Pantone has spoken….Marsala is the color for 2015!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Are you ready to explore and have greater adventures in 2015?

Uniform Advantage wishes all of their blog followers and clients a blessed and exciting year and that it will be a fantastic year to remember!

Speaking of exciting……Pantone LLC has chosen their color for 2015 and it is a sexy and robust shade called Marsala. This shade exudes warmth, style, sophistication and a natural earthiness that is not only universally appealing but versatile for both women and men. According to Pantone, “Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”

Introducing Marsala - Pantone's Color for 2015

Courtesy of Pantone LLC

Celebs have been showing up in this vibrant shade to the Red Carpet last year shown here on eonline.com’s site.

Celebs already on board with Marsala, Pantone color for 2015

We know you medical and dental divas want to emulate fashion in your workplace! Here are some great suggestions offered by us at Uniform Advantage….we got you covered in matching tops and pants, shoes and nursing accessories!

For our Female Professionals…..try:

Marsala Color for 2015 - Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH V-Neck Top_Style CK4727

Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH V-Neck Top Style CK4727

 

Marsala Color for 2015 - Dickies Xtreme STRETCH Scrubs Mock Wrap Top _Style D82814

Dickies Xtreme STRETCH Scrubs Mock Wrap Top
Style # D82814

 

Marsala Color for 2015 - WonderWink Scrubs WonderFLEX Verity V-Neck Top _Style W6108

WonderWink Scrubs WonderFLEX Verity V-Neck Top
Style W6108

 

Marsala Color for 2015 - WonderWink Plus Scrubs V-Neck Scrub Top _Style W6105

WonderWink Plus Scrubs V-Neck Scrub Top
Style W6105

 

For our Male Professionals…..check out:

Marsala Color for 2015 - WonderWink Scrubs Men's WonderFLEX Honor Utility Top_Style W6618

WonderWink Scrubs Men’s WonderFLEX Honor Utility Top
Style W6618

 

 

Nursing Shoes: Pair of Comfort Goodness!

Marsala Color for 2015 - Dansko Ladies Professional Full Grain Leather Clog_Style DANSKPFG

Dansko Ladies Professional Full Grain Leather Clog
Style DANSKPFG

Marsala Color for 2015 - Nurse Mates Halle Slip On Nursing Shoe _Style HALLE

Nurse Mates Halle Slip On Nursing Shoe
Style HALLE

Who does not looove their Littmann Stethoscopes??

Marsala Color for 2015 - 3M Littmann Select Stethoscope_Style SELECT

3M™ Littmann Select Stethoscope
Style SELECT

 

Marsala Color for 2015 - 3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope _Style LTWGHT2

3M™ Littmann® Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope
Style LTWGHT2

 

Marsala Color for 2015 - 3M Littmann Classic II SE Stethoscope_Style CLASSC2

3M™ Littmann® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope
Style CLASSC2

 

Marsala is one of those colors that is timeless and great for every skin tone. Does this color excite you and why?

Brighten up your Holiday Wardrobe with these Holiday Scrub Prints!

Thanksgiving is 2 days away….the Holidays right after! It is a time of fun, happiness, family and friends getting together more and for our healthcare workers, who will be sacrificing personal pleasure to be on call during the Holidays….they will be celebrating at their wards with their medical family at work.

We have listed 9 holiday scrub prints to add some pop and flair to your Holiday wardrobe!

Most of these prints are ON SALE!! Stock up now!

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Bundle Up Hunter Print Scrub Top

UA Bundle Up Hunter Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Bundle Up Wine Print Scrub Top

UA Bundle Up Wine Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Chilling Out Penguins Royal Print Scrub Top

UA Chilling Out Penguins Royal Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Cosmic Snowflakes Black Print Scrub Top

UA Cosmic Snowflakes Black Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Foxy Christmas Navy Print Scrub Top

UA Foxy Christmas Navy Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Light My World White Print Scrub Top

UA Light My World White Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Skating Snowmen Blue Print Scrub Top

UA Skating Snowmen Blue Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Snow Season Red Print Scrub Top

UA Snow Season Red Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage's holiday scrub prints - UA Snowboarding Snowmen White Print Scrub Top

UA Snowboarding Snowmen White Print Scrub Top

 What excites you about the Holidays?? We would love to hear!

