Brighten up your Holiday Wardrobe with these Holiday Scrub Prints!

Thanksgiving is 2 days away….the Holidays right after! It is a time of fun, happiness, family and friends getting together more and for our healthcare workers, who will be sacrificing personal pleasure to be on call during the Holidays….they will be celebrating at their wards with their medical family at work.

We have listed 9 holiday scrub prints to add some pop and flair to your Holiday wardrobe!

Most of these prints are ON SALE!! Stock up now!

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Bundle Up Hunter Print Scrub Top

UA Bundle Up Hunter Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Bundle Up Wine Print Scrub Top

UA Bundle Up Wine Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Chilling Out Penguins Royal Print Scrub Top

UA Chilling Out Penguins Royal Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Cosmic Snowflakes Black Print Scrub Top

UA Cosmic Snowflakes Black Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Foxy Christmas Navy Print Scrub Top

UA Foxy Christmas Navy Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Light My World White Print Scrub Top

UA Light My World White Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Skating Snowmen Blue Print Scrub Top

UA Skating Snowmen Blue Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Snow Season Red Print Scrub Top

UA Snow Season Red Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Snowboarding Snowmen White Print Scrub Top

UA Snowboarding Snowmen White Print Scrub Top

 What excites you about the Holidays?? We would love to hear!

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

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”!

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!

 

North Memorial’s Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage – Corporate Testimonial

North Memorial's Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage - Corporate TestimonialWe LOVE hearing from our customers and when Michael Burke, Manager of Environmental Services and his team at North Memorial gave us their testimonies, we were excited to share their feedback!

Problem: North Memorial’s Healthcare staff was in need of new uniforms as it was time to outfit their staff in new ones. Due to an existing relationship with one of our clients, Uniform Advantage was referred to North Memorial to outfit all of their departments except the surgical teams. This interview highlights Environmental Services which includes Housekeeping, Patient Escorts and Parking, Shuttle & Valet.

Solution: Uniform Advantage met with Environmental Services’ leadership to review and choose colors and styles. Housekeeping added a blue piping which gave the uniforms a touch of class. The uniforms have been a nice boost to the Environmental Services employee morale. Michael Burke, Department Manager mentioned that he has been stopped in the halls and complimented on his selection of uniforms – staff is very happy with the design, comfort & breathability.

North Memorial Environmental Services Team - nursing uniforms outfitted by Uniform Advantage

Uniform Advantage: What words of advice would you give a Director who is looking to implement a new uniform program?

Michael Burke: Assign the project to a leader who cares, give them the ability to make recommendations, work directly with the staff on what works & what doesn’t, and finally test a few uniforms out to make sure they actually work. There is the overall appearance, the fit of the uniform for both men/women and to determine if the fabric is comfortable when performing day to day tasks.

Uniform Advantage: These departments have been recently outfitted by Uniform Advantage: Housekeeping, Patient Transport, Parking, Shuttle & Valet. What colors and styles did you select for each department and why?

Michael Burke: To improve patient satisfaction scores “room kept clean” its best practice for EVS staff to enter the room using AIDET which is Announce, introduce, duration, explanation and leaving with a thank you. When doing so the appearance plays an important role in the positive perception of the patient & family members.  We chose blue, using UA we had a variety of pant styles to choose from. This helped fit the various needs of our staff, IE: size of top, hips, length and gender.

Uniform Advantage: Tell me how that process worked for you and what your favorite service experience with us.

Michael Burke: From the start, the UA team listened to what it was we were looking for; they didn’t give up while we continued to search for the appearance we wanted. UA had mocked up tops for my team to review, which ultimately created the style & look we wanted.

Uniform Advantage: What has been the staff’s feedback about their new uniforms? The colors and fabric, the fit and style?

Michael Burke: Statements from staff have included “I love the new uniforms, the uniforms fit extremely well, I like the look of the new uniforms with several employees stopping him telling him thank you for the new uniforms”. What made the impact for me was the fact that there were many, many positive comments on the uniform. This has never happened with changing out uniforms in my 30+ years.

Uniform Advantage: When you look good, you feel good. Right? As it has been a while since you last bought new uniforms, how has this impacted your team’s confidence levels on the job?

Michael Burke: In July we implemented our appearance policy, the EVS staff look good and meet the new policy. Since implementation I have not had anyone give me negative feedback on the uniform, only positive which tells me they are happy with the input given as well as the outcome.

Uniform Advantage: How has this impacted your business overall with your patients and vendors? Are they buzzing about the new uniforms?

Michael Burke: The old phrase, no news is good news.

Uniform Advantage: Would you recommend us to another colleague?

Michael Burke: Yes, I would give UA a recommendation for both product & solid customer service.

North Memorial Environmental Services Team - nursing uniforms outfitted by Uniform Advantage

Kelly Olson, a Management Specialist who led the uniform process on Michael’s team added…

I concur! Yes, love doing business with uniform advantage.  They always respond to emails and questions and finding solutions to any issues that may come up. Our staff look good in their new uniforms.   They are comfortable, breathable and are holding up well with regular wear.   It has been almost nine months since our first roll out and we have not had any issues with deficiencies such as buttons popping off or seams coming undone.  The few issues we have had were due to carelessness or accidental damage by the employee themselves.  Catching their pockets on door handles or objects, spilling bleach on their uniform, leaky pen in their pocket, etc. Very satisfied with the customer service and the product.

