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!

The Day to Quit!

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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!

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 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.