Uniform Advantage’s Family Holiday Traditions

Uniform Advantage's Family Holiday TraditionsThe holiday season is a time when families build lifelong memories through traditions. Some have been passed on through generations and some are added each year. These traditions help you bond and reconnect with loved ones, friends and neighbors.

Here at Uniform Advantage offices are decorated, the halls are decked out and it seems like every day someone in some department is bringing in holiday “goodies” to share. The Company treats us to a wonderful Holiday Luncheon and there’s a “Secret Santa” to participate in. We truly feel like a “family” here.

We’ve asked our coworkers to share their favorite family traditions and here are some:

Tamara: On Christmas night my family and I do karaoke and games like Wii and board games. We really look forward to that part of the night.

Johnnie: My family normally eats 3 sit down meals on Christmas Day. The tradition comes into play as 3 different households each year are assigned (or can volunteer) for the task of preparing either breakfast, lunch or dinner for the entire family. It has become one of the most anticipated holiday things we’ve grown to love and enjoy.

Alyssa: Even though we’re all Jewish in my family, we still appreciate the beauty of Christmas lights. So, every year we tune the radio to the Christmas station and all six of us drive around looking at the lights and walking around those big houses with the crazy, amazing light displays. We also ALWAYS make latkes and rugelach. And, of course, we light the menorah and exchange gifts. We wrap milk bones for dogs each of the eight nights as they have come to associate candles with presents.

Athena: In Greek culture, every New Year’s Day we bake a Tiropita. This is basically a filo dough pie that is large and flat like a pizza. We cut it into slices and each family member gets one slice. There is a quarter baked into the pie but no one knows where it is. So as each person get their slice, we inspect them before eating to find the quarter. The person with the quarter is known as the lucky one for that year in the family. Then we eat!

Melody: Some of my favorite traditions include watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Love Actually,” having a big meal with family and opening one gift on Christmas Eve night.

Karen: I love baking and making candy to give as gifts and share with family and friends. I have made the same pumpkin bread recipe for 45 years. Christmas CDs go on in my car Thanksgiving weekend. We watch as many Christmas movies and specials as we can with our Grandson. And we love to see what his “Elf on the Shelf” will do. Our newest family tradition is to take our grandson to pick a name from the “Angel Tree” at the mall and shop for the gift being asked for.

Ayanna: Decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving and opening one present on Christmas Eve.

Robin: My family ALWAYS puts on the TBS marathon of “A Christmas Story.” It’s always playing in the background while we cook, eat, wrap presents, etc. My family can pretty much quote the entire movie. Another tradition my family has is having an Italian Christmas. With Thanksgiving only a month before Christmas, we have turkeyed ourselves out. As a big, loud Italian family, we adopted celebrating with tones of Italian dishes. I’m thinking of making cannoli from scratch this year.

Anonymous: I love giving “secret” gifts.

What are your favorite family Holiday traditions?

 

Introducing our UA FAN-tastic Holiday Contest: A Month of Mystery!!

Uniform Advantage FAN-tastic Holiday Contest: A Month of Mystery!

The holidays are a time to be thankful and all about giving, and here at Uniform Advantage, we are thankful for all of our fans, customers, and clients!

To give back and say thanks, we are treating our fans with a FAN-tastic Holiday Contest!

By participating on our Facebook page through the month of December, you could win some great mystery prizes! HURRY – the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win!

The contest launches 12/1 and ends 12/26 at midnight EST. We will announce the winners every Monday.

How can you earn points for this FAN-tastic Contest?

Entering is Easy and only 3 steps:

  • “Like” our Uniform Advantage Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/uascrubs
  • Enter into our “FAN-tastic Contest” using the App at the top of our Facebook timeline
  • Contribute on our Facebook timeline through comments and “likes”

Facebook Contest Rules:

Daily Comment and Posting Limit

  • In order to avoid any person getting banned due to their comment amount, the following limits are in place: comment on our Facebook page up to 3 times per day and/or “like” a comment, picture, or post up to 4 times per day.

Post Relevance to Topic

  • Points are awarded based on quality, so stay on topic and make comments relevant to the wall posts posted by Uniform Advantage.

