Yes, we know it’s Friday and we usually have Win-It Wednesdays on Wednesdays, but this time around we have something even better to offer you. We are going to have a Win-It Week to celebrate Nurses Week 2011! So, starting today, May 6th, and EVERY DAY through Thursday, May 12th, we will be giving away one $25 Gift Card for Uniform Advantage. Here’s the scoop:
How to enter: Leave us a comment below and tell us why you LOVE being a nurse!
Who’s eligible: EVERYONE! Even if you leave your comment below today and don’t win, you are still eligible to win on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. So enter sooner rather than later for a better chance at winning a $25 gift card!
The winners: One winner will be chosen each day to win the UA gift card. A winner will be announced every day starting Saturday May 7th through Friday May 13th. Please remember comments must be entered by May 12th to be eligible!!
Let’s get to it…
Since 1990, the week of May 6th through May 12th has been recognized as National Nurses Week…and 2011 will be the 22nd week-long recognition event to celebrate the contributions of nurses in our community! This year’s theme? “Nurses Trusted to Care.”
For a brief history of National Nurses Week, click here.
Need ideas to help show nurses how much you care? Check out some of our suggestions here!
Thank you to all the nurses out there for your hard work and dedication to patients all over the world.
Uniform Advantage recently formed an agreement with Miami Dade College to give a scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund to one lucky nursing student each semester. Per the scholarship, we will be giving away $500 to be used towards tuition, books and fees and a $100 Uniform Advantage gift card, which can be used towards nursing scrubs and accessories. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and must be accepted into one of Miami Dade College’s nursing programs.
The first recipient of the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund1 is Kevin Jacobson. Kevin is attending Miami Dade College to receive his Associate of Science Degree in Transitional Nursing. When asked what made him want to go into nursing in the first place, Kevin told me that he had always known he would be working in the medical field but that his feelings were confirmed by his time spent in the Navy. As a hospital corpsman with the Navy, Kevin worked closely with nurses on duty around the world, and he realized that this level of patient care was better suited for his personality than any other type of medical profession.
After attending boot camp and corps school, Kevin spent another year at the medical ward before he was sent to the Navy Clinic for sick call. He was at the clinic when he got the news that a tsunami had ripped through Indonesia and that his services were needed overseas. Working on what Kevin calls the “Floating Hospital”, the Mercy Ship, he gave medical attention to the people from Indonesia, as well as those from the Philippines and Bangladesh, affected by the tsunami. He recalls that when his group first arrived in Indonesia, the victims of the tsunami were not very fond of Americans, but by the time the American soldiers and doctors were ready to leave, they saw a different side of Americans and were very appreciative.
Following five years in active duty, Kevin is now in the Reserves out of Hialeah, Florida, where he is putting his medical knowledge and experience to good use and attending Nursing School at Miami Dade College. Thank you, Kevin, for all of your hard work locally and internationally, and congratulations on winning the scholarship!
1 Miami Dade College awards the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund to one nursing student each semester. For more information, visit the Financial Aid Department.
Why not send them a UA Gift Card or E-Card!
Our new assortment of Holiday E-Cards makes the perfect gift for anyone looking to update their uniform wardrobe. You don’t have to worry about picking out the wrong size, color or style.
Can’t wait for the gift card to ship? Try our new E-Cards. We have an assortment to choose from including: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy New Year and more. An E-Card can be purchased today and emailed to the recipient on the day of your choice.
So take the stress our of holiday shopping with a UA Gift Card today. No fees for you or the recipient to pay, and shipping is free!
This year the American Nurses Association chose the perfect theme for National Nurses Week: “Working Today for a Healthier Tomorrow.” In a nutshell, this motto describes what nurses do for us every day. Even when they’re not wearing their scrubs, nurses are caring for those around them. From helping the needy to nurturing the ill to healing the hurt, nurses work hard to make our world a happier and healthier place. So this Nurses Week let’s celebrate everything they do for us! Below are some suggestions we have for celebrating National Nurses Week 2010. Please feel free to comment with some of your great ideas!
- Thank you card. A simple handwritten thank you note or card that is personalized for a nurse or nurses who have had an impact on your life is always a meaningful gesture.
- Make a cake. Cakes aren’t just for birthdays…they’re for celebrating too! Celebrate with nurses this year by baking their favorite cake.
- Bring in healthy snacks to the medical office. Since the theme this year for Nurses Week is geared towards health, why not share some healthy snacks? Veggies, fruits, whole grains…anything you can think of that everyone would enjoy.
- Donate. Donate to a local charity or hospital…any amount small or large will benefit others.
- Wear scrubs to work. If you have to wear medical uniforms already, this may not present a challenge, but if you don’t have to wear scrubs every day, why not wear them some time this week! Wearing scrubs can help show nurses that you are thinking about them and all they do.
Relax. Even saying the word triggers the “ah” feeling we all get when we give ourselves the opportunity to simply relax. And, as we all can attest to it, one of the best times of day to relax is after a long day at work.
When it comes down to finding the perfect solution on how to unwind, we decided to ask a group of people here at UA and our Facebook friends and fans to talk about what they enjoy doing after a long day at work. The results? Well, it was obvious from the beginning…there is an incredible number of ways to help unwind after work. With so many unique responses, we felt sharing them all could help inspire others. We hope that with the list below you can find some new ideas to try at home!
Here is a list of what several of us at UA enjoy doing:
- Go to the gym
- Try a new recipe…then eat it!
- Play Scrabble
- Sit outside and simply enjoy the fresh air
- Get straight out of my medical scrubs and put on something comfy
- Have a glass of my favorite beverage
- Take a bubble bath with lavender or jasmine oil
- Light scented candles even while watching TV…the scent alone can be relaxing
- Enjoying my TV guilty pleasures
- Get into a good book
- Dinner and a movie with friends
- People watch
- Catch up with an old friend
- Take a walk
When we asked our Facebook friends and fans, here is what they said:
- Shower, put dinner on, then sit in front of the TV or computer
- Take a nice walk outside
- Read a good book
- Take my dogs out for a walk
- Play tennis
- Listen to music
So, after browsing through our list, is there anything you’d like to add or suggest? Please feel free to comment…we’d love to hear your feedback (or try it)!
Uniform Advantage participated in the 2009 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Broward walk on Saturday October 10, 2009. Our company will be accepting donations the entire month of October for this great cause. Our team has raised over $2,000 dollars this year and UA has dedicated to match our total donations up to $5,000 dollars. If you would like to donate under our team please click here.
Here are some pictures of our team at the 2009 event.
We at, Uniform Advantage would like to thank you for your support this month, and look forward to serving your medical uniform needs all year round.
Lori Nadeau – Dunlap