We are excited to celebrate 30 years as a leading retailer, designer and manufacturer in the nursing uniforms industry! We are so grateful for having the best employees, most loyal customers and fun-to work-with business partners! Thank YOU for allowing us to have an industry-leading presence by pushing us to be better than yesterday – designing stylish and innovative medical scrubs you are proud of and getting involved with causes that are near and dear to your hearts and ours.
Here are some UA historical facts…
- We started with 1 store in Lauderhill, Florida in 1985, and have now grown to 30 retail locations including our newest store in Key West, Florida.
- We started in Weston but our Headquarters is now located in Plantation, Florida.
- We have built long-lasting relationships with several of our vendors and sell 29 brands like Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs™, Cherokee, Wonder Wink, Koi, Dansko, Skechers including our very own UA Scrubs: Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA®, Best Buy Scrubs and Advantage by UA™.
- Our first line of UA scrubs was launched in 1994 with styles PC62C and UA36C.
- We have donated approximately $92,000 to several charities via our Cause Awareness Scrub prints over the last 6 years. Causes that our customers are passionate about including Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Childhood Brain Cancers, Childhood Cancer, Diabetes, Autism, and Congenital Heart Disease.
Our infographic below depicts our journey highlighting additional major milestones in our 30 year history.
As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, YOU are the guest of honor. You’ll find 30 days of extra savings starting March 16th. We’re releasing one amazing deal every week both online and in our retail locations.
Lori Nadeau-Dunlap, VP of Marketing said: “We are excited to celebrate this meaningful milestone with our employees, customers and business partners that have been faithful to Uniform Advantage over the last 30 years. Because of them, we have experienced consistent growth and an industry- leading presence that have allowed us to become a one-stop for nursing uniforms, shoes and accessories. We wish to convey our gratitude and look forward to growing these relationships for many more years.”
What are some of your favorite moments with us?
What are your favorite nursing uniforms that you’ve purchased from us?
We would love to hear from you.
Celebrating Three Decades of Excellence…
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.”
Celebs have been showing up in this vibrant shade to the Red Carpet last year shown here on eonline.com’s site.
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:
For our Male Professionals…..check out:
Nursing Shoes: Pair of Comfort Goodness!
Who does not looove their Littmann Stethoscopes??
Marsala is one of those colors that is timeless and great for every skin tone. Does this color excite you and why?
In joining forces with The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), it was amazing to learn that congenital heart defects is the #1 birth defect in the world. It is sad to see so many babies born with this condition and many not even live past their 1st birthday….but with the advancement of medical care and CHF’s research, it is encouraging to see more babies living longer with a better quality of life!
So what exactly is a congenital heart defect?
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. Common examples include holes in the inside walls of the heart and narrowed or leaky valves. In more severe forms of CHDs, blood vessels or heart chambers may be missing, poorly formed, and/or in the wrong place.
According to CHF, did you know that with every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research which is why they play such a critical and instrumental role?? They are the only organization that was created to exclusively fund congenital heart defect research and has funded over $6.3 million of important, life-saving research since its inception!
Facts from The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF):
- Congenital heart defects are the world’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one out of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
- Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
- An approximate 100-200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year. These numbers exclude those dying before diagnosis.
- Nearly 40,000 infants in the U.S. are born each year with CHDs. Of the nearly 4 million infants born in the United States each year, approximately 3% have some type of birth defect. CHD’s are the most common birth defect, occurring in about 1 in 100 births or nearly 1% of births.
- Thanks to improvements in survival rates, the number of adults living with CHDs is increasing. It is now believed that the number of adults living with CHDs is at least equal to, if not greater than, the number of children living with CHDs.
We wanted to show a featured project of CHF so that you can see how their research has impacted a child’s life like Gael’s…..
The Children’s Heart Foundation issued a $71,000 grant to Christopher Caldarone, M.D. at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada for his research study entitled: “Understanding Right Ventricular Physiology in Tetralogy of Fallot.” (2013)
Do you know a child with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)? This featured research project aims to understand the abnormalities in heart muscle function found in children with TOF.
