More than Just a Nurse….

Nurses are Superheroes. Happy Nurses Week!

Nurses are the underlying tempo of the healthcare system and contribute to the innate rhythm that flows through it. They are the first ones you see before the doctor attends to you, and they make you feel comfortable from the time they greet you with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon.”

Nursing is a “by the people, for the people” profession. It encompasses matters of the body, heart and soul. Like a domino effect, they add their special touches and spread their compassion throughout the entire facility. What is beautiful about the nursing profession is that it is universal and nurses can transfer their skills and add value anywhere in the world!

Whether these nurses work in ambulatory, cardiac care, correctional facilities, forensics, pediatrics, geriatrics, or traveling around the world, these men and women have an impact on their respective corners of the world, and are all here to help us be stronger and wiser. Our health is truly our wealth!

Have you ever thought of the environment they work in? It is fast paced, dynamic, team oriented, emotional and very physical. In addition to being able to cope with a physically demanding work environment, nurses have the brains too! Nurses are smart, organized, proactive, reactive, and are great collaborators and drivers of change!

Nurses are Angels. Happy Nurses Week!

With Nurses Week 2015 starting today, Uniform Advantage is giving you a huge shout out! Thank you for all of your hard work and taking great care of us.

You are truly the “Wind Beneath our Wings” and we dedicate this song to you!

 

Happy 30th Anniversary UA!

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…

  1. 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.
  2.  We started in Weston but our Headquarters is now located in Plantation, Florida.
  3. 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™.
  4. Our first line of UA scrubs was launched in 1994 with styles PC62C and UA36C.
  5. 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…

Uniform Advantage is celebrating 30 years as a designer, manufacturer and retailer of medical scrubs and everyone who loves nursing uniforms.

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?

Uniform Advantage partners with The Children’s Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

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.

Meet Gael, a child impacted by The Children Heart's Foundation research

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.

Uniform Advantage partners with The Children's Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

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?

What did you just call me? A satire about nursing uniforms….

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:

  • Rigid
  • Inflexible
  • Normal
  • Regular
  • Monolithic

‘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?

Your One Stop Shop for all your Medical Scrub needs that supports your branding initiatives...visit www.uniformadvantage.com

November, Movember – raising Men’s Health Awareness one mustache at a time….

November, Movember - raising Men’s Health Awareness one mustache at a time....

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.

Cherokee Tooniforms I Mustache You Unisex Print Scrub Top, Style #  CK6876SM

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!

We’d love to see how you are spreading men’s health awareness. Please share our blog on your Facebook,  Twitter,  Pinterest pages and tag us on Instagram “#uascrubs” and “#movember”!