How can Medical Uniforms contribute to a Hospital Brand’s bottom-line?

How can Medical Uniforms contribute to a Hospital Brand's Bottom Line - Uniform Advantage Group Order Program1st impressions last.

Patients are a hospital’s customers.

When hospitals put their patients first, they become very happy customers.

Very happy customers pay and come back.

Very happy customers will send in more referrals.

Health care systems around the world have been moving from a supply-driven model to a value-based healthcare model. Why? Because healthcare costs are increasing and profit margins are getting lower as a result of only focusing on patient volumes and profitability of services offered. The patient-centered model dedicated to patient’s needs is currently transforming health-delivery organizations in all areas of operational efficiency and growing market share.

In putting patients first, a hospital must take into account their brand starting with the professional image of their nursing and doctor staff. As frontline employees, when nurses invest in new pairs of scrubs in the brands they love, they feel great and their self-esteem levels boost even more.

When you look good, you feel good. Right?

Medical Professionals wear uniforms to display a professional look that is distinctive and symbolizes confidence to patients and their families. Medical scrubs have evolved from being all white uniforms literally, from head to toe to nursing uniforms that are sold in many scrub colors as well as scrub prints. There are also different styles and fit of scrub tops and pants. Wearing nursing uniforms erases confusion and allows nurses from different departments to be identified easily for assistance. Uniforms represent consistency and trust. When nurses put on their uniform, what is the first thing that comes to mind when their supervisors and administrators, co-workers and most importantly, how their patients see them?

Wearing uniforms help medical professionals have a sense of pride about their jobs and their company. It allows them to align themselves with their corporate brand and evoke a spirit of kinship amongst their peers. As a result, their performance increases and contributes to their healthcare outcomes outlined by their company’s strategic goals. This could translate into higher patient satisfaction scores.

Do you have the daunting task of managing nursing uniforms for your team?

If you are being asked to standardize your uniform, or just feel overwhelmed by the choices in front of you, ask your uniform coordinator to check out Uniform Advantage’s full suite of professional medical scrubs programs. They have been designed specifically to boost your brand AND make you feel fantastic in your uniform. Let’s build a brand of happy employees and smiling patients together!

What are your thoughts about this subject? Do you think your medical uniforms contribute to your Hospital Brand’s bottom-line?

5 Things about August

The month of August

1) In the Gregorian Calendar, August is the eighth month of the year. Prior to this calendar in the Roman Calendar, the month of August was originally named Sextilis in Latin being the sixth month. August got its name in honor of Augustus Caesar in 8 BC.

2) August is such a fun month and being the last month of Summer, why not celebrate all the way! Check out some of the themes celebrated:

  • National Girlfriends Day – August 1st
  • Respect for Parents Day – August 1st
  • National Kids Day – August 2nd
  • National Sisters Day – August 2nd
  • National Watermelon Day – August 3rd
  • National Chocolate Chip Day – August 4th
  • National Book Lovers Day – August 9th
  • National S’mores Day – August 10th
  • National Lemon Meringue Pie Day – August 15th
  • National Rum Day – August 16th
  • National Tell A Joke Day – August 16th
  • National Dog Day – August 26th
  • National Just Because Day – August 27th

National Smores Day - August 10th, 2015

National Dog Day - August 26th, 2015

 

3) All August Birthdays birthstone is Peridot or Onyx.

4) Summer is ending and the Fall Season approaches! Who is looking forward to the Fall Season?? Uniform Advantage’s Fall 2015 catalog is here ready to show you the latest styles and gorgeous Fall colors in all of the medical scrubs brands you love! Check it out!

Uniform Advantage Fall 2015 Catalog - retailer of medical scrubs and nursing shoes

5) Popular vegetables and fruits in August according to wisebread.com are:

  • Cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Summer
  • Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Plums

Watermelon - Popular fruit in AugustWhat do you identify with the Month of August?

The Best Podcasts and YouTube Channels for Nurses to Subscribe to

The Best Podcasts and YouTube Channels for Nurses to Subscribe to BlogDo you love listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos? Are you obsessed with your profession and eager to stay up to date with the latest information in the healthcare industry? Well here at Uniform Advantage we recognize that a lot of nurses are too busy and exhausted at the end of the day to read the latest journals and studies. We’ve compiled a list of resources for you to enjoy and get your learn on! We only picked podcasts and YouTube channels that are currently updated regularly to make sure you’re getting the best most relevant content!

