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Enter Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US Contest featuring Barco NRG Scrubs…

Uniform Advantage's Uniforms-On-Us Contest - Barco NRG Scrubs giveaway

Who is ready this month to win a complimentary scrub set from Barco NRG Scrubs???

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win in Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US contest!

 

Barco NRG scrubs was designed to give our medical professionals flexibility and fit to move as their body moves. The pace of a healthcare professional is fast and constantly on the go and with Barco’s arcflex™ technology, it incorporates stretch and superior fit. You will get performance, style and functionality all in one package!

 

Enter today and Win a scrub outfit for yourself! 6 lucky winners will get this Barco NRG Scrub Set that includes a scrub top and pants offered on our website for free!

 

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

1. LIKE this post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our UNIFORMS-ON-US contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Facebook post by answering this fun question: What is your #1 favorite Fall dessert you look forward to eating all year?

 

Once all Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 6 winners (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE Barco NRG Scrub Outfit of their choice. Click here for a preview.

 

The contest ends Friday 19th September, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Monday 22nd September, 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!

Happy Feet = Happy Healthcare Professionals!

Seasoned medical professionals KNOW their work shoes can be their best friend and a major part of their uniform. Long hours of walking/running and standing on hard floors can be tough on your feet and back. If you’re just starting out and trying to figure out what shoes are for you, your initial impression may be that you have to sacrifice fashion for functionality. However, just as scrubs have evolved, so have shoes for the medical profession. They help prevent complications from your job and let you make a fashion statement. These aren’t your grandma’s white oxfords anymore!

Besides providing comfort, fit, support, performance and durability, there are numerous stylish looks: solids in a rainbow of colors, animal prints, metallic prints, floral prints and more. If you like subtle, there’s a shoe for you. If you want to add a “pop” to your uniform or make a fashion statement, there’s definitely a shoe for you too! In addition to the look of the shoes, there is also a style for everyone – whether you want a clog, a slip-on an oxford or an athletic style.

Additionally, there are other features to consider such as the material the shoes are made of; do you want leather or polyurethane? Do they need to be slip resistant or shock absorbing? Stain resistant or washable?

Whether you’re looking for your first nursing shoe or looking to update your professional shoe wardrobe, here are a few of our favorites:

Alegria shoes are a luxurious alternative to the basic clog. Their foot beds are designed to form to the natural shape of your foot for ultimate support and comfort. Their “Metal Rain” closed back shoe (Style # KEL751) has a mild rocker outsole and is slip resistant. This beautiful shoe with metallic sheen will get lots of compliments.

If you are in love with Grey’s Anatomy™ scrubs, you will have to have this Grey’s Anatomy™ by Softwalk “Black Metallic Meredith” Nursing shoe (Style #MEREDBMR). It is slip resistant and lightweight with a very feminine floral pattern.

Dansko is known for its comfortable, functional and funky styles and patterns. And their “Professional Multi Ripple” Patent Leather Clog (Style # DANSKMRP) is a perfect example. You will really make a statement in this uber comfortable closed back clog.

If you’re looking for bright and bold, the Koi by Sanita® Professional “Lindsey Fae” in Raspberry (Style # FAE) is for you. These closed back clogs put Dorothy’s ruby slippers to shame in the eye appeal department! They’re embossed patent leather and loaded with all the comfort features you need for a long day on your feet. They’re also available in Navy for a more subtle look.

Is the athletic look more your style? Then check out Skechers “Loving Life” Black/Multi Athletic nursing shoe (Style # LOVGLBML). This sporty walking sneaker design features a smooth faux leather mesh fabric upper accented with a multicolor bungee laced front panel. These shoes will make you smile and will be the finishing touch to any color scrubs you wear.

We are curious to find out what shoe features you value the most and any favorite colors you love to wear?

The Right Nursing shoes make Happy Healthcare Professionals by Uniform Advantage

Uniform Advantage partners with I Care I Cure to continue the fight against childhood cancer for the 3rd Year

UNIFORM ADVANTAGE PARTNERS WITH I CARE I CURE   TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER FOR THE 3RD YEARThere are over 200 different types of cancer that exists today of which childhood cancer is one of the least funded cancers and makes up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed yearly.

According to I Care I Cure’s site, cancer is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 15 in the US. Every year, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents under the age of 19 are diagnosed (36 a day) and about 4,000 die from it yearly. That means 11 children die from cancer related complications on a daily basis!!! Whilst there have been major treatment advances in the last few decades, at least 80% of children has a greater survival rate of 5 years or more, 20% more than reported in the 1970s. There’s still a lot to be done and Uniform Advantage (UA) wants to play their part in helping increase awareness as much as possible so that funding and resources can be increased substantially. For more childhood cancer facts, please click here.

