facebook post by answering this question: How are you going to incorporate Spring colors into your Winter wardrobe?

 

Once all Blog/Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you have shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 6 winners (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE Grey’s Anatomy Scrub Set. Click here for a preview.

 

The contest ends Monday 24th November, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Tuesday 25th November, 2014 after 10 am EST on Facebook and our Blog.

 

Important Notes:

•Contestants who have won a Uniform Advantage contest within the last 6 months are not eligible to win.

•Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses due to varying international shipping rates and customs charges (you can enter as an international customer if you have a friend or family member with a U.S. shipping address that we can send your prize to).

•Selected contestants have 3  business days to respond to their “winner’s facebook message” after which point they forfeit their prize to another contestant.

 

Thank you for your participation and to Barco Uniforms for sponsoring!

21 things to be thankful for every day

21 things to be thankful for every dayWith Thanksgiving approaching, this is the time many of us take time to reflect on what we are thankful for. For some, the list centers around the holiday itself: family, friends, turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. We’re more “in the moment.”

But when you really think about it, there is so much to be thankful for every day. No matter what your circumstances are, there is always something to be thankful for. Sometimes, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. Here are some of the things our colleagues at Uniform Advantage are grateful for on a daily basis:

  • Simply waking up each day to enjoy all of my blessings
  • Good Health
  • Having a home
  • Family – whether by blood or those people in your life who make you feel like family
  • Living in America and enjoying all of our freedoms
  • Good friends
  • Pets and their unconditional love
  • The ability to read and learn
  • The opportunity to have received an education
  • A job to come to everyday that they enjoy
  • Money in the bank
  • The weekends
  • The miracles of modern medicine
  • The Internet and always changing technology
  • The ability to help others in need
  • Faith, hope and love
  • For good times and bad times – that we celebrate them or made it through them
  • The senses – sight, speech, hearing, touch, smell, taste
  • Kind strangers
  • The wisdom that comes with age
  • Having balance in my life

What are you thankful for every day?

2014 Holiday gift ideas for medical professionals

Gift Ideas for your Favorite Healthcare Professional

With the holidays approaching quickly, we thought we’d help out with some gift ideas for the medical and veterinary professionals in your life – family, friends, a special nurse, your dentist, vet tech, favorite doctor, physical therapist or any other medical professional you want to acknowledge with a special gift. We’ve come up with some that are unexpected, some medical themed and fun and some that are practical.

The Unexpected:

  • A spa day or treatment – everyone loves a little pampering. Even the guys would love a massage.
  • A “date night” – plan a special night for just the two of you. Whether you cook for that special person or take them out to a favorite restaurant or plan some other activity you know they enjoy. Plan all the details and make all the arrangements….
  • Coupons – they can be for anything – a spa treatment, a week of doing the dishes, groceries or gas for the week, a special meal you know they love
  • A weekend away – even if it’s a “staycation” where you stay in a local hotel and see the sights in your town
  • Books – reading is a source of relaxation for many people. Find out their favorite author and see if they have a website where you can order an autographed copy of their books.
  • Flowers – there are beautiful holiday arrangements at your local florist.
  • “SURPRISE” – most people love surprises – use your imagination and plan something unforgettable!

The Medical Themed and Fun:

We found these on a Pinterest Board titled Medical Crafts and Gifts.

  • Syringe shaped USB cords
  • Band-aid shaped business cards
  • Syringe pens
  • Medical themed iPhone covers
  • EMS Monopoly
  • Hand-painted medical themed martini glass

The Practical – these items are all top sellers available on our website. Enter the Style # in the Search field at the top of our website and Voila!

  • 3M™ Littman® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #CLASSC2 available in Black, Burgundy, Ceil Blue, Navy, Pearl Pink and Raspberry
  • 3M™ Littman® Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #LTWGHT2 available in Lilac, Black, Burgundy, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue and Seafoam
  • Zensah Unisex Compression Leg Sleeves – Style #ZE6055 available in Electric Purple, Aqua, Magenta, Navy, Beige, Black and Pink in Sizes XS/S, S/M L/XL
  • 3M™ Littman® Cardiology III Stethoscope – Style #CARDIO3 available in Black, Hunter, Navy and Plum
  • Nurse Mates Women’s Compression Trouser Socks – Style #LO883 available in Pink, Ceil Blue, White and Black
  • Prestige Basic Fingertip Pulse Oximeter – Style #PR456 available in Purple, Hot Pink and Black
  • Nurse Mates “Medical Compression” 15-20 mmHg Full Support Pantyhose – Style #881610 available in Nearly Nude and White in sizes A- EE
  • 3M™ Littman® Select Stethoscope – Style #SELECT available in Peach, Pine, Purple, Raspberry, Royal, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue, Black, Burgundy and Ocean Blue
  • Prestige Clinical I Stethoscope – Style #CLINICAL available in Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Black, Navy, Purple and Stealth
  • Nurse Mates 15-20 mmHg Medical Compression Knee Highs – Style #LO8816 available in Black, Nude and White in Sizes A/B, C/D
  • Nurse Mates “Why Nurses Rock” Scoop Tote Bag – Style #LO914WNR
  • Nurse Mates Black Floral Lunch Cooler – Style #LO9284BF