Winner Eligibility

  • This contest is open to contestants who are 18 or older, reside in the United States, and are actively employed in or are pursuing a degree in the medical field. Contestants who have won a Uniform Advantage contest within the past 6 months are not eligible. Uniform Advantage employees are not eligible.

*We reserve the right to modify the rules and the contest at any time without notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Are Points Calculated?

  • Facebook posts, comments and likes are all worth 1 point each, but don’t just try to create the most posts and comments. Your score is weighted by the quality of your participation.
  • Higher quality activity (on topic and engages with the community) will earn extra points.
  • Lower quality activity (off topic and spam) will earn fewer points.
  • Having consistent activity over time is more valuable that repeatedly performing the same action.

How Long Does it Take for Points to Update?

  • Please be patient…there is a time lag between your actions (commenting or liking) and when your point total changes. It takes between 12-24 hours depending on various factors for these actions to translate into leaderboard points.

What are the Prizes?

  • 1 grand prize winner each week will receive a $50 UA gift card PLUS a mystery prize!
  • 2 random contestants each week we will receive a mystery prize!

Post Restrictions

  • If a contestant goes over the daily posting limit, they will be warned. If excessive posting continues, they will be disqualified from the contest. The Contest Sponsor also reserves the right to disqualify participants who post spam, offensive or inappropriate language, and/or aren’t actively employed in or pursuing a degree in the medical field.

The more your participate, the higher your chances of winning!

Good Luck!

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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!

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Firework Safety 101

It’s that time of year again. Just when you think that summer is coming to a quiet lull of relaxation, the 4th of July is here to wake you up with some good ole American patriotism.  What blowing stuff up has to do with our country’s independence is yet to be determined, but if that’s “American tradition” then who are we to argue?? So put on your blue jeans (that still fit, fingers crossed) and your tackiest American flag shirt to ensure you are brightest star this country has to offer.4th of of July fireworks around the Statue of Liberty

Though we are a young country, we are a great one. This holiday commemorates July 4th, 1776: the day a collection of our brave, founding fathers signed The Declaration of Independence, thereby severing the colonies from English control. Perfectly embodying the free American spirit, the Declaration of Independence has set the tone for the rest of our country’s history and development.

With all this holiday-hullabaloo, most people lose sight of one of the truest American virtues: safety.

Just do the exact opposite of these following tips and we guarantee that you will have your most show-stopping 4th of July yet!

  1. Hold the fireworks close to your face as you light them so you can get an inside look at how they work!
  2. Make sure to light fireworks close to your small dog so they know where the noise is coming from and won’t be scared!
  3. Want an authentic 4th of July? Have a large crowd stand nearby the firework launch site so they can get the true patriotic feel that our founding fathers experienced under gunfire in the Revolutionary War.
  4. Want to be the star of the show? Wear the most flammable clothing possible to really sparkle!
  5. Consume heavy mayonnaise-based potato salad and at least 10 hotdogs to feel full and satisfied for the long journey of standing and lighting fireworks that awaits you. Who cares if your full belly renders you completely useless in the event that you must run away from a stray firework?
  6. Show your kids how much you trust them by letting them light the fireworks; they’ve going to have to grow up some time!
  7. Tired of spending big bucks on fireworks but still want the pizazz of a big show? Try DIY fireworks! This new trend will put your craftiness to the test!
  8. Be sure to douse your fireworks in quality gasoline to avoid any disappointment from possible duds.

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All jokes aside, we wish that you have a happy and safe 4th of July. Though fireworks definitely contribute to the holiday spirit, please be sure to exercise caution if you are lighting them or are nearby someone else who is.

A Father’s Day Ode to Healthcare Dads

Nurse Dad Poem

 

You’re the first face that patients see.

Care, dedication, and compassion are what you guarantee.

You’re a hero to some, a life-saver to others, and a role model to your little ones.

From sun up till sun down,

On your patients’ faces, there will never be a frown.

Instead of a utility belt and cape, you sport a stethoscope and scrubs…

A sign of a man that is truly loved.

 

When people are at their worst, frightened and scared,

They will always be able to find you there,

by their side as a reassuring, hopeful light.

