National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarship Recipient

We  were fortunate enough this year to get connected with the National Student Nurses’ Association to co-sponsor their annual scholarship program.  Here is our brief interview with the 2013 Scrubs by Uniform Advantage nursing scholarship recipient, Jolene P.  We wish Jolene the best of luck with the remainder of nursing school and her promising career in nursing!

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1.      What year are you in?

I’m in my first year of a two year nursing  program.

2.      What made you want to go into nursing/what is your favorite part of this career path?

I have always wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a child. I just enjoyed taking care of my grandmother and great-grand aunt before she passed away. I was always the go to person whenever anyone in the family needed help or a baby sitter. Being helpful was never a burden I would sometimes drop everything to help whoever is in need. I consider nursing my passion I was born to be a care giver, to nurture and save lives. I get a sense of fulfillment knowing I will get the opportunity to take care of other people not only my family.

3.      Is there anything that is different/more difficult about the profession now that you are actually in the program?

No, I think its probably easier because there are so many resources to compare information and most teachers are willing to help if you need the extra help to pass the course. My mom was telling me back in the day teachers would tell students go and read the book nursing isn’t easy if you cant keep up this is not for you. Students would use it as a motivation to prove themselves worthy to be a nurse and some would quit and change their career choice.

4.      Growing up did you know this is what you wanted to do?

Well I always said I wanted to wear the long white coat because I didn’t know then what the difference was between a doctor and a nurse. I knew for a fact I wanted to save lives and give excellent care to the sick.

5.      What is your ideal job after you graduate?

My ideal job is to work for the VA hospital. I want to give back to the troops.

6.      What are your favorite things to do in your free time when you’re not studying?

I like to read the news online and watch the stock market just to stay in touch with whats going on in the world. Not often but if an interesting movie is showing in the theater I might go watch it with my husband as well.

7.      What are your favorite brand/color of scrubs?

I like blue my favorite brand would be Uniform Advantage.

UA Sponsors I Care, I Cure

Uniform Advantage I Care I Cure

As you may remember, UA sponsored the I Care, I Cure race last year to help raise awareness for Childhood Cancer.  We are once again supporting this amazing organization for their 2013 race.

The mission of the organization is to help in the fight against Childhood Cancer and to provide those children inflicted with the disease with gentler treatment options.  Donations and race proceeds contribute to research grants and developing studies so that researchers can keep improving on existing treatment options with the ultimate goal of finding gentler cures for childhood cancer.

I Care, I Cure was started by Beth and Brad Besner, in memory of their son Ian, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just before his 11th birthday.   The walk/race this year is being held this Sunday, February 10th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.   Uniform Advantage will be a Silver Medal Race Sponsor donating $2,500 to the cause, with some of the proceeds coming from our Children are Golden scrub top.

To learn more the I Care I Cure foundation, visit their website at www.icareicure.org.

Pinktober Fundraising Comes to a Close

Happy Halloween!  As October comes to an end, so does National Breast Cancer month.  Fundraising for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer was a big part of our month at UA.  We all worked together to help this amazing foundation for a cause which has affected many of our lives.  Aside from participating in the local Ft. Lauderdale Making Strides walk, we also hosted other corporate fundraisers including a pizza party, a wear PINK day and dessert day.

The final amount raised by employees, along with their friends and families was $1,867.75.  Uniform Advantage matched employee donations which means $3,735.50 total donation going to the American Cancer Society!

Here are some of the pictures below from our corporate wear PINK day.  Additionally, for EVERY new UAScrubs Facebook page “Like” we received in the month of October, UA is going to donate an extra $1 to the foundation.  We will announce this final total from this campaign tomorrow on our , so check back! Be sure to also let us know the creative ways you celebrated Breast Cancer month.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 2012

UA Breast Cancer Walk 2012

This past weekend a group of UA team members took part in the Fort Lauderdale, FL Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to show our support for breast cancer awareness and prevention.   It was our 4th year walking in the 5k and all had a great time while helping a cause that is close to all of us! So far we’ve raised $1,785, which is 35% of our goal of $5,000 that UA will MATCH!  We’re going to continue to fundraise through the rest of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, including an office PINK day coming soon!