Celebrating Veterinary Technicians Week with our Animal Lovers – Oct. 12 – 18, 2014

National Veterinary Technician Week is October 12-18, 2014 found on blog.uniformadvantage.comNational Veterinary Technician Week is October 12-18 this year. It was first celebrated in 1993 to recognize those medical professionals who are a crucial part of everyday operations for veterinary practices and is celebrating its 21st year in 2014! These individuals are natural animal lovers who, along with the veterinarians they work with, provide the necessary and compassionate care for the health and welfare of their animal patients. According to NAVTA’s President, Dennis Lopez, M.Ed., LVT, he was quoted in the Veterinary E-News Magazine saying “The credentialed veterinary technician is so much more than an assistant to the [veterinarian].” “The public is often uninformed about the importance of the veterinary nursing staff behind the scenes, working long shifts in the treatment rooms of animal clinics and hospitals. Our view at NAVTA is that the veterinary technician is an extension of the doctor, performing many critical nursing tasks in support.”

Along with recognizing Veterinary Technicians, this week is also about other activities too:

  • Educate the public about what Veterinary Technicians do
  • Reinforce the value and professionalism of Veterinary Technicians
  • Provide an opportunity for Veterinary Technicians to encourage one another for excellent work ethic and team building
  • Acknowledge their quality relationships with other veterinary professionals

Veterinary Technician Week 2014

Not all Veterinary Technicians are employed in clinical settings. There are also opportunities in:

  • Education
  • Humane societies
  • Zoos and wildlife parks
  • Military
  • Research

If you have chosen this medical professional career path, THANK YOU for all you do from all animal lovers everywhere!

Here are some of our Uniform Advantage exclusive prints designed with you in mind:

“Furry Fashion Black” V-Neck Top Style #UA303FUF

Vet Tech UA Furry Fashion Black Print Scrub Top Style#  UA303FUF found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

 

“Alley Cat Coral Blush” 5 Pocket Scrub Top Style #UA638ACC

Vet Tech UA Alley Cat Coral Blush 5 Pocket Scrub Top Style#  UA638ACC found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

“Giddy Up Eggplant” Mock Wrap Top Style #WT668GUE

Vet Tech UA Giddy Up Eggplant Mock Wrap Scrub Top Style #  WT668GUE found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

“Best in Show Black” Unisex One Pocket Scrub Top Style #UA71BIB

Vet Tech UA Best In Show Unisex Print Scrub Top Style#  UA71BIB found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

And we have accessories also:

Koi Scrubs “Best Friend” Retractable Badge Reel Style #K101FRN

Vet Tech Koi Scrubs Best Friend Badge Reel Style #  K101FRN found on bloguniformadvantage.com

Koi Scrubs “Purrfect” Retractable Badge Reel Style #

Vet Tech Koi Scrubs Purrfect Badge Reel Style #  K101PRF found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

Nurse Mates “Black/White Zebra” Beaded Lanyard Style #LO920905

Vet Tech Nurse Mates Black White Zebra Beaded Lanyard Style LO920905 found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

What do you loooove about being a Veterinary Technician? Please leave us a comment!

Veterinary Technician Week 2014 found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

North Memorial’s Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage – Corporate Testimonial

North Memorial's Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage - Corporate TestimonialWe LOVE hearing from our customers and when Michael Burke, Manager of Environmental Services and his team at North Memorial gave us their testimonies, we were excited to share their feedback!

Problem: North Memorial’s Healthcare staff was in need of new uniforms as it was time to outfit their staff in new ones. Due to an existing relationship with one of our clients, Uniform Advantage was referred to North Memorial to outfit all of their departments except the surgical teams. This interview highlights Environmental Services which includes Housekeeping, Patient Escorts and Parking, Shuttle & Valet.

Solution: Uniform Advantage met with Environmental Services’ leadership to review and choose colors and styles. Housekeeping added a blue piping which gave the uniforms a touch of class. The uniforms have been a nice boost to the Environmental Services employee morale. Michael Burke, Department Manager mentioned that he has been stopped in the halls and complimented on his selection of uniforms – staff is very happy with the design, comfort & breathability.

North Memorial Environmental Services Team - nursing uniforms outfitted by Uniform Advantage

Uniform Advantage: What words of advice would you give a Director who is looking to implement a new uniform program?

Michael Burke: Assign the project to a leader who cares, give them the ability to make recommendations, work directly with the staff on what works & what doesn’t, and finally test a few uniforms out to make sure they actually work. There is the overall appearance, the fit of the uniform for both men/women and to determine if the fabric is comfortable when performing day to day tasks.

