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…

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in Kids

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in KidsAccording to Action for Healthy Kids, one in three kids is overweight or obese – putting them at risk for diabetes and other serious health issues. If this trend continues, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.


This is a very scary statistic and it really reflects our culture and society in the last 10 years. Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs and less time is being spent with their kids. As a result, they do not play outside enough or are less involved in extracurricular activities and the pace that technology and electronics have advanced, they are now consumed with these instead.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but children, teens or young adults are diagnosed more than adults by this condition. The body makes little or no insulin and daily injections of insulin are required.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Diabetes Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,500.00 to help fight against Diabetes in kids.

Uniform Advantage has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids for Fall 2014 and donated $1 from the sale of each “Diabetes Awareness White” print scrub top and jacket towards the fight against diabetes.


About Action for Healthy Kids

Founded in 2002 by former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In 2013, AFHK programs impacted more than 29,000 schools and 12.9 million children. AFHK’s work is augmented by 80,000+ dedicated volunteers and champions, collaboration with a national partner coalition of more than 90 organizations, and in-depth knowledge of producing transformative change to make Every Kid Healthy™.

Game On

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On” program is designed to challenge America’s schools, their staff, students and families to make a daily choice of including healthy food choices in their diet and physical activities. Why? Because healthy kids learn better. AFHK’s signature school wellness program, Game On equips schools with the resources and information to earn healthy-school certification through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognition program.

A detailed evaluation of the Game On program revealed that:

  • 84% of students reported increasing their physical activity levels before school
  • 88% of students reported increasing their physical activity after school
  • Kids demonstrated that they knew what foods to eat and made better food choices at home and at school
  • 95% of schools made changes to their wellness practices as a result of Game On


Uniform Advantage is excited to make a difference and help energize tomorrow’s leaders! Let’s help reinforce to our kids on a daily basis to make better choices so they will live to build a better future!


Happy Respiratory Care Week 2014 from Uniform Advantage!

Respiratory Therapist Official SymbolRespiratory Care week officially began on October 19th and is ending on October 25th.

U.S. News & World Report reported that Respiratory Therapists are ranked as the 20th Best Health Care Job and 32nd in the 100 Best Jobs. Respiratory Therapists’ roles are not popularly known and are often considered as a nurse.

According to The University of Kansas Medical Center, “The respiratory therapist (RT) treats people with disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, cardiovascular disorders, and trauma. In the hospital setting, the respiratory therapist provides care and life support to patients in the emergency room, intensive care units, general hospital areas, the pulmonary diagnostics laboratory and other specialty areas such as rehabilitation. While on the job, the RT will diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods. They will interview patients, perform chest exams and analyze tissue specimens. Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own is also a primary responsibility of these professionals. The respiratory therapist may play a prominent role in responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care in the emergency room. Students with strong math skills are best prepared to succeed in respiratory care. Work in this field involves working with patients and other clinicians; it’s definitely not a “desk job” and not “behind the scenes” in a laboratory environment. Respiratory therapists use high-tech equipment and the latest medical techniques to help patients in a variety of situations.”
Respiratory Therapist treating a patient at Driscoll Children's HopsitalWe discovered 5 great things about RTs from Science Buddies:

  1. Help a premature baby draw his or her first breaths.
  2. Remove mucus from a cystic fibrosis patient’s lungs to allow easier breathing.
  3. Use a ventilator to keep a critically ill patient alive during a med-flight.
  4. Teach a child how to manage his or her asthma.
  5. They are our breathing specialists and provide a critical role in helping us with any cardiopulmonary problems.

 Have an Awesome week and Thank You for taking care of us!

Respiratory Therapist Rocks

The Future of Nursing

Future of Nursing found on blog.uniformadvantage.comAre you a recent nursing graduate entering the medical profession work force, or a seasoned professional who has seen friends and family in other types of jobs getting laid off? If so, you may be questioning the future of nursing.

Well, we’re glad to say things are looking good for you nursing professionals!

Registered nurses make up the largest group in the U.S. workforce and nursing is the fastest growing career industry in the country.