What the research means: Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a common congenital heart defect that involves a ventricular septal defect (hole in the heart), abnormal thickening of the muscle on right side of the heart, and abnormalities in the major blood vessels carrying blood away from the heart. Children typically undergo corrective surgery as an infant, but often require subsequent interventions to prevent against right heart failure.
In the immediate post-operative period, some children experience a complicated course that involves depressed heart function requiring a more complicated stay in the intensive care unit. Why some children experience this remains unknown. This research will look at how the heart muscle of children with TOF functions to better understand abnormalities found in children with TOF.
The research can ultimately impact the care of these children in the intensive care unit and improve strategies aimed at minimizing myocardial damage associated with surgery. This can potentially have an impact on the need for future interventions and subsequent long-term outcomes.
Meet Gael: Gael was born in 2011 with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). At 6 months old, Gael had open heart surgery. Today, Gael does not allow his condition to define him or limit what he can do. CHF is dedicated to help fund CHD research that is designed to find better and more effective ways to help children like Gael, and give them an opportunity to grow up and live a full and happy life. Dr. Caldarone’s research is a step in the right direction to help children like Gael in the future.
Now who can resist this smile??
We were happy to get on board and support! With the exception of Breast Cancer, all of the charitable organizations we donated to this Fall, involved helping children because they are our future and need so many resources and funding. Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Healthy Heart Black prints and contributed over $2,000.00.
About The Children’s Heart Foundation
Established by Betsy Peterson in 1996, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding. Since 1996, CHF has funded 58 research projects with more than $6.3 million. CHF is a national 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt charitable organization that does not receive any government funding. The goal of the foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the United States. This objective is accomplished by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. For more information, please visit: www.childrensheartfoundation.org.
Because CHF plays an important role in advocating for increased child heart disease research, you can play your part in contacting your legislators to ensure funding is allocated for the Congenital Futures Act and to support funding for this research. You can click here for more information. As a united and larger voice, we can increase the quality of life for many children affected……what say you?
Written by our Chief Operating Officer, John Janenda
We tend to get excited about what we do here at Uniform Advantage (UA) and recently someone from our design team was fired up about the huge ‘variety’ in our nursing uniforms.’
One of the copywriters (an English major) said, ‘That’s kind of oxymoronic.’
The designer (NOT an English major), said, ‘What did just you call me??’
She was a little hopped up on pumpkin spiced latte and I thought she might be ready to take it to the next level, so I quickly stepped in and said, ‘No, no. He means that it’s somewhat paradoxical, that despite the fact that we sell medical uniforms, we have a gigantic selection of body styles, fabrics, colors and scrub prints that our customers can choose from.’
Apparently ‘paradoxical’ didn’t clear things up, so I continued.
‘An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side, like when you say something is ‘awfully good’, or ‘pretty ugly.’
‘See, when most people consider uniforms, they think ‘boring’ uninspired, dull, and uncomfortable. I mean, just look up the word uniform in a thesaurus and see what you get:
‘I mean, ‘yuck!’ Who wants to be associated with that? Imagine if you had to wear a rigid, inflexible, monolithic UNIFORM to work every day.’ That’s the way a lot of our customers feel.
This made her pale a little, as she is something of a fashionista around here.
‘But at UA, we have so many great body styles, fabrics and colors to choose from that even when you are being asked to ‘blend in,’ you can still ‘stand out.’ And there’s nothing moronic about that!
That settled things down quite a bit and we were able to go back to work.
If you are being asked to standardize your uniform, or just feel boxed in by the choices in front of you, ask your uniform coordinator to check out Uniform Advantage’s full suite of professional programs. They have been designed specifically to enhance your brand AND make you feel great in your uniform. We think that’s awfully good.
Have the unenviable task of managing uniforms for your team? Let us know what ‘great pains’ you have endured to make it all come together?
Welcome to fall, where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping and mustaches are….. growing?? That’s right!
November is now Movember or, “No-Shave November” as we used to call it; a whole month dedicated to, you guessed it, MUSTACHES! Well, not quite. The Movember Movement was created to bring awareness to men’s health issues including: prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. This awesome movement is led by The Movember Foundation: a leading global organization dedicated to changing the face of men’s heath.