Uniform Advantage: These departments have been recently outfitted by Uniform Advantage: Housekeeping, Patient Transport, Parking, Shuttle & Valet. What colors and styles did you select for each department and why?

Michael Burke: To improve patient satisfaction scores “room kept clean” its best practice for EVS staff to enter the room using AIDET which is Announce, Introduce, Duration, Explanation and leaving with a Thank You. When doing so the appearance plays an important role in the positive perception of the patient & family members.  We chose blue, using UA we had a variety of pant styles to choose from. This helped fit the various needs of our staff, IE: size of top, hips, length and gender.

Uniform Advantage: Tell me how that process worked for you and what your favorite service experience with us.

Michael Burke: From the start, the UA team listened to what it was we were looking for; they didn’t give up while we continued to search for the appearance we wanted. UA had mocked up tops for my team to review, which ultimately created the style & look we wanted.

Uniform Advantage: What has been the staff’s feedback about their new uniforms? The colors and fabric, the fit and style?

Michael Burke: Statements from staff have included “I love the new uniforms, the uniforms fit extremely well, I like the look of the new uniforms with several employees stopping him telling him thank you for the new uniforms”. What made the impact for me was the fact that there were many, many positive comments on the uniform. This has never happened with changing out uniforms in my 30+ years.

Uniform Advantage: When you look good, you feel good. Right? As it has been a while since you last bought new uniforms, how has this impacted your team’s confidence levels on the job?

Michael Burke: In July we implemented our appearance policy, the EVS staff look good and meet the new policy. Since implementation I have not had anyone give me negative feedback on the uniform, only positive which tells me they are happy with the input given as well as the outcome.

Uniform Advantage: How has this impacted your business overall with your patients and vendors? Are they buzzing about the new uniforms?

Michael Burke: The old phrase, no news is good news.

Uniform Advantage: Would you recommend us to another colleague?

Michael Burke: Yes, I would give UA a recommendation for both product & solid customer service.

North Memorial Environmental Services Team - nursing uniforms outfitted by Uniform Advantage

Kelly Olson, a Management Specialist who led the uniform process on Michael’s team added…

I concur! Yes, love doing business with Uniform Advantage.  They always respond to emails and questions and finding solutions to any issues that may come up. Our staff look good in their new uniforms.   They are comfortable, breathable and are holding up well with regular wear.   It has been almost nine months since our first roll out and we have not had any issues with deficiencies such as buttons popping off or seams coming undone.  The few issues we have had were due to carelessness or accidental damage by the employee themselves.  Catching their pockets on door handles or objects, spilling bleach on their uniform, leaky pen in their pocket, etc. Very satisfied with the customer service and the product.

About North Memorial per their site

North Memorial Health Care is a comprehensive health care system that serves the north, central, and west communities in the Twin Cities metro area. But our reach extends far beyond these neighborhoods. Through our two hospitals and a metro-wide network of primary, specialty and urgent care clinics; outpatient centers; medical transportation; and home and community outreach, we are a regional leader in advanced medical care. In August 2014, North Memorial Medical Center became the proud recipient of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ 2014 award for the third consecutive year. Healthgrades is the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information. The 50 Best Hospitals honor recognizes 50 hospitals as the top 1% in the nation for consistent clinical excellence based on an analysis of risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for common procedures and conditions. These hospitals are not only differentiated by their overall clinical excellence and have exhibited superior performance in caring for patients across a broad spectrum of care – they are those who have done so for a minimum of 7 and 4 years respectively.

 

North Memorial's Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage - Corporate Testimonial

Fall in Love with Uniform Advantage’s Fall 2014 Hot Sellers – Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ and UA Prints

Just as the major fashion houses do, we plan our seasons well in advance. We anticipate our changing consumer’s tastes and take note of color trends and prints to predict what will be the next “big thing” in medical scrub fashion. With our customers in mind, we always design our collections tailored to all scrub lovers!