Listed below are a few positive statistics according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

  • There are 3.1 million Registered Nurses nationwide.
  • There are four times as many nurses in the U.S as there are physicians.
  • The number of new RN jobs created through 2018 will be 581,500.
  • There will be a 36% rise in the demand for RNs in hospitals by 2020.

Nursing education programs have changed over the past few decades. They are more complex and focused. Allnurses.com says many nurses with Associate degrees (AA) are being encouraged to obtain their Bachelor’s as an AA degree may not be enough to land a nursing job in the future. Per Medscape.com, two-year RN programs are almost obsolete and hospital based nursing diplomas will be a thing of the past in the next 10 years. By 2020, it is the hope of the health care profession that at least 80% of all nurses will have a B.S. in nursing and that eventually this will become the minimum degree. Currently only 13.2% of nurses hold a master’s degree or higher in nursing. Many Ph.D. programs in nursing are fairly new but many believe to work in private practices and academic research nursing doctoral degrees will be needed. You may want to consider continuing your education to focus and specialize in your career.

demands for a new kind of nurse found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

Source: Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

Incomes are increasing based on experience and specialties – more reason to continue your education. Here are some current annual median salaries according to allnurses.com:

  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses: $41,540
  • Registered Nurses: $65,470
  • Nurse Practitioners: $89,960
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: $94,487
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist: $148,160

The future is changing and is brighter than ever! We’ll always need more nurses because people are living longer, globalization has allowed healthcare workers to cross borders easier and there is a rising need for specialist care, outpatient care and home care services.

Celebrating Veterinary Technicians Week with our Animal Lovers – Oct. 12 – 18, 2014

National Veterinary Technician Week is October 12-18, 2014 found on blog.uniformadvantage.comNational Veterinary Technician Week is October 12-18 this year. It was first celebrated in 1993 to recognize those medical professionals who are a crucial part of everyday operations for veterinary practices and is celebrating its 21st year in 2014! These individuals are natural animal lovers who, along with the veterinarians they work with, provide the necessary and compassionate care for the health and welfare of their animal patients. According to NAVTA’s President, Dennis Lopez, M.Ed., LVT, he was quoted in the Veterinary E-News Magazine saying “The credentialed veterinary technician is so much more than an assistant to the [veterinarian].” “The public is often uninformed about the importance of the veterinary nursing staff behind the scenes, working long shifts in the treatment rooms of animal clinics and hospitals. Our view at NAVTA is that the veterinary technician is an extension of the doctor, performing many critical nursing tasks in support.”

Along with recognizing Veterinary Technicians, this week is also about other activities too:

  • Educate the public about what Veterinary Technicians do
  • Reinforce the value and professionalism of Veterinary Technicians
  • Provide an opportunity for Veterinary Technicians to encourage one another for excellent work ethic and team building
  • Acknowledge their quality relationships with other veterinary professionals

Veterinary Technician Week 2014

Not all Veterinary Technicians are employed in clinical settings. There are also opportunities in:

  • Education
  • Humane societies
  • Zoos and wildlife parks
  • Military
  • Research

If you have chosen this medical professional career path, THANK YOU for all you do from all animal lovers everywhere!

Here are some of our Uniform Advantage exclusive prints designed with you in mind:

“Furry Fashion Black” V-Neck Top Style #UA303FUF

Vet Tech UA Furry Fashion Black Print Scrub Top Style#  UA303FUF found on blog.uniformadvantage.com


“Alley Cat Coral Blush” 5 Pocket Scrub Top Style #UA638ACC

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“Giddy Up Eggplant” Mock Wrap Top Style #WT668GUE

Vet Tech UA Giddy Up Eggplant Mock Wrap Scrub Top Style #  WT668GUE found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

“Best in Show Black” Unisex One Pocket Scrub Top Style #UA71BIB

Vet Tech UA Best In Show Unisex Print Scrub Top Style#  UA71BIB found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

And we have accessories also:

Koi Scrubs “Best Friend” Retractable Badge Reel Style #K101FRN

Vet Tech Koi Scrubs Best Friend Badge Reel Style #  K101FRN found on bloguniformadvantage.com

Koi Scrubs “Purrfect” Retractable Badge Reel Style #

Vet Tech Koi Scrubs Purrfect Badge Reel Style #  K101PRF found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

Nurse Mates “Black/White Zebra” Beaded Lanyard Style #LO920905

Vet Tech Nurse Mates Black White Zebra Beaded Lanyard Style LO920905 found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

What do you loooove about being a Veterinary Technician? Please leave us a comment!

