The Best Podcasts and YouTube Channels for Nurses to Subscribe to

The Best Podcasts and YouTube Channels for Nurses to Subscribe to BlogDo you love listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos? Are you obsessed with your profession and eager to stay up to date with the latest information in the healthcare industry? Well here at Uniform Advantage we recognize that a lot of nurses are too busy and exhausted at the end of the day to read the latest journals and studies. We’ve compiled a list of resources for you to enjoy and get your learn on! We only picked podcasts and YouTube channels that are currently updated regularly to make sure you’re getting the best most relevant content!


John Hopkins Medicine Podcast ( This podcast is a great way to stay updated on the latest medical advances, studies and news. New episodes almost every day.

Latest Episode: “Liraglutide” Can this diabetes drug be used to help people with weight loss?


Brain Science Podcast ( This podcast explores recent discoveries in neuroscience and how our brains make us who we are. New episodes monthly.

Latest Episode: “More on CI Therapy with Ed Taub” An interview with Dr. Ed Taub who is revolutionizing rehab for stroke and central nervous system injuries by harnessing brain plasticity.


Journal of American Medical Association Editor’s Audio Summary ( Weekly audio summaries of the most current JAMA issue.

Latest Episode: “Guideline stating eligibility and coronary risk, cost-effectiveness of coronary risk thresholds, patiromer for hyperkalemia”


My First Cadaver ( This brand new podcast has in depth interesting conversations with real doctors about career “firsts”. New episodes weekly.

Latest Episode: “My First Patient Death” How do you respond to losing a patient as doctor? What does that say about you as a person?


The Nursing Show ( This highly acclaimed podcast has all sorts of great content specifically catered toward nurses including news, interviews, tips, medication information and commentary. New episodes weekly.

Latest Episode: “Safer Patient Ambulation with Nezzie and Episode 352” This episode explores how the healthcare system is not supporting the mental health of men with anxiety and depression disorders.

The Best Podcasts and YouTube Channels for Nurses to Subscribe to Blog

YouTube channels

Simple Nursing ( A huge variety of great information for nurse students to dominate nursing school

Most Popular Video: 15 Second EKG (THE 5 RULES TO INTERPRET ANY RHYTHM)


MedCram ( Free medical lectures, videos and illustrations explained clearly for all healthcare professionals covering symptoms, diagnosis and treatment on a huge number of topics

Most Popular Video: Acute Renal Failure Explained Clearly


Nurse Mendoza ( Videos documenting the life and times of an RN

Most Popular Video: How to Master ABG’s (Arterial Blood Gasses)


Nurse Nacole ( A certified RN with advice about nursing education and being a new nurse

Most Popular Video: Nurse Education | Easy Way to Remember Cranial Nerves


EmpoweRN ( Caroline has in depth tips for surviving nursing school and how to become a better nurse

Most Popular Video: New Nurse? How to Ace the NURSE INTERVIEW!!


What podcasts and YouTube channels do you subscribe to?

Let us know what kind of content is most important to you!



5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Their Lives Easier

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a smartphone and probably have used it for work communication or to find information on a treatment. In the right hands a smartphone can be an extremely powerful tool to help you do your job better but of course, will never replace your knowledge and experience. Here are some great apps that we think will help you make your life easier.

Figure 1 ( is known as the Instagram of the medical world where healthcare professionals and nursing students can check out interesting and sometimes gruesome pictures of medical cases and discuss them with other professionals in many different specialties. Since you are looking at real patient images Figure 1 has made patient privacy a priority and makes sure all identifying information is removed from images. Figure 1 is available for free on App Store and the Google Play Store.Figure 1 Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier


Epocrates ( is one of the best drug reference apps out there with prescribing and safety information on thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs. Lexicomp and Micromedex Drug Information are also good options but before you buy anything you should find out which drug reference the hospital you work at uses because a lot of hospitals have codes for staff and students to get the mobile version for free. Epocrates is available on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Epocrates Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier


NCLEX Mastery ( these apps (RN and PN versions) are among the best for nursing students preparing for the NCLEX exams with thousands of practice questions with rationales and pictures as well as comprehensive lists of NCLEX mnemonics for quick memorization all built within a gorgeous interface. They also guarantee 200% of your money back if you buy the full version of the app and attend an accredited U.S. nursing school. NCLEX Mastery is available on the App Store and Google Play Store.

NCLEX Mastery Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier


E-Kare ( This new app allows you to take pictures of a patient’s wound and compares the image to previous images of the wound in order to track the healing process. The app also has a powerful algorithm that analyzes the images providing recommendations on treatments that can augment your diagnosis. You can sign up for a free trial at

e=Kare Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier


NurseGrid ( NurseGrid is designed to meet all the needs of personal nurse scheduling with an intuitive easy-to-use calendar but the best aspect may be the social feature that allow you to connect with colleagues that also use the app to share calendars in order to easily swap shifts and communicate more effectively. The app also allows you to set reminders for when you need to renew your credentials and licenses. NurseGrid is available for free on the App Store.


NurseGrid Nurse App - 5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Life Easier

Bonus: Tips to using your smartphone smartly

  • Remember to always respect patient confidentiality
  • Be safe by password protecting your phone
  • Stay off unsecure Wi-Fi networks
  • Clean/disinfect your phone
  • Know the right time to use your phone especially in front of a patient

Let us know what apps help you do your job better!


Twitter Feeds Every Nurse Professional should Indulge in!

Twitter Feeds Every Nurse Professional should Indulge in!

Twitter is an excellent communication tool and source of information when used properly amongst the noise of millions of tweets per day. It offers great learning opportunities as well as create a medium for quick interactions that facilitates easy knowledge transfer on the go! We found several twitter feeds written by nurse communities and professionals that we care about what they have to say! Ch…Ch…Check it out!

Nursing Communities & Nursing Resources
Minority Nurse
Travel Nursing Blogs
Nursing Ideas

Nurse Education & Academics
The American Academy of Nursing
American Journal of Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
John Hopkins Nursing
Medcom, Inc

Nursing Professionals
Nurse Eye Roll
The Nerdy Nurse
Elizabeth Scala
Nurse Keith
Katie Duke
Sean Dent
Doctor Grumpy


Want to indulge in the medical scrubs world with Uniform Advantage, we would love to connect with you on our twitter page.

 Which twitter feeds do you follow? Have any suggestions for us to consider?

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!


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:







Oats (commercial)

GF oats are available


Gluten Containing Ingredients and Foods:



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:



Yogurt and kefir



Ice cream

Sour cream



Casein Containing Ingredients and Foods:

Milk chocolate



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

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:

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?