Taking the worries off their shoulders

With your gentle might.

 

Your healing presence is a comfort to their soul.

With ever-present positivity,

you make your patients whole.

When family and friends are not near,

you never fail to bring cheer.

 

To your patients you give time and attention.

To your kids you give love and affection.

We could not think of a better role model…

We know you go the extra mile just to make your patients smile.

So thank you, dads, for always lending a helping hand.

Don’t change a thing you do,

We will always cherish you.

 

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5 Quick and Easy Red, White & Blue Treats!

Memorial Day is the day that we remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though we’ve been celebrating Memorial Day for almost 150 years in this country, the spirit of the holiday remains the same even today. However, the way in which we celebrate has certainly changed over the years. Where it began a sad, mourning holiday, it has grown into a celebration of life, a time to be with our loved ones and honor those lost.

Everyone is talking about their Memorial Day plans to vacation, bbq, or just relax. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to take time off from being a superhero, like so many of you in the healthcare industry! Just because you may have to work, doesn’t mean you can’t still partake in Memorial Day cravings. For those with crazy hours or barely enough time to each lunch, take some quick snacks for you and your work family to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with some red, white & blue themed treats.

Here is a list of 5 Quick and Easy ones that will get you started:

  1. I pledge allegiance to the flag – All you need is a platter, grab some Blueberries, yogurt pretzels and cut up strawberries and be the center of attention with this delightful, healthy, and Memorial Day themed treat for your entire floor!
  1. Dip baby dip – Dip the most delicious berry in melted milk, dark, or white chocolate and toss on star shaped sprinkles. However, you don’t have to get fancy…even if you put chocolate on the side with a container of sprinkles and strawberries, it would still be a hit!
  1. Mocktails are better than cocktails – We know this is for work, so it can’t be a true cocktail…but flavored juices, whether freshly made or not, can cool you down when your shift gets too much to handle. Make up some fun names or use red, white and blue cups!
  1. The rockets’ red glare – Pack up some twizzlers that look like rockets and lay them out in grabbing reach…add some black licorice pieces to give it a kick!
  1. Bright stars thru the perilous fight – If you want to stick with some of the healthier choices, this easy cut-out technique will leave everyone in awe. Try using a star cookie cutter with all types of fruit like pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon…etc! This is also is a great way to get your kids to eat fruits!

 

Hopefully, some of these will inspire your own creations. You can’t bring in red, white & blue themed treats without dressing the part! Make sure you sport your red, white & blue Uniform Advantage scrubs, or some of our fun holiday prints.

We would love to see some of your red, white & blue creations! Send us pictures, links, recipes…whatever you have, we’d love to see it and share it.

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WE WANT COOKIES! — UA Holiday Cookie Exchange!

Ahh the holidays…the time of the year where tripling your daily intake of sugars, carbs, and fats are expected, especially if they come in the form of cookies! It is so hard to resist the sprinkles, peanuts, and frosting on top of holiday treats. To get in the spirit this holiday season, our Uniform Advantage corporate office gathered their best cookie recipes for our very first cookie exchange!

The rules: Anyone who wanted to participated had to bring in 3 dozen of their favorite cookies…homemade of course (no store bought cookies allowed)! We set all of the cookies in our break room and were told to grab whatever we wanted. Typical cookie exchanges have order and allow each participant to take home the equal amount of cookies…but at the sight of the fabulous spread, all the rules went out the window!

Hands were flying, crumbs were spilling, and mouths were being stuffed with delicious cookies to decadent holiday treats. Plates and Ziploc bags were filled to the brim and everyone left the break room with big grins on their faces. As our tummies filled, we concluded this amazing event will now be an annual tradition, giving us one more way to celebrate every holiday season!

Even though the holiday season is coming to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to all the holiday treats, that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to holiday scrubs. You can still feel festive in several of our scrub prints like the UA Let it Snow Eggplant Print Scrub top or the UA Holiday Poinsettia White Print Scrub top.

Do you have traditions at your work place that are new this year, or something you do annually? Do you wear Holiday inspired scrubs during your cookie exchange? Share with us your holiday traditions and pictures, we would love to hear from you!

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