How to choose the right colors for your Scrubs

Colors revive the mind, body and soul and it also saps your energies. Have you ever worn one of your favorite colored nursing uniforms and it lifts the mood of your coworkers and patients as they see you? You get a lot of compliments and you feel happy and they feel happy. Everyone’s happy!

There is truth to the energies that colors emit and there is no escaping them as they are all around you. Guys traditionally wear dark colors and women wear all colors and prints depending on their personality and mood. These two things influence your choices in choosing your scrubs and sometimes they conflict with each other.

Colors are a powerful communication tool and it is therapeutic as well as expressive. It is Spring time and a lot of yellows, pinks, oranges, bright shades of greens and blues will be worn as well as purple which is a trendy color this season for nursing scrubs. So what does each color mean? Check out Uniform Advantage’s Color Psychology guide to help you choose your nursing uniforms.

 

Red is stimulating, energetic and represents survival.

Royal Blue is calm, trusting and reflective.

Green represents harmony and peace and refreshment and restoration.

Pink is all about love, nurture and warmth.

Brown is naturalistic, reliable and supportive.

Orange is also a warm color and represents passion and abundance.

White is hygienic and simple.

Purple is meditative, spiritually aware and truthful.

Black shows security, represents sophistication and efficiency.

 

What is your #favorite color and why? Leave us a comment. We would love to hear from you!

The meaning of colors when choosing your nursing uniforms

 

How to Rise Above it All: Nursing from Within…

Elizabeth ScalaWritten by Guest Blogger and Spiritual Practical Nurse, Elizabeth Scala

Healthcare has gone, and will continue to go through, major shifts.

Political policy, economic environments, and the rise of technology could paint us this picture of healthcare as a big, money making business. The motivation to increase profits can potentially take out the love and genuine nature of what nursing represents.

Yikes!

On one hand, this landscape appears bleak. On another, we might see it as an opportunity.

In my line of work, I see so much stress coming at us nurses from every angle; I was thinking I’d opt for option two. We are at a crossroads and the path I choose to take is one in which we as nurses can rise above the stress when you may have lost hope, even worse, when you want to give up. Who’s with me?

What I’d like to offer in this article is a fresh, new perspective. This requires some out-of-the box thinking, but in the words of my teachers, Lissa Rankin and Rachel Naomi Remen- “Life is what happens outside of the box”.

The challenges touched on above are often beyond the individual nurse’s control. And this feeling of ‘lack of control’ is one of the reasons beneath the reasons for stress.

I was actually in a meeting a couple of weeks ago with some of the major leadership players on well-being at my workplace. A question was posed, as we tried to wrap up the conversation and nail down the key take-away points, “What is the one thing we could focus on to help our nurses? The one thing they struggle with?

Stress. At first, that was the unanimous response.

I, with dozens of years less experience than any and the youngest in the room, timidly spoke up. And am glad that I did. My viewpoint: yes, stress is a major challenge. And there are things that are happening even beneath the stress. The underlying issues, so to speak.

So as I said above, the lack of control is one. Feeling as though we don’t have a voice can be another. Being unable to work up to our degrees and actually provide quality nursing care might still be an example.

In fact, I could go on and on.

This awareness that there are issues beneath the issues is what has sparked me to embark on my journey of bringing out the nurse within.

In today’s post, I’d like to share with you two techniques you might try to reconnect with your nurse within:

  • Focus the Energy: It may be hard to do at first, especially with all of the challenges we’ve discussed above, but the best thing you can do in any and all situations is to focus on the positive. Sure you may have a lot of computerized work to do, but it’s so much more legible than those old handwritten notes we used to receive. OK so maybe the staffing isn’t great for the day, but you’re helping people heal. As Carl Jung put it: “What we resist, persists.” Where you place your energy, effort and attention will only grow in strength. Focus on all of the good you do at work, the joy you bring to others and the love you have of your role- this will bring you more good to be grateful for.
  • Mindfulness Matters: Take up a mindfulness practice outside of work or class. A daily routine of going inward while you’re not engrossed with study or job will help you when the chaos of a nursing day lands on your shoulders. It’s hard to focus on being present in the moment when you’re just that busy. So a way to be better at concentrated attention is to take up a daily mindfulness practice like meditation, body scanning, Tai Chi, Reiki or Yoga.