The type of cancers that develop in children are different than that of adults and once diagnosed, needs caring for the rest of their lives. Whilst children can handle chemotherapy better than adults, it can cause long-term effects that need an attentive follow-up. That includes the services of specific specialists such as surgeons, pediatric oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, radiation oncologists, pathologists, psychologists, child life specialists, nutritionists, social workers, physical and rehabilitation therapists and educators. Childhood cancer involves a complex system of comprehensive care and support that not only caters to our child patients but the entire family as well.

Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly underfunded. In the past 20 years, only two drugs have been developed to treat childhood cancer. Only 4% of Federal funding goes toward all childhood cancer research, while 96% is designated for the variations of adult cancers. Therefore, at the current time, private funding is critical for research and development of treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

Being a provider of medical scrubs and nursing uniforms, the healthcare industry is close to our hearts and what affects our medical professionals, also affects us. Our customers big-heartedly support our charitable causes with South Florida and national charitable organizations. This Fall 2014, we joined forces with I Care I Cure for the third year and is donating $1 from the sale of each Purple Ribbon White scrub prints to help join the war against childhood cancer and contributing over $2,500.00.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage has continued to support and donated $1 from the sale of each “Purple Ribbon White” print scrub top and jacket contributing over $2,500.

About I Care I Cure

The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) 3 dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cutting edge research for gentler and targeted cures for childhood cancer.  Founded in 2007 by the Besner Family in memory of their son Ian, who passed away from complications stemming from his treatment for Leukemia, I Care I Cure raises funds for research through fundraising events, such as their Celebrity Chef Culinary & Wine Experience on Oct. 26, 2014, at Miami Marlins Park and the I Care I Cure I Run 5K, 1 Mile Run of Color Fun and Family Fun Day on March 8, 2015.  Funds are also raised by general donations or gifts in honor or in memory of loved ones, as well as third party fundraising efforts and service projects.   I Care I Cure has funded over $1Million to research grants. For information on I Care I Cure, events, volunteering or becoming involved, please visit our website at www.icareicure.org.

I Care I Cure’s Initiatives

Kids Services Clubs

I Care I Cure started this to help involve students at a young age to become aware and to provide greater exposure in the communities they operate in. The I Care I Cure kids are young, reliable volunteers and help whenever help calls.  The I Care I Cure Service Clubs allows students to select community service projects that help children living or dealing with cancer as well as other projects that are a priority for their communities such as street clean-ups or working in a homeless shelter.  In addition, these clubs provide an avenue for young adults to build their leadership skills.

Teen Projects

In addition to kids getting involved, teens also have the opportunity to play an important role in making a difference in children’s lives and their families affected by childhood cancer. The I Care I Cure foundation is planning several projects to get them into action like earning community service hours by conducting unique “fun”-draisers for I Care I Cure, developing High School Service Club Chapters, volunteering for the I Care I Cure home office in South Florida, and volunteering for local I Care I Cure chapters and events in their communities. One of the programs already implemented is the Mitzvah Matters Program which recognizes teens who are approaching their bar and bat mitzvahs to do mitzvoth or “good deeds.”

 We welcome your support and let’s be a game changer for childhood cancer together!

Uniform Advantage sponsors graduate scholarships for The American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Uniform Advantage sponsors graduate scholarships for The American Association of Colleges of NursingUniform Advantage (UA) is proud to partner with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to help give graduate students an opportunity to further their master’s or doctoral degree in nursing through the Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship Fund. AACN has formed the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) to provide free programs, services and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs that meet their professional development needs.

Uniform Advantage-GNSA ScholarshipUA believes strongly in giving back to their communities and this graduate scholarship will allow students to be the next change agents and healthcare collaborators to impact a dynamic and complex healthcare industry. They will deliver advanced direct patient care, conduct research, be teachers, influence public policy, lead health systems, consult with corporations and implement evidence-based solutions that will transform healthcare. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 to one winner in the fall and spring semesters. The deadline for the fall semester is September 30th, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 for the spring semester. For more information on entering the scholarship, please click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship

About The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 750 schools of nursing nationwide, AACN works to establish quality standards for professional nursing programs, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. AACN is the authoritative source for the latest data and information related to innovations in nursing education, careers in nursing, federal advocacy on behalf of nursing education, diversity initiatives in nursing education, nursing-level quality improvement efforts, and new developments in the field. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

The Need for Graduate-Prepared Nurses

  • With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, more than 32 million Americans will gain access to healthcare services, including those provided by RNs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).
  • This provides a huge demand for highly skilled providers to fill established and emerging roles that allow nurses to focus on a variety of practice areas, such as adult and family health, geriatrics, pediatrics, public health, administration, informatics, forensics, systems improvement, and genetics/genomics.
  • Graduate students will enjoy more opportunities to impact the overall design and implementation of care including higher salaries.
  • Healthcare positions in high demand include :
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    • Clinical Nurse Leaders
    • Nurse Managers
    • Nurse Administrators
    • Nurse Educators
    • Health Policy Consultants
    • Nurse Researchers
    • Specialist Roles like Forensics, Case Management, School Nursing and Genetics/Genomics
    • Healthcare Administrator

Please spread the word about our graduate scholarship to someone you may know in need of financial assistance. Deadline for the Fall Semester is September 30th, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 for the Spring Semester.