Podcasts

John Hopkins Medicine Podcast (http://podcasts.hopkinsmedicine.org/): This podcast is a great way to stay updated on the latest medical advances, studies and news. New episodes almost every day.

Latest Episode: “Liraglutide” Can this diabetes drug be used to help people with weight loss?

 

Brain Science Podcast (http://brainsciencepodcast.com/): This podcast explores recent discoveries in neuroscience and how our brains make us who we are. New episodes monthly.

Latest Episode: “More on CI Therapy with Ed Taub” An interview with Dr. Ed Taub who is revolutionizing rehab for stroke and central nervous system injuries by harnessing brain plasticity.

 

Journal of American Medical Association Editor’s Audio Summary (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/issue.aspx): Weekly audio summaries of the most current JAMA issue.

Latest Episode: “Guideline stating eligibility and coronary risk, cost-effectiveness of coronary risk thresholds, patiromer for hyperkalemia”

 

My First Cadaver (http://www.myfirstcadaver.com/): This brand new podcast has in depth interesting conversations with real doctors about career “firsts”. New episodes weekly.

Latest Episode: “My First Patient Death” How do you respond to losing a patient as doctor? What does that say about you as a person?

 

The Nursing Show (http://www.nursingshow.com/): This highly acclaimed podcast has all sorts of great content specifically catered toward nurses including news, interviews, tips, medication information and commentary. New episodes weekly.

Latest Episode: “Safer Patient Ambulation with Nezzie and Episode 352” This episode explores how the healthcare system is not supporting the mental health of men with anxiety and depression disorders.

The Best Podcasts and YouTube Channels for Nurses to Subscribe to Blog

YouTube channels

Simple Nursing (https://www.youtube.com/user/SimpleNursing): A huge variety of great information for nurse students to dominate nursing school

Most Popular Video: 15 Second EKG (THE 5 RULES TO INTERPRET ANY RHYTHM)

 

MedCram (https://www.youtube.com/user/MEDCRAMvideos): Free medical lectures, videos and illustrations explained clearly for all healthcare professionals covering symptoms, diagnosis and treatment on a huge number of topics

Most Popular Video: Acute Renal Failure Explained Clearly

 

Nurse Mendoza (https://www.youtube.com/user/NurseMendoza/): Videos documenting the life and times of an RN

Most Popular Video: How to Master ABG’s (Arterial Blood Gasses)

 

Nurse Nacole (https://www.youtube.com/user/NurseNacole): A certified RN with advice about nursing education and being a new nurse

Most Popular Video: Nurse Education | Easy Way to Remember Cranial Nerves

 

EmpoweRN (https://www.youtube.com/user/empowern/): Caroline has in depth tips for surviving nursing school and how to become a better nurse

Most Popular Video: New Nurse? How to Ace the NURSE INTERVIEW!!

 

What podcasts and YouTube channels do you subscribe to?

Let us know what kind of content is most important to you!

 

Sources

http://nursejournal.org/community/18-super-informative-podcasts-suitable-for-all-nurses/

http://allnurses.com/nursing-student-assistance/best-nursing-youtube-991720.html

5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Their Lives Easier

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a smartphone and probably have used it for work communication or to find information on a treatment. In the right hands a smartphone can be an extremely powerful tool to help you do your job better but of course, will never replace your knowledge and experience. Here are some great apps that we think will help you make your life easier.

Figure 1 (http://www.figure1.com) is known as the Instagram of the medical world where healthcare professionals and nursing students can check out interesting and sometimes gruesome pictures of medical cases and discuss them with other professionals in many different specialties. Since you are looking at real patient images Figure 1 has made patient privacy a priority and makes sure all identifying information is removed from images. Figure 1 is available for free on App Store and the Google Play Store.Figure 1 Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier

 

Epocrates (http://www.epocrates.com) is one of the best drug reference apps out there with prescribing and safety information on thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs. Lexicomp and Micromedex Drug Information are also good options but before you buy anything you should find out which drug reference the hospital you work at uses because a lot of hospitals have codes for staff and students to get the mobile version for free. Epocrates is available on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Epocrates Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier

 

NCLEX Mastery (http://www.nclexmastery.com) these apps (RN and PN versions) are among the best for nursing students preparing for the NCLEX exams with thousands of practice questions with rationales and pictures as well as comprehensive lists of NCLEX mnemonics for quick memorization all built within a gorgeous interface. They also guarantee 200% of your money back if you buy the full version of the app and attend an accredited U.S. nursing school. NCLEX Mastery is available on the App Store and Google Play Store.

