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?

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

Happy Nursing Assistants Week from Uniform Advantage!

As a Nursing Assistant, you are often expected to do whatever comes your way in a timely and effective fashion. From cleaning up after your patients to making them feel at ease, your wide range of skills helps carry you through a job that demands the utmost in people and medical skills. In times where you are the first person to offer help to a patient in need, your improvisation skills quickly remedy any situation that comes your way. Whether a resident or nurse asks for your help, you know the value of preparedness and tackling your day with clear objectives. With this in mind, here are some tips to make your day run smoothly:

Nursing Assistants Week 2014

1) Have a game plan. Although it seems like a burden with your excessively long weeks that often mean working overtime, arriving 15 minutes early to work to plan your day helps you take charge of your responsibilities. These minutes of alone time will provide you the opportunity you need to get ahead and be informed of your duties.

2) Keep a basic work kit handy. If you have pockets or a waist pouch handy, be sure to keep the essentials (such as a pen, permanent marker, tape measure, and extra gloves) on hand in case you need to act quickly.

3) Let the RN know of your progress and if anything out of the ordinary arises. Your superior will appreciate your initiative and genuine care for your patients and profession, making you stand out from your peers.

4) Be cautious when lifting heavy objects and patients. The physical component of your job can be just as demanding as keeping track of your patients’ progress. Remember to use proper body mechanics and lift using your legs, not your back!

5) Smile! Keeping a smile on your face even in moments of pressure and distress is shown to reduce stress and boost your mood into a more positive one – seriously! Psychological research backs this phenomenon up. Your smile will help carry you through the day and uplift your patients in the process!Nursing Assistants Week 2014 v2

Happy Nursing Assistants Week….We appreciate you!

Treat yourself to your favorite brands with our Hot Summer Sale  at prices up to 50% off!

Five Things Returns… Just in Time for Rudolph!

We roamed the halls of UA’s corporate office to find out what UA is loving right now about this holiday season….

  1. Christmas tree scented candle (perfect complement to your artificial tree…who needs messy needles and spilled water cleanup anyway?)
  2. My daughter’s reaction to opening her presents Christmas morning (awww!)
  3. Egg Nog (mmm…Christmas in a cup!)
  4. Peppermint bark (the smell of peppermint is known to induce calm…holiday stress be gone!)
  5. UA Winter Snowfall Navy Print Scrub Top
UA Winter Snowfall Navy Print Scrub Top

UA Winter Snowfall Navy Print Scrub Top

Five Things We are Loving Now!

Here are Five Things we are loving now at UA!

    1. The Heat being in the Eastern conference finals! (Living in South Florida, we have to get excited about this! Let’s go Heat!!
    2. Starbucks Via Ready Brew (oh, Starbucks, how you’ve made staying awake so easy…coffee on the go)
    3. My first ever mother’s day gift: a clay impression of 7 month old son’s hand (There’s nothing sweeter than a homemade gift on Mother’s Day…not to mention your first celebrated Mother’s Day)

4.  Being diligent about treating my cat’s Diabetes because with the right food and perseverance and he is no longer diabetic! (Gotta love our pets!)

5.  UA Tango Rose Dark Lilac Mock Wrap Scrub Top

Tango Rose Mock Wrap Scrub Top

Five Things

Here’s what we are loving now at UA!

  1. Our one year wedding anniversary (love a good romantic)
  2. Holidays (happy belated Easter and Passover)
  3. Making homemade ice cream (toll house and chocolate with resse’s peanut butter cups to be exact)
  4. Chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven and a glass of milk (melt in your mouth!)
  5. Koi Scrubs Women’s Lindsey Lower Rise Drawstring Pant in Aqua (Style# K701)

Koi Scrubs Lindsey Pant

~ Hannah

Five Things ~ What We’re Loving Now!

Happy Monday, Everyone! 

Because we all love talking and sharing the things we love, we at UA have decided to start a new section of our blog dedicated to just this.  First it was Win-It Wednesdays (we have one coming soon FYI)…now we’re starting a new section called “Five Things”.   In these posts, we will let you know 5 things some of us at UA are loving now…including our favorite scrub top! 

Please feel free to leave us a comment and tell us what you’re loving now!  It doesn’t have to be related to medical uniforms (although we wouldn’t mind)…whatever you’re loving now, we want to hear it!

So, here’s what we are loving now:

  1. Love and support from co-workers while I was sick (It’s always nice and comforting to have love and support from those around you)
  2. A cappella (Who doesn’t love a beautiful song when the only instruments are vocal chords?)
  3. Mercury being in Retrograde (So no matter what happens, you can just blame Mercury! You accidentally ate your co-workers lunch?  That’s okay! Mercury made you do it.)
  4. Office potlucks (you should have seen the array we had last Friday…spinach dip, cake, pie, cobbler, brownies, wings, veggies, fruit, sandwiches, chips, chicken salad…it was delicious!)
  5. Women’s Spot On Melon Mock Wrap Scrub Top ~ UA28SOM

Women's Spot On Melon Mock Wrap Scrub Top ~ UA28SOM

Have a great week!

Hannah