With Fall season in high gear, everyone gets excited to update their wardrobe and be trendy for the season. Here are some of our recommendations and top sellers for our Butter Soft Brand and UA Prints:

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Scallop Neck Top, Style # UAS194C - Wine

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Scallop Neck Top,
Style # UAS194C – Wine

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Two Pocket Top, PC62C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Two Pocket Top
Style # PC62C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ New & Improved V-Neck Top with Stretch Panels, Style # STN868C – Emerald Isle

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ New & Improved V-Neck Top with Stretch Panels Style # STN868C – Emerald Isle

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Drawstring Pant with Elastic Waist Back, Style # UA47C - Pewter

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Drawstring Pant with Elastic Waist Back Style # UA47C – Pewter

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Elastic Waist Pants,  Style # UA36C – Navy

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Elastic Waist Pants Style # UA36C – Navy

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s 6 Pocket Cargo Drawstring Pant, Style # UA32C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s 6 Pocket Cargo Drawstring Pant Style # UA32C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Solid Round Neck Top, Style # UAS737C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Solid Round Neck Top Style # UAS737C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ ¾ Sleeve Mock Wrap Top, Style # UAS648C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ ¾ Sleeve Mock Wrap Top Style # UAS648C – Amber Glow

If print tops and jackets are more to your liking, we’re sure to have one, or more, that will get you lots of rave reviews at work.

Scarf and Paisley prints almost seem timeless. Our “Tango Twist Emerald Isle” top with a sculpted neckline and flattering fit (Style # UA748TEI) is a perfect example and because it’s in a placement print style it’s a less busy interpretation.

UA Tango Twist Emerald Isle Print Top,  Style # UA748TEI

UA Tango Twist Emerald Isle Print Top
Style # UA748TEI

 

Also in the parade of new trends to embrace are Winter Garden prints. Our “Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet” Mock Wrap top (Style # WT863LLP) will remind you of a stroll through an enchanted fall forest. It’s enhanced with bands of our seasonal “Purple Velvet” color along the neckline and side seams.

UA Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet Mock Wrap Scrub Top, Style # WT863LLP

UA Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet Mock Wrap Scrub Top Style # WT863LLP

 

Are you nostalgic for the 60’s? Then the Bold Geometric look might be just the thing to make you feel groovy. Take a trip down memory lane in our “Shades of Square Navy” ¾ sleeve scrub top (Style #UA50SSQ).

UA Shades of Square Navy 3/4 Sleeve Print Scrub Top, Style #UA50SSQ

UA Shades of Square Navy 3/4 Sleeve Print Scrub Top Style #UA50SSQ

Like to walk on the wild side with Animal prints? Or Maybe a Camouflage look? This “Exotic Camo Coffee Bean” v-neck print top (Style # PC62ECC) combines both of these looks that are still trending for Fall.

UA Exotic Camo Coffee Bean Print Scrub Top, Style # PC62ECC

UA Exotic Camo Coffee Bean Print Scrub Top
Style # PC62ECC

Conversational prints are those novelty style prints that have a theme or some special design. These are themes being seen in home décor, stationery and paper party goods as well as clothing. Look around in the stores and you’ll see foxes, hedgehogs, owls, raccoons and peacocks. Our “Wild Critters Aquamarine” classic warm-up jacket is lawn party of fun little critters that will make you and your patients smile.

UA Wild Critters Aquamarine Print Scrub Top,Style #  PC62WCA

UA Wild Critters Aquamarine Print Scrub Top, Style # PC62WCA

 

Another take on Conversational prints are those designed with specific medical fields in mind such as dental or veterinary to name a few.   What hygienist or dental assistant wouldn’t love our “Smile Brush Shine Blue” mock wrap scrub top (Style # WT668SMI) with Turquoise accents on the wrap line, sleeves and pockets?

UA Smile Brush Shine Blue Print Scrub Top, Style # WT668SMI

UA Smile Brush Shine Blue Print Scrub Top
Style # WT668SMI

 

 What style appeals to you the most and what do you plan to change for the Fall Season?

 

Happy Feet = Happy Healthcare Professionals!

Seasoned medical professionals KNOW their work shoes can be their best friend and a major part of their uniform. Long hours of walking/running and standing on hard floors can be tough on your feet and back. If you’re just starting out and trying to figure out what shoes are for you, your initial impression may be that you have to sacrifice fashion for functionality. However, just as scrubs have evolved, so have shoes for the medical profession. They help prevent complications from your job and let you make a fashion statement. These aren’t your grandma’s white oxfords anymore!

Besides providing comfort, fit, support, performance and durability, there are numerous stylish looks: solids in a rainbow of colors, animal prints, metallic prints, floral prints and more. If you like subtle, there’s a shoe for you. If you want to add a “pop” to your uniform or make a fashion statement, there’s definitely a shoe for you too! In addition to the look of the shoes, there is also a style for everyone – whether you want a clog, a slip-on an oxford or an athletic style.