NCLEX Mastery Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier

 

E-Kare (https://www.tissue-analytics.com/) This new app allows you to take pictures of a patient’s wound and compares the image to previous images of the wound in order to track the healing process. The app also has a powerful algorithm that analyzes the images providing recommendations on treatments that can augment your diagnosis. You can sign up for a free trial at tissue-analytics.com.

e=Kare Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier

 

NurseGrid (http://nursegrid.com) NurseGrid is designed to meet all the needs of personal nurse scheduling with an intuitive easy-to-use calendar but the best aspect may be the social feature that allow you to connect with colleagues that also use the app to share calendars in order to easily swap shifts and communicate more effectively. The app also allows you to set reminders for when you need to renew your credentials and licenses. NurseGrid is available for free on the App Store.

 

NurseGrid Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier

Bonus: Tips to using your smartphone smartly

  • Remember to always respect patient confidentiality
  • Be safe by password protecting your phone
  • Stay off unsecure Wi-Fi networks
  • Clean/disinfect your phone
  • Know the right time to use your phone especially in front of a patient

Let us know what apps help you do your job better!

Sources:

allnurses.com

Figure1.com

Nursingshow.com

Twitter Feeds Every Nurse Professional should Indulge in!

Twitter Feeds Every Nurse Professional should Indulge in!

Twitter is an excellent communication tool and source of information when used properly amongst the noise of millions of tweets per day. It offers great learning opportunities as well as create a medium for quick interactions that facilitates easy knowledge transfer on the go! We found several twitter feeds written by nurse communities and professionals that we care about what they have to say! Ch…Ch…Check it out!

Nursing Communities & Nursing Resources
Nurse.com
Nursetogether.com
CDC
Minority Nurse
ONS
NurseZone
Travel Nursing Blogs
Nursing Ideas
RNFMRadio

Nurse Education & Academics
The American Academy of Nursing
American Journal of Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
John Hopkins Nursing
Medcom, Inc
NursingCenter

Nursing Professionals
Nurse Eye Roll
The Nerdy Nurse
Elizabeth Scala
Nurse Keith
Katie Duke
Sean Dent
EmpoweRN
Doctor Grumpy

 

Want to indulge in the medical scrubs world with Uniform Advantage, we would love to connect with you on our twitter page.

 Which twitter feeds do you follow? Have any suggestions for us to consider?

Tooniforms Scrubs Helps the Medicine Go Down!

Cherokee Tooniforms Scrubs Turn Up The Heat Print Top - Style CK680FZ sold at Uniform Advantage

Cherokee Tooniforms Scrubs
Turn Up The Heat Print Top

Cartoon print scrubs are rising in trend due to the growing pediatrics field and the popularity of animated characters on television. So far this year, Uniform Advantage has sold thousands of Cherokee Tooniform scrubs. Disney movies like Frozen, which brought in over a billion dollars last year, is highly recognizable to a child and could be the little thing that makes a young patient feel more at ease. Characters like Mickey Mouse, Doc McStuffins and Hello Kitty scrubs are synonymous with positivity and happiness for children. UA scrubs even carries Tooniform scrubs for men, including a unisex Marvel Avengers scrub top, Batman scrubs and Star Wars scrubs. There’s no doubt, these young patients can be comforted by seeing their favorite cartoon character on a nurses’ uniform. Another important factor when working with children is relatability. Why not have a good conversation starter by wearing their favorite character on your scrub top?

Cherokee Tooniforms Scrubs The Batman Men's Print Top - Style CK6788GDM sold at Uniform Advantage

Cherokee Tooniforms Scrubs The Batman Men’s Print Top

Finding a brand that makes quality cartoon character scrubs at a reasonable price can be a challenge. Cherokee Uniforms has been producing scrubs for decades and is known as the #1 uniform company in the U.S. Their scrub line Tooniforms has all of the popular cartoon characters. The quality of these scrubs shows in the vivid color, soft fabric and sturdy craftsmanship and will last you without breaking your budget. Uniform Advantage offers a great assortment of character scrubs at competitive prices, ensuring a shopping experience that is second to none.