If you would like to help us reach our goal, you can donate through Team UA for the American Cancer Society on our Uniform Advantage Team Page.  Check out the rest of our pictures from the walk on our UA Scrubs Facebook page.  Added bonus, for every new Facebook page “LIKE” we receive in October UA is going to donate $1 to Making Strides!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the race and supported our team and this amazing organization! How are all of you supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month, be sure to send us pictures of you in your pink scrubs if you have some!

Paint Your Facebook Page PINK!

Paint your facebook page pink uniform advantage

October kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and here at UA we are doing our part! Did you know that current statistics show about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime!?  We wanted to get our customers involved in the fight as well, which is why we’re launching the Paint Your Facebook Page Pink campaign.

How do you do this? It’s easy!

UA will be donating $1 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for every new UA Facebook fan page “Like” we get in the month of October, so spread the word!  Be sure to “Share” our post on your Facebook wall and tell friends, co-workers, and family, the ability to donate $1 to fundraise against breast cancer couldn’t be easier and is right at their fingertips!

That’s not all…on Saturday, October 13; the UA team will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  This is our 4th year walking in the event, and we are hoping to have a great turnout!   So far we have raised $1,275, which is 25% of our goal of $5,000 that UA will MATCH!  If you’re local and would like to join our team, or you would like to donate through Team UA for the American Cancer Society, you can do so on our Uniform Advantage Team Page.

Congratulations to UA Scholarship Recipient, Kamonchanok G!

UA MDC Scholarship

Uniform Advantage formed an agreement last year 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 Spring 2012 recipient of the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund1 is Kamonchanok G.  Kamonchanok is currently in her first year of Nursing School at Miami Dade College.  She thinks that the best part of nursing is getting to work closely with patients, talking to them to understand how she can best provide for them.  Kamonchanok always had an interest in the medical field growing up, but wasn’t sure which career path was the best fit for her within this field.  The more she learned about herself, she realized that she had a passion to help and care for people in their time of need and nursing was the best career to fulfill these ambitions.

We asked her if the profession is any way different or more difficult now that she has experienced it, versus when she first decided to enter the program.  She said that she was surprised that nurses required a much more diverse skill set than she originally expected.  They are expected to not only care for their patients, but also educate and act as advocates.

Her ideal job would be at a busy hospital that provides high quality care with opportunities for her to practice nursing safely and continue to learn to become a skilled advanced practice nurse.  When she’s not studying she loves to shop, write poetry, translate and subtitle Thai music and movies, dine out, and play the Ukulele.  Even though as a student now she must wear all white uniforms by school policy, she is excited to wear snazzier scrubs with her first job (her favorite color is pink!)

Congratulations again, Kamonchanok, on receiving this scholarship and we wish you the best of luck in your remaining years in school!

 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.

UA Sponsors: 2012 Head and Neck Nurses Conference

Head and Neck Conference

Head and Neck Conference

We were very excited when we got the opportunity to be asked to be a sponsor for the 2012 Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Nurses Conference hosted by the Birmingham, Alabama Regional Chapter.  This Conference, in its 4th year, was attended by over 140 nurses.  They got to hear 9 speakers cover a wide range of topics within the Head and Neck Nursing field, take part in 8 Continuing Education Units, vie for numerous door prizes (including the grand prize a $100 UA gift card), and (of course!) eat yummy food.

Tabitha, from the Board of Directors said that events like this reaffirm how rewarding nursing is as a profession and stressed how important it is for nurses to feel appreciated and important.  Looks like it was a very successful day, we hope that all attendees enjoyed their 10% off coupons for some new scrubs!  To learn more about the organization, visit their webpage here: http://www.sohnnurse.com/.