No Time? No Ideas? No Problem! A Uniform Advantage Gift Card is always a great and welcome choice!

Happy Shopping! If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to help you!

November, Movember – raising Men’s Health Awareness one mustache at a time….

November, Movember - raising Men’s Health Awareness one mustache at a time....

Welcome to fall, where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping and mustaches are….. growing?? That’s right!

November is now Movember or, “No-Shave November” as we used to call it; a whole month dedicated to, you guessed it, MUSTACHES! Well, not quite. The Movember Movement was created to bring awareness to men’s health issues including: prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. This awesome movement is led by The Movember Foundation: a leading global organization dedicated to changing the face of men’s heath.

So you want to take part?

Here’s how it works:

Mo Bros (men who support Movember) first register on The Movember Foundation’s page. They then start off the month of November clean-shaven, and continue to grow and maintain their mustache for the entire month of November while raising money for a great cause.

Ladies, you can take part as well. Mo Sistas (women who support Movember) are encouraged to get involved by registering, creating or joining a team, raising funds and talking to the men in their lives about men’s health.

In addition to growing a spectacular Connoisseur mustache, men (and women too!) in the medical field can sport the I Mustache You Sesame Street Unisex Scrub Top by Cherokee Uniforms all month long.

Cherokee Tooniforms I Mustache You Unisex Print Scrub Top, Style #  CK6876SM

Why is Movember so important?

Bringing awareness about men’s health issues is the first step to prevention. What the Movember Movement is trying to accomplish is sparking the conversation about the these important issues men are facing today. Below are a few facts you should know.

  • 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer, and approximately 28,000 men will die from the disease this year.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15-35.
  • According to the CDC, heart disease and cancer are two of the leading causes of death in US.
  • 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem in a given year.
  • More than 4 times as many men as women die by suicide in the US.
  • In 2010 a total of 38,364 Americans died be suicide. 79% of which were men.
  • The average life expectancy is nearly 5 years less than women

Needless to say, there are ample reasons why The Movember Foundation is taking action towards spreading men’s health awareness, and you should too!

What can you do?

One of the main reasons the state of men’s health is so poor, is because of the lack of awareness and understanding. In addition, research shows men are 24% less likely to visit a doctor than women. Here are a few tips to get our guys on the right path.

  • Talk about it! – Use this information as a conversation starter with your family and friends. Ladies, talk to the important men in your lives; encourage them to talk about their health.
  • Schedule annual exams - Getting the regular screenings you need can SAVE YOUR LIFE! This is also the perfect time to talk to your doctor and discuss more ways to lower your risk for health issues.
  • Eat well - Incorporating a healthy diet is key to improving your well-being. You can start by making small changes to your eating habits like choosing a piece of fruit over a bag chips.
  • Get Moving - Adding physical activity to your daily/weekly routine is paramount to strengthening muscles and bones. Physical activity helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack, stroke and certain types of cancer. It can also help to reduce symptom of depression and anxiety. Try to get at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity a week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides great ideas on how to get active on their Healthy Living Page.
  • Stay informed ­- Knowledge is power. Knowing how to prevent and treat the men’s health issues can greatly improve the state of men’s health worldwide. The Men’s Health Network is an excellent place to keep up with the latest information about men’s health. If you visit the U.S. Department of Health’s website, you can find valuable resources to get you on the way to a healthier you.

Show us your ‘stache!

We’d love to see how you are spreading men’s health awareness. Please share our blog on your Facebook,  Twitter,  Pinterest pages and tag us on Instagram “#uascrubs” and “#movember”!

Paying tribute to our Military Nurses

Paying tribute to our Military Nurses

 

Today, we pay tribute to all Veterans.