There are many more ways to invite the nurse within. I encourage you to simply open up to the possibility and practice. The negativity, the stress, everything we encounter- it can become overwhelmingly exhausting. If we let it.

Focus on what you can control. Connect with the relationships that lift you up. Notice where you feel pride, gratitude and joy. Nursing truly is a beautiful blend of art and science; now allow the practice to flow from inside of you.

About the Author: Spiritual Practice Nurse Elizabeth Scala is on a mission to transform the profession of nursing from the inside out. Individuals typically enter nursing with a desire to provide compassionate, heart-based care. Challenged by regulations, financial pressures and technological advancements, today’s nurse struggles to balance the art with the science of nursing. As a speaker, trainer, facilitator and author, Elizabeth inspires nursing teams to reconnect with the passionate and fulfilling joy that once called them to their career. To find out more about Elizabeth Scala, please go to http://www.elizabethscala.com. You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @ElizabethScala, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn and You Tube and check out her latest book,  Back to the Basics: A Nurse’s Pocket Guide to Self-Care.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog post are solely those of the original author. Their views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Uniform Advantage’s staff, and/or any contributors to this site.

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How to choose your Nursing Uniforms using Uniform Advantage’s Body Shape Guide

When you shop for yourself, what is the first thing you think about? Size? Color? Fit? Style? Trendy or Passé? Do you do the same when selecting your nursing uniforms or do you have to switch your brain because it is work related? In anything related to clothing, there are two important things you must consider: Your body’s measurements and your body type.

Hubert Givenchy said it well, “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”

Even though you are looking for medical scrubs for work, you still want to look great and present a confident image. Nurses wear their scrubs a lot more than their personal clothing so in getting to know their body well, they will start becoming more aware of their curves and angles and lines. When choosing the right nursing uniform, there is a wide variety for you to choose from: scrub tops, scrub pants and skirts down to nursing shoes and accessories. You can outfit yourself with mock wrap tops if you are an Hourglass shape, V-neck, side stretch panel tops if you are a Pear shape, boot cut or flared scrub pants if you are an Apple shape, wide leg pants or flared skirts if you are an Inverted Triangle shape and lastly, ruffles or ruching if you are a Rectangle shape. Accentuate your features with the right fit and your choices will naturally complement your personality and style. Happy Shopping!

 

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Top Tips to Help You in Your Job Search

This is a guest post by UA Brands.

Does the thought of dragging out your old resume and spending hours hunting the job boards seems like a daunting task? If you’re like most nurses, the answer is probably “yes”. Who wouldn’t be tired after spending all day on your feet dealing with patients, emergencies, and trying to find time to eat something in-between?

Here at UA Brands, we are passionate about helping top talented job seekers find the job that fits them perfectly! We know how much better it feels to be working in a job that’s a great fit and in a company that you feel at home.
With that in mind here are some of our top tips that will help you prepare for your job search and help you along the way!

• Make sure that your resume is proofread by a friend or family member who has excellent grammar and spelling skills. Your resume is all about putting the best of you on paper and you want your skills and experience to shine through, not a spelling or grammar mistake!

• Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job you are applying for. Although it can be easy to make a generic resume and apply to hundreds of jobs, take those few minutes and tailor your resume and cover letter to touch on points that were mentioned in the job description. It makes a big difference when we see a candidate has put in the extra effort.

• Do your research beforehand! If you get called in for an interview or a phone interview, do your research on the company! If you really want to wow the interviewer and set yourself apart, do some research on the interviewer. Nowadays, with the internet and LinkedIn, it’s so easy to find information about companies and their employees.

• Speaking of LinkedIn…create a profile! LinkedIn is a key social media site that recruiters often use to find top talent. In 2012 – 92% of US companies stated that they have used social media networks to find potential employees and 73% of US companies have successfully hired a candidate through social media.*

• Prepare your own interview questions about the job, the company and culture, and even about the interviewer themselves. It shows interest and excitement over this position and can give you an edge over other candidates.

• Always say “thanks”! Sending a short note via email to your interviewer and anyone you met, is a great way to keep your name in their minds! Try to send it 2-3 days after the interview. If you don’t hear back after your thank you note, it is appropriate to send a follow-up email after a week.