Veterinary Technician Week 2014 found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

UA’s Tips for Professional and Personal Success

Here at Uniform Advantage, we admire those who always strive to be their best and improve the world in whatever way they can. As a medical professional, changing the world is in your job description. Each and every day, you dedicate your time, energy, and passion to putting your mind and body to the test to save or improve the lives of others. Along the way in this fulfilling, yet challenging journey, you are bound to learn insightful, new things about your profession, yourself, and others. Here are our top life lessons and career advice s0 that medical professionals can relate to:

  • Believe in yourself: Plain and simple: you won’t get anywhere in your career if you don’t believe in yourself. Success, if it comes to you, is the result of you making the decision to put yourself out there and pursue what you want. Rewards will come to you and your life will be more fulfilling, both professionally and personally, if you have faith in yourself and what you are capable of.
  • Be confident: Going hand-in-hand with believing in yourself, confidence is absolutely vital in your career as a medical professional. You will often have to make quick, spur of the moment decisions to save your patient when no other nurses or physicians are near. So, you’ll have to trust yourself and your abilities. Confidence is also key when you are trying to get what you want out of life; so, don’t be afraid to ask for things and go after what you want. You’ll be amazed at what your potential does for you when it comes to life.UA's Tips for Professional and Personal Success found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  • Do your best to get along with coworkers: Even if you dislike your physician or a fellow nurse irks you, it is imperative to maintain face and put out a positive front. In the event that you are in a subordinate position to these colleagues one day, or if you need a favor, you will want to be on their good side. Plus, your professional network will continue to grow and provide you with opportunities for career advancement if you get to know more and more people.
  • Be proactive: If you want to achieve something, go out and get it for yourself. Don’t wait for other nurses to organize charts or tend to a patient in need. If you see a situation in which your help could be of value, act. Others will be amazed at your incentive and commitment.
  • Don’t dread the long hours – embrace them. Yes, the long hours of a medical professional are exhausting when all you want is to get home, see your family, or plop down in front of the TV for some relaxation. However, try to change your perspective on the over-time and double shifts that you dread: Instead, view them as a challenge that you can overcome and benefit from. It sounds pretty impressive when you say, “At my night shift last night, I helped revive a patient who was crossing the road and hit by a drunk driver.” Naturally, your confidence and credibility as a nurse will increase. More work leads to more opportunities for improvement, success, and learning.UA's Tips for Professional and Personal Success found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  • Always want to learn more. Be like a sponge in your healthcare practice, always absorbing the vast knowledge around you and looking to master new skills. Your hunger and desire to succeed will separate yourself from your colleagues in a very impressive way.
  • Set reasonable expectations. Studies conducted by numerous psychologists back this statement: Those who set reasonable, yet challenging goats that are still within reach will likely accomplish these goals and feel a greater sense of personal satisfaction after completing their goal.
  • Look for things to be thankful for: At the beginning of your day, perhaps even on the car ride to work, set aside a few moments to think about what you’re thankful for in your profession and personal life. Reminding yourself of the things that you appreciate in life will uplift you on those tougher, exhausting days.UA's Tips for Professional and Personal Success found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  • Enjoy the journey, not just the end result. Most people tend to look towards their goals with the mindset of, “If I achieve ____, I will be happy.” This mentality is set up for failure from the get-go, because it neglects to address how the journey to this goal can be fulfilling as well. Whether you’re looking to get a promotion or salary increase, be mindful of your goal, but also cherish and appreciate the steps you took to get there.

What tips do you have to offer on how to take charge of your career and personal life?