Whether you work in Pediatrics or you’re young at heart, cartoon scrubs are a sure way to brighten a long work day. Shop various characters from a trusted brand, Cherokee Uniforms, on our trusted site: UniformAdvantage.com. You will find over 30 cartoon scrubs, all moderately priced. Take advantage of UA’s Free Shipping for orders over $125 as this offer ends soon!

To shop pediatric scrubs, UniformAdvantage.com has a department filled with cartoon character scrubs for your shopping convenience.

Cherokee Tooniforms Minnie L'Amour Print Scrub Top - Style CK772MNO

Cherokee Tooniforms Minnie L’Amour Print Scrub Top

 

Cherokee Tooniforms Hello Kitty Wild Print Scrub Top - Style CK681HKU sold at Uniform Advantage

Cherokee Tooniforms Hello Kitty Wild Print Scrub Top

 

Cherokee Tooniforms Scrubs Back To School Print Top - Style CK6807PO sold at Uniform Advantage

Cherokee Tooniforms Scrubs Back To School Print Top

 

What is your favorite Tooniforms Cartoon Character Scrubs?

We would love to hear your stories of how your scrub tops have impacted one of your patient’s lives.

5 Tools Nurses Must Have

5 nursing daily essentials

Are you a new nursing student wondering what you’re going to need to bring with you every day to school? Or maybe you are a seasoned RN that’s looking to upgrade your tools of the trade? Here at Uniform Advantage, we strive to bring you the highest quality nursing essentials at the best possible value. We are here to help bring the best out of you so that you can do your job better than anyone else. Here are some accessories that we think are invaluable to every nurse:

1. 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology III Stethoscope

3M™ Littmann® Cardiology III Stethoscope in Plum found at Uniform Advantage

Style # CARDIO3

A stethoscope is one of the most important tools for you, as a nurse in evaluating your patients. Whether you are listening to their hearts, lungs or bowels. Your “scope” is something that you will always have with you and use many times a day.

Pro tip: Make sure you place your initials on these and keep an eye on who borrows them from you.

 

2. Scissors

Koi 5.5" Bandage and Utility Scissor - Leopard Spots sold on Uniform Advantage

Style # K111LDS

You are going to need scissors specifically for patient care activities such as cutting dressings away, or cutting syringe labels, tape, and sterile strips to size.

Pro tip: Always clean before and after any patient use.

 

3. Penlight

Prestige QuickLite Pupil Gauge Edition Penlight sold at Uniform Advantage

Style # PRS229

A penlight is another common nurse tool used to do pupillary assessments on patients to check their responsiveness.

Pro tip: You might want to warn the patient about the bright light before shining it in their eyes.

 

4. Waterproof Watch with a Second Hand

Nurse Mates Silicone Link Watch - Rose Gold/White sold at Uniform Advantage

Style # LO928301

Some nursing schools require students to wear a watch with a second hand that will allow you to easily count the seconds when taking a patient’s vital signs.

Pro tip: You’re going to want a waterproof watch as you are constantly washing your hands.

 

5. Comfortable Shoes

Sloggers Watercolors Wonder Women's Nursing Clog

Style # SL5100WC

Nurses spend hours and hours on their feet so make sure to invest in comfortable shoes that are kind to your feet and legs.

Pro tip: Different kinds of shoes can help deal with different aches and pains you might be feeling in your feet, legs, knees, and back. If all else fails, a visit to the podiatrist might be necessary. Our Happy Feet infographic will also assist in picking the right nursing shoes as well.

 

Although we try to do it all here at Uniform Advantage here are some other daily essentials that you won’t find at UA but are nevertheless very important.

  • Coffee
  • Snacks
  • Chapstick/Lotion
  • Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Saline Flushes
  • More Snacks
  • Tape
  • A Sense of Humor
  • A Positive Attitude
  • Cash (for snacks)

What is your Must-Have nursing essentials? Let us know what they are and have a great day!

Sources:

http://allnurses.com/nursing-scrubs-uniforms/new-nurse-gear-501227.html

http://allnurses.com/nursing-scrubs-uniforms/scissors-17775.html

http://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/which-penlight-do-463474.html

http://allnurses.com/nursing-scrubs-uniforms/whats-the-best-813876-page4.html