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/.

Congratulations to UA Scholarship Recipient, Llarissa N!

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.

This past fall’s recipient of the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund1 is Llarissa N.  Llarissa is currently in her final semester, pursuing a Nursing Degree in the accelerated nursing program at Miami Dade College. When asked what made her want to go into the nursing field, Llarissa said that she has always enjoyed helping others, especially the elderly.  For her it’s also a personal “family tradition” as her mother and aunts are in the field as well. Growing up, she knew she wanted to impact people’s lives in a way where it made a difference and to make people feel better about their lives and themselves.

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 told us that the amount of liability involved has inspired her to be a prudent nurse and to triple check everything, especially in the 11th hour when your shift is about to be over. Her ideal job post-graduation would be in a trauma unit or the ER or possibly a women’s clinic.  When she’s not studying, Llarissa likes to watch documentaries, organize, and garden.  Her favorite brand of nursing uniforms is Cherokee scrubs.

Congratulations again, Llarissa, on winning the scholarship and good luck in your future endeavors!

 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 Supports I Care, I Cure

I Care I Cure

We want to introduce our customers and blog followers to the I Care, I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation.  This organization’s goal is to increase awareness about childhood cancer and to improve the treatment options that children with childhood cancer have available, subsequently bettering their quality of life.  Funds go 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.

 

The foundation was founded by Beth and Brad Besner, in memory of their son Ian, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just before his 11th birthday.   This year’s walk/race was held on February 12, 2012 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL, where Uniform Advantage was a Bronze Medal Race Sponsor donating $1,250 to the cause.

 

Uniform Advantage plans to continue their support of this amazing cause in the Spring of 2013.  We will be forming a corporate team to participate in the race and releasing a gold ribbon medical scrubs print top in our Spring catalog, with proceeds going to I Care, I Cure.

 

To learn more about Ian, his family, and I Care I Cure visit their website at www.icareicure.org.

National Heart Month Wrap-Up!

Red Day

February is officially over; we hope everyone enjoyed their “extra” day!  This also means that National Heart Month is coming to a close.  Uniform Advantage was able to raise $824 to support the American Cancer Society’s “Go Red” program for increasing awareness and education about how to prevent the #1 killer in the US.

Read these startling facts about why this cause is so important to support:

  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US.  That’s 2,200 deaths per day!
  • More women die from heart disease than from the next 3 causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
  • Men and women have different heart attack symptoms.  In fact 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.

Even though February and National Heart Disease Month are over doesn’t mean that you can’t still help out!  Check out these easy (and fun!) ways to lend a helping hand the American Heart Association year-round: http://www.goredforwomen.org/getInvolved.aspx.

Did your office or hospital floor participate in “Go Red” day with red scrubs?

We’re Going Red, Are You?

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Uniform Advantage is “Going Red” today for Women’s Heart Health and officially kicking off our February fundraising efforts for the National Heart Month and the American Heart Association!  Here are some facts about the prevalence of heart disease and why you should get involved:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, regardless of race or ethnicity, accounting for 8.6 million deaths in women each year
  • One in THREE women over the age of 20 has a form of cardiovascular disease
  • Women are more likely to have strokes than men, in fact THREE million women die from strokes each year
  • Under the age of 50, women’s heart attacks are twice as likely to be fatal
  • 267,00 women die annually from heart attacks, this is SIX times as many fatalities as breast cancer

Stay tuned for pictures from today’s “Go Red” day at the Uniform Advantage corporate office.  There are many ways you can help raise awareness for women’s heart health (including shopping!) so check out the American Heart Association’s ways to help out: http://www.goredforwomen.org/getInvolved.aspx!  Is your workplace celebrating American Heart Month this February?  Try hosting your own “Wear Red” Day awareness event for your hospital floor or doctor’s office with our huge selection of red scrubs!

UA Clear Sound Heart Stethoscope

Making Strides Fundraiser Wrap-up

As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, so does our Making Strides Fundraiser.  We want to thank all of you who participated in our efforts!  Not only did we raise money for a cause we can all personally relate to, but we also fostered an even greater feeling of community as we all worked together toward this common goal.   Our final amount raised was $2,695 thanks to the generosity of the employees at our retail stores, distribution center, and corporate office, as well as their friends and families.  Uniform Advantage matched this donation for a grand total of $5,390 going to the American Cancer Society!

In addition to the fundraiser, we hosted a Facebook contest for our followers to submit their tips for breast cancer prevention (the participants received our unique UA pink bra t-shirts as a “thank you” for their input).  We want to share with you some of the top responses we received:

  1. Ch-Check It Out: The most popular responses we saw stressed the importance of monthly self exams and yearly mammograms, which are both key to early detection.  We all know how hectic the “day-to-day” can get, so find a reminder that works for you.  There’s power in numbers…maybe schedule your next doctor’s visit with a girlfriend and treat yourselves to dinner afterwards or host a small pink party with a few of your female family members to ensure that no one forgets!
  2. All Together Now: You know the drill…eat right, don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake, protect yourself from the sun, and be physically active.  There is a correlation between overall health and reduced risk of cancer, and an added bonus is the increased endorphins or “feel good hormones”!
  3. We Are Family:  Learn the history of breast cancer in your family tree, not only will this help you understand your risk factors, but it can also be a great way for you and the other women in your family to strengthen your “support system” by being positive influences on each other.
  4. Just The Two Of Us: Several of our contributors referenced studies that show breastfeeding can prevent or lower the risk of breast cancer for some women.  Good for baby and good for mom, win-win!

To mark the end of our “Pinktober” fundraising, we held PINK day at our corporate office—you can check out the pictures below.  You don’t have to wait until next October to do your part for Breast Cancer awareness; the American Cancer Society has events all year round to encourage participation.  From team walks to galas and golf, there is sure to be an event where you can have fun while you help raise awareness!  How did your workplace celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month?

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