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

More than Just a Nurse….

Nurses are Superheroes. Happy Nurses Week!

Nurses are the underlying tempo of the healthcare system and contribute to the innate rhythm that flows through it. They are the first ones you see before the doctor attends to you, and they make you feel comfortable from the time they greet you with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon.”

Nursing is a “by the people, for the people” profession. It encompasses matters of the body, heart and soul. Like a domino effect, they add their special touches and spread their compassion throughout the entire facility. What is beautiful about the nursing profession is that it is universal and nurses can transfer their skills and add value anywhere in the world!

Whether these nurses work in ambulatory, cardiac care, correctional facilities, forensics, pediatrics, geriatrics, or traveling around the world, these men and women have an impact on their respective corners of the world, and are all here to help us be stronger and wiser. Our health is truly our wealth!

Have you ever thought of the environment they work in? It is fast paced, dynamic, team oriented, emotional and very physical. In addition to being able to cope with a physically demanding work environment, nurses have the brains too! Nurses are smart, organized, proactive, reactive, and are great collaborators and drivers of change!

Nurses are Angels. Happy Nurses Week!

With Nurses Week 2015 starting today, Uniform Advantage is giving you a huge shout out! Thank you for all of your hard work and taking great care of us.

You are truly the “Wind Beneath our Wings” and we dedicate this song to you!

 

Uniform Advantage designs a Dance for Autism White Scrub Print to spread awareness about Autism

Uniform Advantage designs a Dance for Autism White Scrub Print to spread awareness about Autism

Last Fall 2014, we designed a cause awareness print to spread awareness about Autism and donated monies from the sale of our Autism Awareness White scrub prints to a designated charity. This Spring, we are continuing to spread awareness , through our Dance for Autism White scrub prints because it affects so many children, 1 in 68. $1 from the sale of each Dance for Autism White scrub top and scrub jacket will be donated to Generation Rescue, making our total contribution to over $2,600. This gift will go towards the funding of a medical treatment for one individual.

Uniform Advantage designs a Dance for Autism White Scrub Print to spread awareness about Autism

There is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at this time but early detection and treatment at a very young age can help improve a child’s life overall, starting with their diet. Generation Rescue was created because the founding partners and husband and wife, JB and Lisa Handley were affected by their son, Jamison’s journey with Autism. They both also co-produced a documentary film entitled “Autism Yesterday.” Julie Matthews, an autism nutrition specialist said “the road to autism recovery begins with a diet.” Specific foods that have gluten and casein are known to cause serious issues for children affected with Autism and should not be consumed. Julie says a diet without them will “help balance a child’s biochemistry, affect systemic healing and provide relief of autism symptoms.”

Autism was proposed solely as a brain disorder, demonstrating that it begins and ends in the brain. Per Julie, “Through the array of common physical symptoms observed and the breakthrough work of the Autism Research Institute, a more appropriate “whole body disorder” (the brain is affected by the biochemistry generated in the body) perspective of autism has emerged.” Children with autism experienced physical symptoms like bloating, GI pain, constipation, diarrhea, recurring infections, not sleeping properly and inflammation and pain. Autism displayed physical as well as behavioral symptoms and proved that it could not be diagnosed as only a brain disorder. When autism is classified as a whole body disorder, then the bigger picture emerges of how a child’s body and cells affects his or her brain and how it is connected to their diet and biochemistry. Our gut breaks down our food so we can have the necessary nutrients needed to support biochemistry and allow the brain to function as it should. Our gut is an essential piece in understanding and managing autism.

On Generation Rescue’s site, they have posted a detailed nutrition/how to begin guide that will help parents not be overwhelmed. They are shown the tools here and can prepare a game plan on where to start in managing their kids’ gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diets. Below is an excerpt and you can click here for more information:

Sources of GLUTEN to Avoid

Gluten Grains:

Wheat

Rye

Barley

Spelt

Kamut

Triticale

Oats (commercial)

GF oats are available

 

Gluten Containing Ingredients and Foods:

Semolina

Malt

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins *

Dextrin and maltodextrin *

Artificial flavors & coloring *

“Spices” *

Soy sauce (unless wheat-free) *

Potato chips/fries *

Sauces and gravies *

Bologna and hot dogs *

* May contain gluten, unless specified gluten-free

 

Sources of CASEIN to Avoid

Casein is found in all animal milk products (cow, goat, sheep milk, etc.), such as:

Milk

Cheese

Yogurt and kefir

Butter

Cream

Ice cream

Sour cream

Whey

 

Casein Containing Ingredients and Foods:

Milk chocolate

Sherbet

Galactose

Casein, Caseinate

Lactose in seasoning

Lactalbumin, as natural flavor
Artificial butter flavor

Cool Whip

Lactic acid *

Canned tuna *

Seasoned potato chips *

Hot dogs and bologna (may contain) *

* May contain casein

 

Here Are Some Initial Steps for Implementing GFCF:

1. Experiment. Before removing anything, introduce GFCF alternatives such as rice pasta, GF waffles, and other GFCF foods and snacks-this will support the elimination portion later. Try some prepared foods and mixes. Find options you child likes and that you can substitute later during implementation.

2. Explore GFCF resources (books, cookbooks, videos, autism websites) to become familiar with the diet and learn helpful ideas, what to expect, and what foods are allowed. Watch instructional videos – many available at YouTube.

3. Create a meal plan—a list of gluten-free and casein-free foods, meals, and snacks your child will eat or that you would like to make on GFCF.

4. Shop for foods according to meal plan, as well as purchasing GFCF flours, milks, and other cooking staples.

5. Then, begin eliminating one at a time:

Start with the elimination of casein—for two weeks, then…

Remove gluten and continue both (gluten-free and casein-free) for three to six months.

About Generation Rescue

Generation Rescue is a national non-profit organization providing immediate treatment assistance, information and hope to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Their vision is to provide families with a better quality of life and help stop autism in future generations. Generation Rescue was founded in 2005 by JB and Lisa Handley, parents of an autistic child who were looking for autism support resources. The information they learned from other parents about how to treat the underlying symptoms of autism, in order to improve a child’s quality of life, became the inspiration for Generation Rescue. Generation Rescue educates, supports, advocates and truly empowers families affected by autism to achieve a better quality of life today and encourages healthy choices for future generations. Generation Rescue currently helps more than 25,000 families yearly affected by autism spectrum disorders – offering programs nationwide that provide services on a local level and providing mentors in 39 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://generationrescue.org/.

It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with Autism compared to a child without it. Let’s band together and spread the word more to help manage this incurable condition!

Uniform Advantage partners with The Children’s Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

In joining forces with The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), it was amazing to learn that congenital heart defects is the #1 birth defect in the world. It is sad to see so many babies born with this condition and many not even live past their 1st birthday….but with the advancement of medical care and CHF’s research, it is encouraging to see more babies living longer with a better quality of life!

So what exactly is a congenital heart defect?

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. Common examples include holes in the inside walls of the heart and narrowed or leaky valves. In more severe forms of CHDs, blood vessels or heart chambers may be missing, poorly formed, and/or in the wrong place.

According to CHF, did you know that with every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research which is why they play such a critical and instrumental role?? They are the only organization that was created to exclusively fund congenital heart defect research and has funded over $6.3 million of important, life-saving research since its inception!

Facts from The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF):

  • Congenital heart defects are the world’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one out of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
  • Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
  • An approximate 100-200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year. These numbers exclude those dying before diagnosis.
  • Nearly 40,000 infants in the U.S. are born each year with CHDs.   Of the nearly 4 million infants born in the United States each year, approximately 3% have some type of birth defect. CHD’s are the most common birth defect, occurring in about 1 in 100 births or nearly 1% of births.
  • Thanks to improvements in survival rates, the number of adults living with CHDs is increasing. It is now believed that the number of adults living with CHDs is at least equal to, if not greater than, the number of children living with CHDs.

We wanted to show a featured project of CHF so that you can see how their research has impacted a child’s life like Gael’s…..

The Children’s Heart Foundation issued a $71,000 grant to Christopher Caldarone, M.D. at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada for his research study entitled: “Understanding Right Ventricular Physiology in Tetralogy of Fallot.” (2013)

Do you know a child with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)? This featured research project aims to understand the abnormalities in heart muscle function found in children with TOF.

What the research means:
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a common congenital heart defect that involves a ventricular septal defect (hole in the heart), abnormal thickening of the muscle on right side of the heart, and abnormalities in the major blood vessels carrying blood away from the heart.  Children typically undergo corrective surgery as an infant, but often require subsequent interventions to prevent against right heart failure.