So you want to take part?
Here’s how it works:
Mo Bros (men who support Movember) first register on The Movember Foundation’s page. They then start off the month of November clean-shaven, and continue to grow and maintain their mustache for the entire month of November while raising money for a great cause.
Ladies, you can take part as well. Mo Sistas (women who support Movember) are encouraged to get involved by registering, creating or joining a team, raising funds and talking to the men in their lives about men’s health.
In addition to growing a spectacular Connoisseur mustache, men (and women too!) in the medical field can sport the I Mustache You Sesame Street Unisex Scrub Top by Cherokee Uniforms all month long.
Why is Movember so important?
Bringing awareness about men’s health issues is the first step to prevention. What the Movember Movement is trying to accomplish is sparking the conversation about the these important issues men are facing today. Below are a few facts you should know.
- 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer, and approximately 28,000 men will die from the disease this year.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15-35.
- According to the CDC, heart disease and cancer are two of the leading causes of death in US.
- 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem in a given year.
- More than 4 times as many men as women die by suicide in the US.
- In 2010 a total of 38,364 Americans died be suicide. 79% of which were men.
- The average life expectancy is nearly 5 years less than women
Needless to say, there are ample reasons why The Movember Foundation is taking action towards spreading men’s health awareness, and you should too!
What can you do?
One of the main reasons the state of men’s health is so poor, is because of the lack of awareness and understanding. In addition, research shows men are 24% less likely to visit a doctor than women. Here are a few tips to get our guys on the right path.
- Talk about it! – Use this information as a conversation starter with your family and friends. Ladies, talk to the important men in your lives; encourage them to talk about their health.
- Schedule annual exams – Getting the regular screenings you need can SAVE YOUR LIFE! This is also the perfect time to talk to your doctor and discuss more ways to lower your risk for health issues.
- Eat well – Incorporating a healthy diet is key to improving your well-being. You can start by making small changes to your eating habits like choosing a piece of fruit over a bag chips.
- Get Moving – Adding physical activity to your daily/weekly routine is paramount to strengthening muscles and bones. Physical activity helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack, stroke and certain types of cancer. It can also help to reduce symptom of depression and anxiety. Try to get at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity a week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides great ideas on how to get active on their Healthy Living Page.
- Stay informed – Knowledge is power. Knowing how to prevent and treat the men’s health issues can greatly improve the state of men’s health worldwide. The Men’s Health Network is an excellent place to keep up with the latest information about men’s health. If you visit the U.S. Department of Health’s website, you can find valuable resources to get you on the way to a healthier you.
Show us your ‘stache!
U.S. News & World Report reported that Respiratory Therapists are ranked as the 20th Best Health Care Job and 32nd in the 100 Best Jobs. Respiratory Therapists’ roles are not popularly known and are often considered as a nurse.
According to The University of Kansas Medical Center, “The respiratory therapist (RT) treats people with disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, cardiovascular disorders, and trauma. In the hospital setting, the respiratory therapist provides care and life support to patients in the emergency room, intensive care units, general hospital areas, the pulmonary diagnostics laboratory and other specialty areas such as rehabilitation. While on the job, the RT will diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods. They will interview patients, perform chest exams and analyze tissue specimens. Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own is also a primary responsibility of these professionals. The respiratory therapist may play a prominent role in responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care in the emergency room. Students with strong math skills are best prepared to succeed in respiratory care. Work in this field involves working with patients and other clinicians; it’s definitely not a “desk job” and not “behind the scenes” in a laboratory environment. Respiratory therapists use high-tech equipment and the latest medical techniques to help patients in a variety of situations.”
We discovered 5 great things about RTs from Science Buddies:
- Help a premature baby draw his or her first breaths.
- Remove mucus from a cystic fibrosis patient’s lungs to allow easier breathing.
- Use a ventilator to keep a critically ill patient alive during a med-flight.
- Teach a child how to manage his or her asthma.
- They are our breathing specialists and provide a critical role in helping us with any cardiopulmonary problems.
Have an Awesome week and Thank You for taking care of us!