About North Memorial per their site

North Memorial Health Care is a comprehensive health care system that serves the north, central, and west communities in the Twin Cities metro area. But our reach extends far beyond these neighborhoods. Through our two hospitals and a metro-wide network of primary, specialty and urgent care clinics; outpatient centers; medical transportation; and home and community outreach, we are a regional leader in advanced medical care. In August 2014, North Memorial Medical Center became the proud recipient of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ 2014 award for the third consecutive year. Healthgrades is the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information. The 50 Best Hospitals honor recognizes 50 hospitals as the top 1% in the nation for consistent clinical excellence based on an analysis of risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for common procedures and conditions. These hospitals are not only differentiated by their overall clinical excellence and have exhibited superior performance in caring for patients across a broad spectrum of care – they are those who have done so for a minimum of 7 and 4 years respectively.

 

North Memorial's Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage - Corporate Testimonial

Fall in Love with Uniform Advantage’s Fall 2014 Hot Sellers – Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ and UA Prints

Just as the major fashion houses do, we plan our seasons well in advance. We anticipate our changing consumer’s tastes and take note of color trends and prints to predict what will be the next “big thing” in medical scrub fashion. With our customers in mind, we always design our collections tailored to all scrub lovers!

With Fall season in high gear, everyone gets excited to update their wardrobe and be trendy for the season. Here are some of our recommendations and top sellers for our Butter Soft Brand and UA Prints:

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Scallop Neck Top, Style # UAS194C - Wine

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Scallop Neck Top,
Style # UAS194C – Wine

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Two Pocket Top, PC62C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Two Pocket Top
Style # PC62C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ New & Improved V-Neck Top with Stretch Panels, Style # STN868C – Emerald Isle

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ New & Improved V-Neck Top with Stretch Panels Style # STN868C – Emerald Isle

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Drawstring Pant with Elastic Waist Back, Style # UA47C - Pewter

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Drawstring Pant with Elastic Waist Back Style # UA47C – Pewter

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Elastic Waist Pants,  Style # UA36C – Navy

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Elastic Waist Pants Style # UA36C – Navy

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s 6 Pocket Cargo Drawstring Pant, Style # UA32C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s 6 Pocket Cargo Drawstring Pant Style # UA32C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Solid Round Neck Top, Style # UAS737C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Solid Round Neck Top Style # UAS737C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ ¾ Sleeve Mock Wrap Top, Style # UAS648C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ ¾ Sleeve Mock Wrap Top Style # UAS648C – Amber Glow

If print tops and jackets are more to your liking, we’re sure to have one, or more, that will get you lots of rave reviews at work.

Scarf and Paisley prints almost seem timeless. Our “Tango Twist Emerald Isle” top with a sculpted neckline and flattering fit (Style # UA748TEI) is a perfect example and because it’s in a placement print style it’s a less busy interpretation.

UA Tango Twist Emerald Isle Print Top,  Style # UA748TEI

UA Tango Twist Emerald Isle Print Top
Style # UA748TEI

 

Also in the parade of new trends to embrace are Winter Garden prints. Our “Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet” Mock Wrap top (Style # WT863LLP) will remind you of a stroll through an enchanted fall forest. It’s enhanced with bands of our seasonal “Purple Velvet” color along the neckline and side seams.

UA Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet Mock Wrap Scrub Top, Style # WT863LLP

UA Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet Mock Wrap Scrub Top Style # WT863LLP

 

Are you nostalgic for the 60’s? Then the Bold Geometric look might be just the thing to make you feel groovy. Take a trip down memory lane in our “Shades of Square Navy” ¾ sleeve scrub top (Style #UA50SSQ).

UA Shades of Square Navy 3/4 Sleeve Print Scrub Top, Style #UA50SSQ

UA Shades of Square Navy 3/4 Sleeve Print Scrub Top Style #UA50SSQ

Like to walk on the wild side with Animal prints? Or Maybe a Camouflage look? This “Exotic Camo Coffee Bean” v-neck print top (Style # PC62ECC) combines both of these looks that are still trending for Fall.

UA Exotic Camo Coffee Bean Print Scrub Top, Style # PC62ECC

UA Exotic Camo Coffee Bean Print Scrub Top
Style # PC62ECC

Conversational prints are those novelty style prints that have a theme or some special design. These are themes being seen in home décor, stationery and paper party goods as well as clothing. Look around in the stores and you’ll see foxes, hedgehogs, owls, raccoons and peacocks. Our “Wild Critters Aquamarine” classic warm-up jacket is lawn party of fun little critters that will make you and your patients smile.

UA Wild Critters Aquamarine Print Scrub Top,Style #  PC62WCA

UA Wild Critters Aquamarine Print Scrub Top, Style # PC62WCA

 

Another take on Conversational prints are those designed with specific medical fields in mind such as dental or veterinary to name a few.   What hygienist or dental assistant wouldn’t love our “Smile Brush Shine Blue” mock wrap scrub top (Style # WT668SMI) with Turquoise accents on the wrap line, sleeves and pockets?

UA Smile Brush Shine Blue Print Scrub Top, Style # WT668SMI

UA Smile Brush Shine Blue Print Scrub Top
Style # WT668SMI

 

 What style appeals to you the most and what do you plan to change for the Fall Season?

 

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!