In the immediate post-operative period, some children experience a complicated course that involves depressed heart function requiring a more complicated stay in the intensive care unit. Why some children experience this remains unknown. This research will look at how the heart muscle of children with TOF functions to better understand abnormalities found in children with TOF.

The research can ultimately impact the care of these children in the intensive care unit and improve strategies aimed at minimizing myocardial damage associated with surgery. This can potentially have an impact on the need for future interventions and subsequent long-term outcomes.

Meet Gael: Gael was born in 2011 with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). At 6 months old, Gael had open heart surgery. Today, Gael does not allow his condition to define him or limit what he can do. CHF is dedicated to help fund CHD research that is designed to find better and more effective ways to help children like Gael, and give them an opportunity to grow up and live a full and happy life. Dr. Caldarone’s research is a step in the right direction to help children like Gael in the future.

Meet Gael, a child impacted by The Children Heart's Foundation research

Now who can resist this smile??

We were happy to get on board and support! With the exception of Breast Cancer, all of the charitable organizations we donated to this Fall, involved helping children because they are our future and need so many resources and funding. Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Healthy Heart Black prints and contributed over $2,000.00.

Uniform Advantage partners with The Children's Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

About The Children’s Heart Foundation

Established by Betsy Peterson in 1996, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding. Since 1996, CHF has funded 58 research projects with more than $6.3 million. CHF is a national 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt charitable organization that does not receive any government funding. The goal of the foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the United States. This objective is accomplished by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. For more information, please visit: www.childrensheartfoundation.org.

Because CHF plays an important role in advocating for increased child heart disease research, you can play your part in contacting your legislators to ensure funding is allocated for the Congenital Futures Act and to support funding for this research. You can click here for more information. As a united and larger voice, we can increase the quality of life for many children affected……what say you?

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

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!

Paying tribute to our Military Nurses

Paying tribute to our Military Nurses

 

Today, we pay tribute to all Veterans.

We thank you for your service, dedication and sacrifice, especially those who gave The Ultimate Sacrifice.

We would also like to salute all of the military nurses that we don’t always hear much about.

Nurses in the military provide nursing care for wounded and ill soldiers wherever they are stationed anywhere in the world. In combat, they provide this care on the front lines and on the field. In non-combat assignments, they work providing ambulatory, maternal/child, acute and rehabilitation care. They can serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.

When a nurse enlists in the military, it is for a set period of service and they are assigned a position based on ability and need. They may travel to different countries and climates where they face new and challenging clinical situations.

In combat, military nurses manage battle trauma that is unimaginable – land mine injuries, vehicular accidents and blast injuries. In recent times, because of the improvement of protective gear such as body armor and Kevlar, the number of thoracic injuries has been reduced but there are still an incredible amount of limb injuries. Caring for these wounded warriors is a very special mission with awesome responsibility. These are not just soldiers and sailors; they are dads, moms, son, daughters, brothers and sisters. Although it can be heartbreaking, it is also extremely rewarding.

Unfortunately, in a lot of today’s combat, the enemy is not an organized military, but insurgent forces who do not recognize the humanitarian guidelines set forth in the Protocols of the Geneva Convention. The large red crosses on medical and evacuation vehicles offer little protection for their occupants, as they are routinely fired upon and become targets themselves. Being a front-line military nurse takes a special kind of person. You can be evacuating a critical patient on a ventilator in a helicopter that’s over 100 degrees inside in full body armor and you come under enemy fire. So many of those with amputations, high caliber gunshot wounds and burns, are so young. These scenarios can really take a toll on these nurses. Then there are the civilian casualties – including a lot of injured children – and this can affect even the toughest nurse. Many of these caregivers suffer from “compassion fatigue.”

Military nurses can also be assigned to duty at facilities in the US or on foreign bases. Here they deliver care to recovering personnel. The also provide care to the families of the military including maternity and pediatric care.

Entering into military nursing is a commitment and is not been immune to the nursing shortage. There are age limitations and you must be in good medical and physical shape. There are four branches of the military and each have nursing opportunities. If you are considering it, be sure to understand everything explained to you at the recruiting office. Since most recruiters aren’t nurses themselves, seek out someone who is and talk to them about everything and get all of your questions answered.

In military nursing, not only will you come in contact with heroes from previous generations but also those that prove that our current generation is also great; and you will be one of those heroes yourself!

Are you a military nurse? We would love to hear of your service and experiences! If you are not, and you know of someone who does, we would also love to hear from you about their experiences…