Happy Feet = Happy Healthcare Professionals!

Seasoned medical professionals KNOW their work shoes can be their best friend and a major part of their uniform. Long hours of walking/running and standing on hard floors can be tough on your feet and back. If you’re just starting out and trying to figure out what shoes are for you, your initial impression may be that you have to sacrifice fashion for functionality. However, just as scrubs have evolved, so have shoes for the medical profession. They help prevent complications from your job and let you make a fashion statement. These aren’t your grandma’s white oxfords anymore!

Besides providing comfort, fit, support, performance and durability, there are numerous stylish looks: solids in a rainbow of colors, animal prints, metallic prints, floral prints and more. If you like subtle, there’s a shoe for you. If you want to add a “pop” to your uniform or make a fashion statement, there’s definitely a shoe for you too! In addition to the look of the shoes, there is also a style for everyone – whether you want a clog, a slip-on an oxford or an athletic style.

Additionally, there are other features to consider such as the material the shoes are made of; do you want leather or polyurethane? Do they need to be slip resistant or shock absorbing? Stain resistant or washable?

Whether you’re looking for your first nursing shoe or looking to update your professional shoe wardrobe, here are a few of our favorites:

Alegria shoes are a luxurious alternative to the basic clog. Their foot beds are designed to form to the natural shape of your foot for ultimate support and comfort. Their “Metal Rain” closed back shoe (Style # KEL751) has a mild rocker outsole and is slip resistant. This beautiful shoe with metallic sheen will get lots of compliments.

If you are in love with Grey’s Anatomy™ scrubs, you will have to have this Grey’s Anatomy™ by Softwalk “Black Metallic Meredith” Nursing shoe (Style #MEREDBMR). It is slip resistant and lightweight with a very feminine floral pattern.

Dansko is known for its comfortable, functional and funky styles and patterns. And their “Professional Multi Ripple” Patent Leather Clog (Style # DANSKMRP) is a perfect example. You will really make a statement in this uber comfortable closed back clog.

If you’re looking for bright and bold, the Koi by Sanita® Professional “Lindsey Fae” in Raspberry (Style # FAE) is for you. These closed back clogs put Dorothy’s ruby slippers to shame in the eye appeal department! They’re embossed patent leather and loaded with all the comfort features you need for a long day on your feet. They’re also available in Navy for a more subtle look.

Is the athletic look more your style? Then check out Skechers “Loving Life” Black/Multi Athletic nursing shoe (Style # LOVGLBML). This sporty walking sneaker design features a smooth faux leather mesh fabric upper accented with a multicolor bungee laced front panel. These shoes will make you smile and will be the finishing touch to any color scrubs you wear.

We are curious to find out what shoe features you value the most and any favorite colors you love to wear?

The Right Nursing shoes make Happy Healthcare Professionals by Uniform Advantage

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!

Uniform Advantage sponsors graduate scholarships for The American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Uniform Advantage sponsors graduate scholarships for The American Association of Colleges of NursingUniform Advantage (UA) is proud to partner with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to help give graduate students an opportunity to further their master’s or doctoral degree in nursing through the Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship Fund. AACN has formed the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) to provide free programs, services and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs that meet their professional development needs.

Uniform Advantage-GNSA ScholarshipUA believes strongly in giving back to their communities and this graduate scholarship will allow students to be the next change agents and healthcare collaborators to impact a dynamic and complex healthcare industry. They will deliver advanced direct patient care, conduct research, be teachers, influence public policy, lead health systems, consult with corporations and implement evidence-based solutions that will transform healthcare. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 to one winner in the fall and spring semesters. The deadline for the fall semester is September 30th, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 for the spring semester. For more information on entering the scholarship, please click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship

About The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 750 schools of nursing nationwide, AACN works to establish quality standards for professional nursing programs, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. AACN is the authoritative source for the latest data and information related to innovations in nursing education, careers in nursing, federal advocacy on behalf of nursing education, diversity initiatives in nursing education, nursing-level quality improvement efforts, and new developments in the field. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

The Need for Graduate-Prepared Nurses

  • With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, more than 32 million Americans will gain access to healthcare services, including those provided by RNs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).
  • This provides a huge demand for highly skilled providers to fill established and emerging roles that allow nurses to focus on a variety of practice areas, such as adult and family health, geriatrics, pediatrics, public health, administration, informatics, forensics, systems improvement, and genetics/genomics.
  • Graduate students will enjoy more opportunities to impact the overall design and implementation of care including higher salaries.
  • Healthcare positions in high demand include :
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    • Clinical Nurse Leaders
    • Nurse Managers
    • Nurse Administrators
    • Nurse Educators
    • Health Policy Consultants
    • Nurse Researchers
    • Specialist Roles like Forensics, Case Management, School Nursing and Genetics/Genomics
    • Healthcare Administrator

Please spread the word about our graduate scholarship to someone you may know in need of financial assistance. Deadline for the Fall Semester is September 30th, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 for the Spring Semester.