For more information on entering the scholarship, please click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship

How has a scholarship helped you to achieve your dreams? We would love to hear your testimonies!

Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required!

As if standing on your feet for hours a day and saving lives wasn’t enough exercise! However, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland, an overwhelming 55% of nurses are overweight or obese. How can this statistic be explained given that nursing is an active job and that nurses are conscientious of health issues? Maybe it’s the compulsive, quick-fix eating that the night shift causes? Perhaps it’s the unhealthy options in the hospital cafeteria or lack of time in the mornings to prepare a meal to bring into work. Or what about the fact that nurses are dead tired after their 12 hour shift and the gym is the LAST thing on their mind? Well, for whatever reason, this phenomenon exists, and we want to help you avoid becoming a statistic.

These exercises are perfect for building a strong core, which improves overall body strength and promotes more controlled movements. Nurses will love these simple at home minute exercises that requires no equipment other than your body (and maybe a nearby towel)!

  • First: loosen up. Stand up with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent. From there, lean forward, grabbing opposite elbows. As you let your head hang, visualize moving your ribs closer to your thighs with each exhale. After stretching in the center for one minute, move your upper-body to the right for 15 seconds, come back to the center for 15 seconds, and then move your upper-body to the left for 15 seconds. Once you have returned to the center, slowly scoop your belly inward and peel up from your spine while visualizing yourself coming up one vertebrae at a time.
  • Plie squat with different torso exercises: To start, spread your legs about 2.5-3 feet apart and do a plie squat. This is important: do NOT let your legs move, wobble, or come out of this position. Staying stationary in your lower body is imperative while you move your upper-body to build core.Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Extend your arms all the way out to the side and bring them forward until they are fully extended in front of you. Avoid muscle strain by remembering to keep your shoulders out of your ear, as well melting your shoulder blades back and down. Do this motion for one minute. Add cardio by increasing the frequency of your movements.
    2. Continue to hold the stance in your lower body wile interlacing your fingers at chest level. Move from side to side using your obliques for 1 minute.
    3. Now, remove your hands from that grip and punch directly in front of you using your obliques (as if you were hitting a punching bag).
  • Drop from the plie squat to a full arm plank. You can either:Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Hold the plank for a minute.
    2. Sprint using your legs by bending your knee to your chest. Keep your hips down and engage your thighs and butt to stabilize your body.
    3. Push up into downward dog for 30 seconds, or just stand up and take a breather.
  • Sit down into what is called a “C” frame.Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Grab underneath your knees after sitting upright. Your legs should be partially extended and have a 90 degree bend in them. Once your hands are underneath your knees, lean back until your arms are fully extended. Now, release your arms while keeping your legs in place by squeezing your inner thighs. At this point, you should feel a slight burn in your lower abdomen. Grab a 5 pound weight and do Russian twists with your torso while your lower body continues to stay still. This will help tone your obliques.
    2. To really work your core, maintain this seated position in the C-frame. Now, put your arms out in front of you, facing forward, with your palms on the ground. Lift one leg up at a time approximately an inch or two off the ground. Keep the leg straight and extended with your foot flexed. Raise your leg and then lower it. Now, with the same leg, you will bend your knee (which engages your hip flexor) and bring your knee towards your chest. After, put your leg back on the floor so you are in the neutral C-frame, and repeat this exercise 10 times, alternating legs.

Try this work out and see what you think! Once it becomes less of a challenge, repeat each set! We hope you’ll notice the benefits of a strengthened core and looser hamstrings! It will make a world of a difference in your health.

Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US newest contest: Healing Hands Collection

Uniform Advantage Uniforms on Us Healing Hands Scrub GiveawayHi Medical Professionals, who says the Holiday weekend has to end with a bang on September 1st?


Uniform Advantage (UA) is extending the Labor Day celebrations by giving our hard working professionals a free scrub set in our hottest, new and exclusive color, Vibrant Plum!

 

Check out the latest on Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US contest featuring Healing Hands Medical Scrubs!

 

One of our newest additions to the UA family, Healing Hands has over 35 years experience and brings trendy and fashionable scrubs. Their fabrics are either cotton rich: a 60% cotton, 40% polyester fabric that is micro-sanded and breathable as well as purple label: poly/rayon/spandex blends that is “wash and wear,” durable and comfortable. They offer two different fits: classic – a modern and contemporary fit and junior – a slim, stylish look.