We thank you for your service, dedication and sacrifice, especially those who gave The Ultimate Sacrifice.

We would also like to salute all of the military nurses that we don’t always hear much about.

Nurses in the military provide nursing care for wounded and ill soldiers wherever they are stationed anywhere in the world. In combat, they provide this care on the front lines and on the field. In non-combat assignments, they work providing ambulatory, maternal/child, acute and rehabilitation care. They can serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.

When a nurse enlists in the military, it is for a set period of service and they are assigned a position based on ability and need. They may travel to different countries and climates where they face new and challenging clinical situations.

In combat, military nurses manage battle trauma that is unimaginable – land mine injuries, vehicular accidents and blast injuries. In recent times, because of the improvement of protective gear such as body armor and Kevlar, the number of thoracic injuries has been reduced but there are still an incredible amount of limb injuries. Caring for these wounded warriors is a very special mission with awesome responsibility. These are not just soldiers and sailors; they are dads, moms, son, daughters, brothers and sisters. Although it can be heartbreaking, it is also extremely rewarding.

Unfortunately, in a lot of today’s combat, the enemy is not an organized military, but insurgent forces who do not recognize the humanitarian guidelines set forth in the Protocols of the Geneva Convention. The large red crosses on medical and evacuation vehicles offer little protection for their occupants, as they are routinely fired upon and become targets themselves. Being a front-line military nurse takes a special kind of person. You can be evacuating a critical patient on a ventilator in a helicopter that’s over 100 degrees inside in full body armor and you come under enemy fire. So many of those with amputations, high caliber gunshot wounds and burns, are so young. These scenarios can really take a toll on these nurses. Then there are the civilian casualties – including a lot of injured children – and this can affect even the toughest nurse. Many of these caregivers suffer from “compassion fatigue.”

Military nurses can also be assigned to duty at facilities in the US or on foreign bases. Here they deliver care to recovering personnel. The also provide care to the families of the military including maternity and pediatric care.

Entering into military nursing is a commitment and is not been immune to the nursing shortage. There are age limitations and you must be in good medical and physical shape. There are four branches of the military and each have nursing opportunities. If you are considering it, be sure to understand everything explained to you at the recruiting office. Since most recruiters aren’t nurses themselves, seek out someone who is and talk to them about everything and get all of your questions answered.

In military nursing, not only will you come in contact with heroes from previous generations but also those that prove that our current generation is also great; and you will be one of those heroes yourself!

Are you a military nurse? We would love to hear of your service and experiences! If you are not, and you know of someone who does, we would also love to hear from you about their experiences…

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in Kids

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in KidsAccording to Action for Healthy Kids, one in three kids is overweight or obese – putting them at risk for diabetes and other serious health issues. If this trend continues, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

WOW!!

This is a very scary statistic and it really reflects our culture and society in the last 10 years. Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs and less time is being spent with their kids. As a result, they do not play outside enough or are less involved in extracurricular activities and the pace that technology and electronics have advanced, they are now consumed with these instead.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but children, teens or young adults are diagnosed more than adults by this condition. The body makes little or no insulin and daily injections of insulin are required.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Diabetes Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,500.00 to help fight against Diabetes in kids.

Uniform Advantage has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids for Fall 2014 and donated $1 from the sale of each “Diabetes Awareness White” print scrub top and jacket towards the fight against diabetes.

 

About Action for Healthy Kids

Founded in 2002 by former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In 2013, AFHK programs impacted more than 29,000 schools and 12.9 million children. AFHK’s work is augmented by 80,000+ dedicated volunteers and champions, collaboration with a national partner coalition of more than 90 organizations, and in-depth knowledge of producing transformative change to make Every Kid Healthy™.

Game On

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On” program is designed to challenge America’s schools, their staff, students and families to make a daily choice of including healthy food choices in their diet and physical activities. Why? Because healthy kids learn better. AFHK’s signature school wellness program, Game On equips schools with the resources and information to earn healthy-school certification through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognition program.

A detailed evaluation of the Game On program revealed that:

  • 84% of students reported increasing their physical activity levels before school
  • 88% of students reported increasing their physical activity after school
  • Kids demonstrated that they knew what foods to eat and made better food choices at home and at school
  • 95% of schools made changes to their wellness practices as a result of Game On

 

Uniform Advantage is excited to make a difference and help energize tomorrow’s leaders! Let’s help reinforce to our kids on a daily basis to make better choices so they will live to build a better future!