For more information on entering the scholarship, please click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship

How has a scholarship helped you to achieve your dreams? We would love to hear your testimonies!

10 Ways to Relieve Stress

It’s no surprise that being a medical professional can be an incredibly stressful job. However, practicing stress-relieving relaxation techniques can help alleviate that whole “I go to work and hold others’ very livelihood in the palm of my hands” stress thing. Medical professionals can certainly appreciate stress relieving techniques since they know all the negative effects that over-stressing has on the body. Those who regularly practice relaxation and stress relief experience many positive health benefits, such as a slowed heart rate, lowered blood pressure, reduced activity of stress hormones. 10 Ways to Relieve Stress found on blog.uniformadvantage.comHere are 10 helpful ways to reduce negative stress in your life:

  1. Meditate: This classic relaxation technique promotes feelings of well-being and self-awareness. Simply take 10 minutes for yourself upon arriving home from work to lie on your floor, splay your legs and arms out, clear your mind, and simply enjoy the silence and solitude.
  2. Keep a journal: Remember your diary that you used to keep as a child? Time to start up another one! Journaling is a great emotional release. By writing down your feelings and events of the day, you become more in tune with your emotions and more aware of how you respond to life’s challenges. It’s also a great way to track your progress in building relationships, advancing in your job, or developing a new hobby!
  3. Attend Yoga Classes: A relaxing yet challenging exercise, yoga and its focus on breathing, body awareness, and mental acuity result in better overall health for mind and body. Those who participate regularly in yoga experience lower blood pressure, a reduced heart rate, lower cholesterol, and improved memory. Plus, yoga will help you with your other physical activities! By stretching your muscles and developing greater core strength, you will enjoy an improved range of motion in your exercise.Attend Yoga classes found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  4. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): This relaxation technique, which can be done lying down or sitting up, is characterized by a conscious, controlled process of tensing and then relaxing muscle groups of the body. Most people typically start at the hands or feet and work their way up or down the body, concentrating on areas such as abdomen, back muscles, eyes, jaw, chest, shoulders, and thighs.
  5. Laugh more often: Other than giving you a wicked set of abs, laughter is great for improving your mood and giving you a more positive outlook. Researchers have found that the very act of smiling (even if it is fake or forced) releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, resulting in feelings of happiness! Watch your favorite comedy tonight!
  6. Take a Walk: Daily 30 minute walks are a great form of light exercise that boost immunity and cardiovascular health. Switch up your local route for a change in scenery! Regular exercise is shown to improve brain function and muscle strength in the long-run. Whether you prefer to walk alone and enjoy the quiet, or walk with friends and enjoy the laughter, you will surely notice the many health benefits of walking.
  7. Drink Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants that prevent cell damage, green tea is certainly the healthiest drink (other than water) that you can put into your body. Since it is neither processed nor artificial, green tea has been shown to improve cholesterol, blood flow, and memory. So take a tea break and sip slowly to enjoy the benefits of this amazing drink!Drink green tea found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  8. Prioritize Sleep: Here’s a no brainer – make sure you set aside some time to sleep! Going through the REM cycles allows your body, mind, and immune system to rejuvenate. Those who consistently get less than 7 hours of sleep suffer from poor memory, concentration, and health problems.
  9. Stay hydrated: Remembering to consistently drink water throughout your day will keep you hydrated, which is essential for job performance, focus, and stamina. Drinking water regularly can also result in muscle mass increase, loss of fat, and shinier skin! The intake of this vital fluid allows your body to recuperate from the many stresses you experience on the job and helps you bounce back with an extra boost!
  10. Practice Good Posture: Those who are mindful of their posture, whether standing or sitting, experience many health benefits in comparison to those who slouch around! For example, good posture facilitates breathing, which in turn increases the oxygen flow that our brain needs (20%) to function properly. By rolling the shoulders back and down, keeping your chin level with the ground, and standing tall, you will be seen as a confident individual, which will make you feel better about yourself in turn.Practice good posture found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

What techniques do you find helpful to reduce your stress?

Could Travel Nursing Be in Your Future?

Are you a fan of travel? Do you also enjoy your nursing profession? Well, a career in travel nursing is exactly as it sounds: you travel the country as a nurse! As a travel nurse, you aid healthcare facilities that have employee shortages. For example, if a hospital’s top RN in Chicago had to take maternity leave, you would fill her spot until she returns. Each term with the healthcare facility typically lasts around 13 weeks, according to Nurse Together. To search for a job opportunity in the country, travel nurses typically search online for hospitals that are short-staffed in any city of their choice. Recruiting agencies and travel nursing companies serve as the middle man in this scenario, assisting nurses with getting the job and settling down in their city by providing help with locating a home, providing utilities, and getting cable and internet.Could Travel Nursing Be in Your Future?