 

Enter today and Win a scrub set for yourself! 6 lucky winners will get this Healing Hands Vibrant Plum scrub top and pants offered on our website for free and it says “Exclusively for UA”!

 

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

1. LIKE this post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our UNIFORMS-ON-US contest post on your own wall.

3. COMMENT on the Facebook post by clicking here, Healing Hands’ page and tell us what is your favorite style in this collection and why. Include the style # in your comment.

 

Once all Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 6 winners, who will then receive a FREE Healing Hands Vibrant Plum scrub set!

 

The contest ends Friday 5th September, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Monday 8th September, 2014 after 10 am EST on Facebook and our Blog.

 

Eligibility:

•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 Healing Hands for sponsoring!

10 Ways to Relieve Stress

It’s no surprise that being a medical professional can be an incredibly stressful job. However, practicing stress-relieving relaxation techniques can help alleviate that whole “I go to work and hold others’ very livelihood in the palm of my hands” stress thing. Medical professionals can certainly appreciate stress relieving techniques since they know all the negative effects that over-stressing has on the body. Those who regularly practice relaxation and stress relief experience many positive health benefits, such as a slowed heart rate, lowered blood pressure, reduced activity of stress hormones. 10 Ways to Relieve Stress found on blog.uniformadvantage.comHere are 10 helpful ways to reduce negative stress in your life:

  1. Meditate: This classic relaxation technique promotes feelings of well-being and self-awareness. Simply take 10 minutes for yourself upon arriving home from work to lie on your floor, splay your legs and arms out, clear your mind, and simply enjoy the silence and solitude.
  2. Keep a journal: Remember your diary that you used to keep as a child? Time to start up another one! Journaling is a great emotional release. By writing down your feelings and events of the day, you become more in tune with your emotions and more aware of how you respond to life’s challenges. It’s also a great way to track your progress in building relationships, advancing in your job, or developing a new hobby!
  3. Attend Yoga Classes: A relaxing yet challenging exercise, yoga and its focus on breathing, body awareness, and mental acuity result in better overall health for mind and body. Those who participate regularly in yoga experience lower blood pressure, a reduced heart rate, lower cholesterol, and improved memory. Plus, yoga will help you with your other physical activities! By stretching your muscles and developing greater core strength, you will enjoy an improved range of motion in your exercise.Attend Yoga classes found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  4. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): This relaxation technique, which can be done lying down or sitting up, is characterized by a conscious, controlled process of tensing and then relaxing muscle groups of the body. Most people typically start at the hands or feet and work their way up or down the body, concentrating on areas such as abdomen, back muscles, eyes, jaw, chest, shoulders, and thighs.
  5. Laugh more often: Other than giving you a wicked set of abs, laughter is great for improving your mood and giving you a more positive outlook. Researchers have found that the very act of smiling (even if it is fake or forced) releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, resulting in feelings of happiness! Watch your favorite comedy tonight!
  6. Take a Walk: Daily 30 minute walks are a great form of light exercise that boost immunity and cardiovascular health. Switch up your local route for a change in scenery! Regular exercise is shown to improve brain function and muscle strength in the long-run. Whether you prefer to walk alone and enjoy the quiet, or walk with friends and enjoy the laughter, you will surely notice the many health benefits of walking.
  7. Drink Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants that prevent cell damage, green tea is certainly the healthiest drink (other than water) that you can put into your body. Since it is neither processed nor artificial, green tea has been shown to improve cholesterol, blood flow, and memory. So take a tea break and sip slowly to enjoy the benefits of this amazing drink!Drink green tea found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  8. Prioritize Sleep: Here’s a no brainer – make sure you set aside some time to sleep! Going through the REM cycles allows your body, mind, and immune system to rejuvenate. Those who consistently get less than 7 hours of sleep suffer from poor memory, concentration, and health problems.
  9. Stay hydrated: Remembering to consistently drink water throughout your day will keep you hydrated, which is essential for job performance, focus, and stamina. Drinking water regularly can also result in muscle mass increase, loss of fat, and shinier skin! The intake of this vital fluid allows your body to recuperate from the many stresses you experience on the job and helps you bounce back with an extra boost!
  10. Practice Good Posture: Those who are mindful of their posture, whether standing or sitting, experience many health benefits in comparison to those who slouch around! For example, good posture facilitates breathing, which in turn increases the oxygen flow that our brain needs (20%) to function properly. By rolling the shoulders back and down, keeping your chin level with the ground, and standing tall, you will be seen as a confident individual, which will make you feel better about yourself in turn.Practice good posture found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

What techniques do you find helpful to reduce your stress?