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/

Roll up Your Sleeves for National Blood Donor Month

National Blood Donor Month

January has been recognized as National Blood Donor month since 1970, due to the increased need for blood.  However, hectic holiday schedules, inclement weather conditions, and more people with cold and flu symptoms all contribute to significantly fewer donations this time of year.  This is compounded by the fact that there are historically more weather related injuries and traffic accidents in the winter months.  Just think—each whole blood donation can help save as many as three lives!

Check here for blood drives and donation centers near you, some even offer fun promotions like “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” where donors receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee!

 Continue to show your support for National Blood Donor month even after you donate by wearing a festive scrub top like this one from UA (perfect for Valentine’s too!):

HU6EDH Edgy Heart Print Scrub Top

HU6EDH Edgy Heart Print Scrub Top

Suds Up!

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Today is the start of National Handwashing Awareness Week 2011, which was created to decrease the spread of infectious diseases.  The CDC states that the practice of handwashing has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention!  It’s also a good opportunity to make sure that children know the proper way to wash their hands, as their immune systems are weaker and can become sick quicker.  In fact, 1 in 3 E. coli outbreaks is caused by poor hand washing by people preparing food.

Here are proper techniques to help keep the flu bug (and the common cold) away this wintery season:

  • Wet your hands with warm, running water and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces, including between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse all the soap off.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a towel.
  • Use a towel to turn off the faucet.

 

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Over the past 30 years, there has been a nearly 29% increase in diagnosis of pediatric cancer. This increase has resulted in pediatric cancer becoming the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children.  As the list of potential carcinogens continues to grow, we can only anticipate the rate of pediatric cancers to increase as well.  While cures are out there, one of the best ways to help prevent childhood cancer is to take preventative steps.  Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent cancer in children:

  1. Avoid pesticides.  Instead use non-toxic remedies around the house.  Also, removing shoes before you enter your home will help keep chemicals that end up on your shoes stay out.
  2. Use non-toxic products.  Read labels and look for more natural materials!
  3. Clean up indoor air with non-toxic products.  Try using plants to filter your air or window ventilation.
  4. Try to eat more organic and healthier.
  5. Avoid products made with plastic that contain harmful chemicals like BPA.  Use reusable glass or stainless steel instead.

Given this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted fill you in on a couple ways you can help spread the word and give to the cause of fighting childhood cancer.

1. You can donate to Mira’s Movement, whose missions is to “increase public awareness of the incidence and impact of childhood cancer, to provide resources and support for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and to broaden support for increased federal funding of pediatric cancer and brain tumor research.”

2. This month, Hyundai is giving $200 from the sale of each vehicle in September to 68 hospitals and non-profit organizations in the form of “Hope Grants”.  Through Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Hyundai plans to donate $100,000 to each hospital and non-profit…totaling $6.8 million!  You can also donate directly through Hyundai Hope on Wheels.

Guest Blogger ~ Nursing Student, Jodi!

We recently had an entry from Jodi, a nursing student at Nova Southeastern University. She wanted to share her thoughts on nursing and going through nursing school!  We hope you enjoy her post!  If you have any comments or advice for Jodi or other nursing students like her, please feel free to leave a comment :).

Guest Blog Post from Jodi

Critical thinking-aka second nature for health care professionals.  Critical thinking goes hand in hand with all experiences throughout the workday, making its way into every decision and conversation.  But I challenge any healthcare worker to think back to the days when they were novice students, like myself.  Yes, those days filled with noisy lecture halls, expensive textbooks, stern professors, and difficult exams!  Myself, just beginning to slowly learn the “ropes of the trade,” never expected the concept of critical thinking to be so challenging for us new students.

Quickly my peers and I realized that this would be the key to developing into the successful nurses we all are striving to become. So we put away our theories of memorization and cram sessions we had used up until this point, now gearing to truly understand concepts and yes, how to critically think in situations. The importance of this has only been reinstituted time after time once we arrived to our first semester of clinicals. Here we observed that nothing in life is straight from a textbook (but wouldn’t that be so much easier!) Our poor clinical professor had to hear too frequently a variation of the following: “But professor, I don’t know what to do, that patient didn’t respond like the textbook said!” This is where the nurses come in- the very people we as nursing students look up to, admire, and are anxious to follow in the steps of. My biggest lessons and greatest knowledge has thus far come from observing the nurses in the hospital settings. I appreciate every moment the nurses have given to us students, after all, it must take A LOT of patience to deal with us sometimes! Seeing these nurses’ creativity, patience, ability to multi-task, and compassion has only reignited a fire within my soul to continue pursuing my career with this very passion. Amidst their busy days they have demonstrated to us students what can never be explained in a classroom or book.

~ Jodi

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