For more tips and tricks on job searching, interviewing, resume and cover letter help, and all things job search related, please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UABrands we post tips and tricks every week as well as motivational quotes on Mondays, Hump Day Humor on Wednesdays and Friday’s Heroes on Fridays. To find out more about UA Brands and our current open positions, please visit us at http://www.uabrands.com.

We wish you luck on your next job hunt!

*Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruitment Survey Results. http://recruiting.jobvite.com/resources/social-recruiting-reports-and-trends/
Kara Loomis is the Recruiting and Retention Coordinator at UA Brands. She has been with UA Brands for over a year and is passionate about all things related to job searching and hiring. To find out more about UA Brands please go to http://www.uabrands.com. You can follow Kara on Twitter and Instagram at @uabrands.

Nursing Blogs and Resource Sites…A Must Read!

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In every nursing blog we have come across and whom we work with, we have felt the passion from the nurses and medical professionals about their subject matters. They are passionate writers! How could they not be, based on their work environment? When you find a great piece of content and you find yourself immersed in the source, you want to share it with everyone. Today, our team at Uniform Advantage has highlighted nursing blogs and sites written and published by individual nurses and institutions that provide a wealth of information and wisdom as well as some good ole humor. We know that their experiences, challenges and industry insights will resonate with you and we hope that they will help you professionally and personally. Enjoy our selections below and please send us any great finds you have come across. We welcome your feedback for any blog suggestions.

Health & Wellness and Personal Development
Living Sublime Wellness by Elizabeth Scala
My Strong Medicine by Sean Dent
According to Kateri
Nursetopia

Nursing Communities/Organizations/Universities
NurseTogether
NurseZone
MinorityNurse
Georgetown University School Nursing Blog
The American Nurse, official publication of the American Nurses Association
The Dean’s Blog, written by the Dean of the UCSF School of Nursing
Grounds for Health
Nursing Center
Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University

Education/Careers/Arts
Off The Charts by American Journal of Nursing
The Nursing Site Blog by Kathy Quan
Digital Doorway by Keith Carlson
The Makings of a Nurse
Registered Nurse RN
NursingIdeas
Not Running a Hospital
JParadisi RN

Technology
The Nerdy Nurse by Brittney Wilson
Innovative Nurse by Kevin Ross
RN.FMRadio, Kevin Ross/Keith Carlson – Co-Founders and Co-Hosts
Browne Knows – Social Media for Healthcare

Entertainment
At Your Cervix
The Adventures of Nurse Niki
Doctor Grumpy in the House
Head Nurse

Happy National Medical Lab Professionals Week!

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This week April 22nd-26th help us celebrate and increase public awareness for National Laboratory Professionals Week!  Every year, the last week of April designates this special week commemorating the more than 300,000 professional lab techs and pathologists who work, most times behind the scenes, to keep the entire health care field running smoothly.   Each day these valued healthcare professionals (in their UA scrubs) conduct vital testing and analyze these more than 10 billion US lab tests annually with the ultimate goal of saving patient’s lives!

Thank you to all of our customers who are in the Lab Professionals field, we take this week to recognize how important your work is in interpreting and relaying this critical information!  How are you celebrating your 2013 National Lab Week?

Block The Rays For Sun Safety Week!

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Whether you’re gearing up for that annual family summer vacation or just planning on spending the summer in your backyard, one thing remains the same—the sun!   This week is National Sun Safety Week, a week-long reminder of just how harmful (and painful for those of you who’ve ever had a bad burn!) the sun’s rays can be.  Did you know that, on average, one person dies EVERY hour from skin cancer in America?  But at the same time, skin cancer is recognized as one of the most preventable types of cancer.

So how can you protect yourself and your family while still having fun and staying active this summer? It’s easy! Just follow these tips from the Academy of Dermatology:

  • Use SPF 15 (or higher) sunscreen daily, and reapply often because even waterproof sunscreen can fade during swimming, sweating, or towel drying
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to best protect your face and eyes from UV rays
  • Don’t use tanning beds, opt for sunless tanners instead!
  • Cloudy doesn’t mean risk-free–you can still burn just as easily

Do you have any tips of your own for sun safety?  And be sure to tell us what fun plans you have in store for this summer when you’re on vacation from work and your scrubs!