Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to continue raising awareness for early detection

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection

 

National Cancer Institute’s definition of Breast Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts (thin tubes that carry milk from the lobules of the breast to the nipple). Another type of breast cancer is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. Invasive breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast ducts or lobules to surrounding normal tissue. Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2014:

  • New cases: 232,670 (female); 2,360 (male)
  • Deaths: 40,000 (female); 430 (male)
  • Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in US women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

There are scary facts for this type of cancer prevalent in women! But, when it is found early, according to the National Cancer Institute….

  •  In the localized stage, the five year survival rate is 98%.
  • Over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the US today.

How awesome are these statistics! The key is EARLY DETECTION.

How do you do that? Start today by creating an Early Detection Plan at earlydetectionplan.org. You will receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.

Steps to Preventative Care:

  1. Educate yourself about Breast Cancer – the symptoms and signs. Click here to learn more.
  2. Perform Breast Self-Exams every month. You will discover patterns and will be able to determine changes if any occur and need to be checked by your doctor right away.
  3. Get a Pap Smear every year. Breast exams are performed by your doctor and they will check for lumps or any other physical changes as part of their routine check.
  4. Get a Mammogram once you turn 40 and/or older than 40 every 1-2 years. A Mammogram is an x-ray of your breast tissue that is examined by a qualified specialist. The breast is exposed to a small dose of radiation and produces an image of the tissue. According to NBCF, a mammogram can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. They also can show tiny clusters of calcium called microcalcifications. Lumps or specks can be caused by cancer, fatty cells, or other conditions like cysts. Further tests are needed to find out if abnormal cells are present.
  5. Review your diet and choose healthier choices that will keep your body more alkaline. Cancers are formed in acidic body environments. All vegetables, fruits with the exception of cranberries, protein and beverages like tea (green tea, dandelion tea, ginseng tea), fresh squeezed juices except cranberry and freshly made vegetable juices all contribute al an alkaline environment. Check out Jillian Michael’s site for more details.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage contributed over $5,000.00 by donating $1 from the sale of 2 of our prints: Pink Spin Black and Pink is Perfect Black prints to help join the war against breast cancer!!

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection for Fall 2014

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

Check out this video resource on BeyondTheShock.com®. Beyond The Shock is a collaborative breast cancer guide created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) with the support of the finest medical experts, doctors, and researchers in the world. NBCF utilized ground-breaking technology and the resources of the global medical community to create an accessible platform for understanding a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Hear Bonnie’s inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.

We welcome your support! Let’s educate ourselves more, get constant checkups and squash the war against Breast Cancer for good!

 

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

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!