In addition to the agencies helping you out along the way, there are plenty of other benefits to this unique nursing career. Most RNs who choose to be traveling nurses have a flexible living situation; they’re typically young, excited about the prospect of travel, and don’t have many obligations holding them down in their original home. This career is ideal for those who are looking to move to a new city! By trying out different locations across the country, you can truly get a feel for the place before you commit. According to a survey conducted by Onward Healthcare, one of the best parts of this career is the elevated, median $80,000 salary. A truly immersive experience, travel nursing allows RNs to create a broad network of professional contacts who can show them new techniques and methods.

Would you ever consider travel nursing as a career option? Let us know what you think!

Will women ever reduce the Glass Escalator effect?

The “glass ceiling,” a term used to describe women’s inability to advance in their career and receive equal pay as men solely because of their gender, has plagued working women for decades. Although we are now living in a society where we are seeing more and more professional, career women, a very large inequality gap still exists. In fact, women currently earn 77% of what a man does for the same job with the same qualifications — a relatively small increase from the 64% that women would earn in 1951 according to infoplease.com. To put it simply, a women earns 77 cents for the same job that a man would do for a dollar.glass

But what about in female-dominated professions, such as teaching and nursing? Do women who work in these professions still experience the salary and career-advancement inequality as other women in different industries do? The answer, alarmingly, is yes. The “glass escalator” describes this phenomenon perfectly: Men who work in female-dominated professions are more likely to advance faster and further in their career, as well as receive higher pay. Many women that work as hard or even harder than men continue to struggle to advance as some men “glide by” on this intangible glass escalator. According to Caren Goldberg, Ph.D., an assistant professor of management who has studied this phenomenon at American University’s Kogod School of Business, “Men that enter female-dominated professions tend to be promoted at faster rates than women in those professions.”

To put some reason behind these staggering facts, many higher-ups and managers feel less inclined to promote women on the basis of career interruptions, such as raising a family. In addition, typical managerial and boss stereotypes typically match the qualities of a stereotypical man, such as assertiveness, which perpetuates this cycle. This societal stereotype that works to the benefit of men continues to place a stigma upon most working women, even those who do not have a spouse or children.

What do you think of the glass escalator? Have you ever experienced job inequality in your workplace?               

Stretching the Limits of Comfort!

As you know, being a medical professional is not for the faint of heart. The demanding physical and mental aspects of the job require you to stretch your potential every day. So, your scrubs should match your effort and provide you with the comfort and durability you need. This is why many conscientious shoppers have turned to stretch fabric. Typically made from a comfortable Poly-Rayon-Spandex blended fabric, stretch scrubs are ideal for medical professionals. This lightweight, breathable fabric allows its wearer to move freely and comfortably throughout the day! Stretch fabric doesn’t stop working for you once you get home either: these scrubs require little to no ironing! Here are some great scrubs that satisfy our stretch obsession:

Butter-Soft Stretch Scrubs by UA: Even though we’re not one to play favorites, we’ll make an exception in this case. We took our popular, silky smooth Butter-Soft scrubs and made them even better! The irresistibly comfortable Butter-Soft Stretch scrubs have just the right amount of spandex for flexibility. Ranging from basic looks to stylish cuts, Butter-Soft Stretch is perfect for any busy medical professional!

Butter-Soft Stretch Empire Waist Top

Butter-Soft Stretch Empire Waist Top; Style # BSS505

 

Cherokee Premium Core Stretch Scrubs: This comfortable line of scrubs from Cherokee, made from a quality Poly/Cotton and spandex blend, is sure to provide lasting comfort and stretch. These durable scrubs are sure to stand the test of time and hold up to any demanding challenges that your profession may present. This high quality line of scrubs comes in many brilliant colors to suit your personality!

Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH Mock Wrap Top

Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH Mock Wrap Top; Style # CK4728

Grey’s Anatomy Signature STRETCH Scrubs: Get the best of both worlds with these comfortable line of scrubs from the popular and consistently stylish Grey’s Anatomy collection by Barco! The ultimate choice for fashionable fabric, Grey’s Anatomy Signature Stretch scrubs feature a new look that is as luxurious as it is durable. These stylish cuts are sure to flatter your body type while providing the breathability and comfort with its stretchy fabric.

Grey's Anatomy Scrubs Signature STRETCH Junior Fit Two Pocket Top

Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature STRETCH Junior Fit Two Pocket Top; Style # GA2121

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs: This great line of scrubs is offered in an array of bold colors, stylish prints, and flattering cuts. Offering a snug, yet comfortable fit, Cherokee Flexibles are made with knit side panels that contour the waist. The quality and affordable pricing of these scrubs makes them a must-have for stretch fabric lovers!

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs V-Neck Top

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs V-Neck Top; Style # CK2874

If you’re a stretch fabric lover like us, what’s your favorite stretch brand?