The Day to Quit!

World Tobacco Day

Today is the 25th anniversary of “World No Tobacco” Day with this year’s theme being “tobacco industry interference”.  The mission is to stop the tobacco industry’s aggressive attempts to reverse anti-tobacco regulations that the WHO has put forth.  These regulations include health warnings on packages of tobacco, smoking bans in enclosed public places, and banning tobacco advertising and promotion.

Tobacco has been cited as one of top preventable causes of death, as it kills close to 6 million people each year.  In the US alone, cigarette smoking is the cause of approximately 1 in 5 deaths every year.  To put this statistic in perspective, this is more than car accidents, suicides, murders, AIDS, alcohol, and illegal drugs combined.

To learn more about how you can quit with a built-in support system of ex-smokers who successfully quit themselves, check out the American Cancer Society’s “Quit for Life” Program: https://www.quitnow.net/Program/ (they even help you calculate how much money you’ll save from kicking the habit!)

How Was Nurses Week Started You Ask?

So now that National Nurses Week is upon us, let’s find out how it was started back in October of 1954!

Nurses Week 2012

 It was initiated by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare during President Eisenhower’s term as a tribute to Florence Nightingale’s legacy and active role in tending to injured soldiers around the clock in the Crimean War.  It became official in 1974 under President Nixon to commend those who are devoted to this admirable profession.  Florence Nightingale is considered to have laid the groundwork for the nursing profession, which is whyFlorence N International Nurses Day now falls on her birthday and people entering the nursing field must learn the “Nightingale Pledge”.   This year’s theme is “Advocating, Leading, Caring” to depict how multifaceted the field of nursing is, and how many “hats” nurses have to wear in a day on the job!

THANK YOU to all of our valued customers who dedicate their lives to nursing and caring for people when they need it most–we hope you enjoy your week of appreciation!  How are you and your co-workers celebrating this year?  You can treat yourself to new scrubs!  There are also national and local activities to celebrate Nurses Week this year, so check out the American Nurses Association event page to find one that works for you.

Facebook Adds The Option to “Share” Life

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Facebook announced this morning that they are going to use the power of their expansive social network (161 million members in the US) to help out in the social struggle for organ donors.  Approximately 18 people a day (7,000 each year) in the United States die waiting for an organ transplant.  Last year, members took it upon themselves to use Facebook for the greater good, helping to find lost items in the Joplin, MO tornadoes and to locate missing loved ones in the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Now Facebook users have the ability add their donor status, right where they already list basic details like their birthday or hometown along with when they made this decision and why.  The goal is to encourage others within your social network to register themselves as donors through a local online registry like Donate Life America or through the DMV.   Zuckerberg credits his girlfriend, who is in medical school to be a pediatrician, along with the recent loss of friend Steve Jobs who received a liver transplant back in 2009, as the two main reasons for this initiative.

Want to learn more?  Watch the ABC News interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg here.

For those of you in the medical field (hopefully rocking your UA scrubs), what do you think of this latest Facebook venture?

Let’s Celebrate…Medical Pioneers!

To celebrate Women’s History month this year, we’ve come up with a short list of groundbreaking female pioneers and noted how their efforts have had an effect on the medical field. Without some of their accomplishments and inventions, life for women in the medical field today could be very different!

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell

  1. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) –the first American woman to gain admission to and graduate from medical school (her acceptance was based on a vote by the student body who were joking in their unanimous “yes” vote, but the faculty acted to enroll her).  The practical joke was on the rest of the students however, Elizabeth graduated at the top of her class!
  2. Emily Blackwell (1826-1910)-Elizabeth’s younger sister who was the co-founder of of the first American hospital for women, staffed solely by woman, The New York Infirmary for Indigent Woman and Children.  The sisters went on to open the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary, where they both also served as professors.
  3. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)-the first African American woman physician in the US.
  4. Florence Nightingale-laid the foundation for professional nursing in 1860 when she established the first secular nursing school at the Saint Thomas Hospital in London.  International Nurses Day is now celebrated worldwide on her birthday.
  5. Letitia Geer-a female inventor who is credited for inventing the medical syringe in 1899
  6. Patricia Bath (1942- ) – the first African American female doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention (a method for removing cataract lenses using a laser device, which made the procedure more accurate).
  7. Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Brown-co-developed Nystatin, patented in 1957 which is an anti-fungal antibiotic drug.  They donated the royalties from their invention ($13+ million) to the Research Corporation for the advancement of academic scientific study.

There are numerous other female medical pioneers that have not been mentioned in this article. If you’d like to honor anyone in particular, please leave a comment below!

A Day for IV Nurses!

IV Nurses

Today is National IV Nurses Day!  This healthcare holiday was created back on January 25th, 1980 when the U.S. House of Representatives wanted to honor nurse infusion specialists as well as the Infusion Nurses Society (which now has over 7,000 members!).   This year’s theme is “A Vital Role in Quality Healthcare”, which recognizes how crucial credentialed nurses are to a healthcare team.  Nurses specialized in infusions are essential for providing patients with the correct dosages of their medications as well as taking preventative measures against bloodstream infections that can occur at the infusion site.

Uniform Advantage would like to say Happy IV Nurses Day to all of our customers who are infusion nurses!  Since you do your part year-round to “get it right the first time” for your patients, go ahead and treat yourself to a new set of stylish spring scrubs!

National Medical Group Practice Week

NMGPW

This week is National Medical Group Practice Week.  This year marks the 9th anniversary of this event which recognizes the positive effects that group practices have on the patients and communities they serve, as well as acknowledges the individuals who lead these group practices.  The theme this year is staff, which promotes high levels of employee satisfaction so that retention levels are high and employees are happy to best serve their patients.  It also includes managers making thorough hiring decisions when they are recruiting new employees.

Did you know…many group practices and hospital units have found that uniform scrub colors help increase a “team mindset” and employee morale?  Check out some of our favorite solid color medical uniforms if you think this uniform look would be a good fit for your staff!

Follow this link for a listing of events from the Medical Group Management Association: http://www.mgma.com/nmgpw_activities/.

Nurses are the “Most Trusted Profession” for the 10th Year in a Row!

Nurses Most Trusted Profession

Nurses have ranked at the top of Gallup’s annual poll of “Most Trusted Professions” 12 out of the last 13 times they’ve been included as an option.  The only year that they did not top the list was in 2001, when firefighters achieved the top honor after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  USA Today and Gallup co-host the poll, where Americans vote on 21 different professions based on their “honesty and ethical standards”.

Two other medical professions, pharmacists and medical doctors rounded out the top 5:

  1. Nurses
  2. Military officers
  3. Pharmacists
  4. Grade school teachers
  5. Medical Doctors

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our customers out there in the nursing field!  You can read the rest of the article here:

http://www.mcknights.com/poll-nursing-tops-the-list-of-most-trusted-professions/article/219640/