20 Interesting Facts About Kelley Johnson

Kelley Johnson Miss Colorado 2015 at the Miss America Pageant

Breaking news! Exciting, incredible news!

Kelley Johnson, registered nurse and Miss Colorado 2015 and 2nd runner up to Miss America will be here at our Headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week!

Arguably the most recognizable face in nursing today, Kelley brought national attention to nurses everywhere. We are over the moon excited to spend time with Kelley! We were blown away by her monologue at the Miss America pageant and we share Kelley’s sentiment that nursing is all about loving and caring for patients. Nurses go ALL out for their patients!

Here’s some insight into Kelley’s World:

  1. Kelley was born in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  2. Kelley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nursing School at Grand View University, where she was also a collegiate athlete and valedictorian.
  3. She hopes to obtain a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
  4. Kelley is 6’ 1” Tall. (WOW!)
  5. She has 2 older sisters.
  6. Kelley used to be a volley ball player.
  7. While a student at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson won the Miss Liberty 2014 title.
  8. She wanted to be Miss Colorado since she was a little girl. (Dreams do come true!)
  9. Johnson was crowned Miss Northern Colorado 2015 and went on to be crowned Miss Colorado 2015.
  10. At the Miss America Pageant in September 2015, in the interview portion, she was asked what woman should appear on the ten-dollar bill and answered “Ellen Degeneres.”
  11. She chose to do the monologue for her talent portion for Miss America because she wanted to showcase her talent as a nurse and give nurses a voice as many people do not understand the range of what they do.
  12. Kelley is passionate about supporting organizations like Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Boys and Girls clubs and Junior League.
  13. She loves kids and helping them out!
  14. Kelley’s year as Miss Colorado has included appearances on the Ellen Show, Dr. Oz, The Doctors and speaking engagements across our country.
  15. As Miss Colorado, she is goodwill ambassador.
  16. Chocolate is her favorite ice-cream.
  17. Does she love animals? Yes! She is an Animal Lover Advocate – She just got a French Bulldog by the cute name of Kru yesterday!
  18. Favorite Movie and Song? Sweet Home Alabama and Neon Moon by Brooks & Dunn.
  19. As Miss Colorado, she has visited 10 different states in the last 30 days!
  20. She hates Cilantro and she loves Pickles!

Stay tuned for pics and behind the scenes with Kelley on our social media channels and Blog.

 What inspires you about Kelley?

Miss Colorado’s Telling Example – What it means to be More than Just A Nurse

Did you get a chance to see Miss America on Sunday??

Congratulations to Miss Georgia from the Peaches State!

Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson did her profession proud on Sunday night when she spoke about what nursing represents, instead of doing the usual song and dance repertoires done by contestants. She portrayed herself very humbly and wore her purple scrubs and stethoscope to emphasize the role nurses play in the healthcare profession. It was pretty awesome to see her illustrate exactly what nursing is all about in the example she gave about one of her Alzheimer patients, Joe. What meant the most to him was the love she gave him through meaningful conversations and holding his hand when he needed it the most, and just providing a listening ear. She truly showed that she is more than just a nurse! Check her out in this YouTube video.

We at Uniform Advantage feel the same way because nursing is all about loving and caring for patients, and what nurses dispense from their hearts is irreplaceable. We first saw this popular reference from Nurse Kateri Allard when she wrote a fantastic article titled “Don’t Call Me Just a Nurse.” We had to include it in our Super Nurses infographic campaign last year. Check it out!

One of the memes we posted celebrating our Nurses during Nurses Week this year truly emulates Miss Colorado’s sentiments (see first meme)! Check out the rest of them below. We created several memes about the roles nurses play and how appreciative we are of their service.

Nurses are Angels. Happy Nurses Week! UA 2015 Nurse Meme - Nurses dispense comfortUA 2015 Nurse Meme - RN stands for Rockstar Nurse UA 2015 Nurse Meme - Cute enough to stop your heart UA 2015 Nurse Meme - A Nurse is an Angel

Nurses, you rock! Go Miss Colorado!

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!


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

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

Nurse Mates Halle Slip On Nursing Shoe

Who does not looove their Littmann Stethoscopes??

Marsala Color for 2015 - 3M Littmann Select Stethoscope_Style SELECT

3M™ Littmann Select Stethoscope


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

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


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

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


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?