Additionally, there are other features to consider such as the material the shoes are made of; do you want leather or polyurethane? Do they need to be slip resistant or shock absorbing? Stain resistant or washable?

Whether you’re looking for your first nursing shoe or looking to update your professional shoe wardrobe, here are a few of our favorites:

Alegria shoes are a luxurious alternative to the basic clog. Their foot beds are designed to form to the natural shape of your foot for ultimate support and comfort. Their “Metal Rain” closed back shoe (Style # KEL751) has a mild rocker outsole and is slip resistant. This beautiful shoe with metallic sheen will get lots of compliments.

If you are in love with Grey’s Anatomy™ scrubs, you will have to have this Grey’s Anatomy™ by Softwalk “Black Metallic Meredith” Nursing shoe (Style #MEREDBMR). It is slip resistant and lightweight with a very feminine floral pattern.

Dansko is known for its comfortable, functional and funky styles and patterns. And their “Professional Multi Ripple” Patent Leather Clog (Style # DANSKMRP) is a perfect example. You will really make a statement in this uber comfortable closed back clog.

If you’re looking for bright and bold, the Koi by Sanita® Professional “Lindsey Fae” in Raspberry (Style # FAE) is for you. These closed back clogs put Dorothy’s ruby slippers to shame in the eye appeal department! They’re embossed patent leather and loaded with all the comfort features you need for a long day on your feet. They’re also available in Navy for a more subtle look.

Is the athletic look more your style? Then check out Skechers “Loving Life” Black/Multi Athletic nursing shoe (Style # LOVGLBML). This sporty walking sneaker design features a smooth faux leather mesh fabric upper accented with a multicolor bungee laced front panel. These shoes will make you smile and will be the finishing touch to any color scrubs you wear.

We are curious to find out what shoe features you value the most and any favorite colors you love to wear?

The Right Nursing shoes make Happy Healthcare Professionals by Uniform Advantage

Stretching the Limits of Comfort!

As you know, being a medical professional is not for the faint of heart. The demanding physical and mental aspects of the job require you to stretch your potential every day. So, your scrubs should match your effort and provide you with the comfort and durability you need. This is why many conscientious shoppers have turned to stretch fabric. Typically made from a comfortable Poly-Rayon-Spandex blended fabric, stretch scrubs are ideal for medical professionals. This lightweight, breathable fabric allows its wearer to move freely and comfortably throughout the day! Stretch fabric doesn’t stop working for you once you get home either: these scrubs require little to no ironing! Here are some great scrubs that satisfy our stretch obsession:

Butter-Soft Stretch Scrubs by UA: Even though we’re not one to play favorites, we’ll make an exception in this case. We took our popular, silky smooth Butter-Soft scrubs and made them even better! The irresistibly comfortable Butter-Soft Stretch scrubs have just the right amount of spandex for flexibility. Ranging from basic looks to stylish cuts, Butter-Soft Stretch is perfect for any busy medical professional!

Butter-Soft Stretch Empire Waist Top

Butter-Soft Stretch Empire Waist Top; Style # BSS505

 

Cherokee Premium Core Stretch Scrubs: This comfortable line of scrubs from Cherokee, made from a quality Poly/Cotton and spandex blend, is sure to provide lasting comfort and stretch. These durable scrubs are sure to stand the test of time and hold up to any demanding challenges that your profession may present. This high quality line of scrubs comes in many brilliant colors to suit your personality!

Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH Mock Wrap Top

Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH Mock Wrap Top; Style # CK4728

Grey’s Anatomy Signature STRETCH Scrubs: Get the best of both worlds with these comfortable line of scrubs from the popular and consistently stylish Grey’s Anatomy collection by Barco! The ultimate choice for fashionable fabric, Grey’s Anatomy Signature Stretch scrubs feature a new look that is as luxurious as it is durable. These stylish cuts are sure to flatter your body type while providing the breathability and comfort with its stretchy fabric.

Grey's Anatomy Scrubs Signature STRETCH Junior Fit Two Pocket Top

Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature STRETCH Junior Fit Two Pocket Top; Style # GA2121

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs: This great line of scrubs is offered in an array of bold colors, stylish prints, and flattering cuts. Offering a snug, yet comfortable fit, Cherokee Flexibles are made with knit side panels that contour the waist. The quality and affordable pricing of these scrubs makes them a must-have for stretch fabric lovers!

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs V-Neck Top

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs V-Neck Top; Style # CK2874

If you’re a stretch fabric lover like us, what’s your favorite stretch brand?