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”!

Happy Respiratory Care Week 2014 from Uniform Advantage!

Respiratory Therapist Official SymbolRespiratory Care week officially began on October 19th and is ending on October 25th.

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.”
Respiratory Therapist treating a patient at Driscoll Children's HopsitalWe discovered 5 great things about RTs from Science Buddies:

  1. Help a premature baby draw his or her first breaths.
  2. Remove mucus from a cystic fibrosis patient’s lungs to allow easier breathing.
  3. Use a ventilator to keep a critically ill patient alive during a med-flight.
  4. Teach a child how to manage his or her asthma.
  5. 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!

Respiratory Therapist Rocks

The Future of Nursing

Future of Nursing found on blog.uniformadvantage.comAre you a recent nursing graduate entering the medical profession work force, or a seasoned professional who has seen friends and family in other types of jobs getting laid off? If so, you may be questioning the future of nursing.

Well, we’re glad to say things are looking good for you nursing professionals!

Registered nurses make up the largest group in the U.S. workforce and nursing is the fastest growing career industry in the country.

Listed below are a few positive statistics according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

  • There are 3.1 million Registered Nurses nationwide.
  • There are four times as many nurses in the U.S as there are physicians.
  • The number of new RN jobs created through 2018 will be 581,500.
  • There will be a 36% rise in the demand for RNs in hospitals by 2020.

Nursing education programs have changed over the past few decades. They are more complex and focused. Allnurses.com says many nurses with Associate degrees (AA) are being encouraged to obtain their Bachelor’s as an AA degree may not be enough to land a nursing job in the future. Per Medscape.com, two-year RN programs are almost obsolete and hospital based nursing diplomas will be a thing of the past in the next 10 years. By 2020, it is the hope of the health care profession that at least 80% of all nurses will have a B.S. in nursing and that eventually this will become the minimum degree. Currently only 13.2% of nurses hold a master’s degree or higher in nursing. Many Ph.D. programs in nursing are fairly new but many believe to work in private practices and academic research nursing doctoral degrees will be needed. You may want to consider continuing your education to focus and specialize in your career.

demands for a new kind of nurse found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

Source: Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

Incomes are increasing based on experience and specialties – more reason to continue your education. Here are some current annual median salaries according to allnurses.com:

  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses: $41,540
  • Registered Nurses: $65,470
  • Nurse Practitioners: $89,960
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: $94,487
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist: $148,160

The future is changing and is brighter than ever! We’ll always need more nurses because people are living longer, globalization has allowed healthcare workers to cross borders easier and there is a rising need for specialist care, outpatient care and home care services.

Fall in Love with Uniform Advantage’s Fall 2014 Hot Sellers – Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ and UA Prints

Just as the major fashion houses do, we plan our seasons well in advance. We anticipate our changing consumer’s tastes and take note of color trends and prints to predict what will be the next “big thing” in medical scrub fashion. With our customers in mind, we always design our collections tailored to all scrub lovers!

With Fall season in high gear, everyone gets excited to update their wardrobe and be trendy for the season. Here are some of our recommendations and top sellers for our Butter Soft Brand and UA Prints:

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Scallop Neck Top, Style # UAS194C - Wine

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Scallop Neck Top,
Style # UAS194C – Wine

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Two Pocket Top, PC62C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Two Pocket Top
Style # PC62C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ New & Improved V-Neck Top with Stretch Panels, Style # STN868C – Emerald Isle

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ New & Improved V-Neck Top with Stretch Panels Style # STN868C – Emerald Isle

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Drawstring Pant with Elastic Waist Back, Style # UA47C - Pewter

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Drawstring Pant with Elastic Waist Back Style # UA47C – Pewter

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Elastic Waist Pants,  Style # UA36C – Navy

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Elastic Waist Pants Style # UA36C – Navy

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s 6 Pocket Cargo Drawstring Pant, Style # UA32C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s 6 Pocket Cargo Drawstring Pant Style # UA32C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Solid Round Neck Top, Style # UAS737C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Solid Round Neck Top Style # UAS737C – Cherry Berry

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ ¾ Sleeve Mock Wrap Top, Style # UAS648C – Amber Glow

Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ ¾ Sleeve Mock Wrap Top Style # UAS648C – Amber Glow

If print tops and jackets are more to your liking, we’re sure to have one, or more, that will get you lots of rave reviews at work.

Scarf and Paisley prints almost seem timeless. Our “Tango Twist Emerald Isle” top with a sculpted neckline and flattering fit (Style # UA748TEI) is a perfect example and because it’s in a placement print style it’s a less busy interpretation.

UA Tango Twist Emerald Isle Print Top,  Style # UA748TEI

UA Tango Twist Emerald Isle Print Top
Style # UA748TEI

 

Also in the parade of new trends to embrace are Winter Garden prints. Our “Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet” Mock Wrap top (Style # WT863LLP) will remind you of a stroll through an enchanted fall forest. It’s enhanced with bands of our seasonal “Purple Velvet” color along the neckline and side seams.

UA Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet Mock Wrap Scrub Top, Style # WT863LLP

UA Luminance Leaf Purple Velvet Mock Wrap Scrub Top Style # WT863LLP

 

Are you nostalgic for the 60’s? Then the Bold Geometric look might be just the thing to make you feel groovy. Take a trip down memory lane in our “Shades of Square Navy” ¾ sleeve scrub top (Style #UA50SSQ).

UA Shades of Square Navy 3/4 Sleeve Print Scrub Top, Style #UA50SSQ

UA Shades of Square Navy 3/4 Sleeve Print Scrub Top Style #UA50SSQ

Like to walk on the wild side with Animal prints? Or Maybe a Camouflage look? This “Exotic Camo Coffee Bean” v-neck print top (Style # PC62ECC) combines both of these looks that are still trending for Fall.

UA Exotic Camo Coffee Bean Print Scrub Top, Style # PC62ECC

UA Exotic Camo Coffee Bean Print Scrub Top
Style # PC62ECC

Conversational prints are those novelty style prints that have a theme or some special design. These are themes being seen in home décor, stationery and paper party goods as well as clothing. Look around in the stores and you’ll see foxes, hedgehogs, owls, raccoons and peacocks. Our “Wild Critters Aquamarine” classic warm-up jacket is lawn party of fun little critters that will make you and your patients smile.

UA Wild Critters Aquamarine Print Scrub Top,Style #  PC62WCA

UA Wild Critters Aquamarine Print Scrub Top, Style # PC62WCA

 

Another take on Conversational prints are those designed with specific medical fields in mind such as dental or veterinary to name a few.   What hygienist or dental assistant wouldn’t love our “Smile Brush Shine Blue” mock wrap scrub top (Style # WT668SMI) with Turquoise accents on the wrap line, sleeves and pockets?

UA Smile Brush Shine Blue Print Scrub Top, Style # WT668SMI

UA Smile Brush Shine Blue Print Scrub Top
Style # WT668SMI

 

 What style appeals to you the most and what do you plan to change for the Fall Season?

 

Happy Feet = Happy Healthcare Professionals!

Seasoned medical professionals KNOW their work shoes can be their best friend and a major part of their uniform. Long hours of walking/running and standing on hard floors can be tough on your feet and back. If you’re just starting out and trying to figure out what shoes are for you, your initial impression may be that you have to sacrifice fashion for functionality. However, just as scrubs have evolved, so have shoes for the medical profession. They help prevent complications from your job and let you make a fashion statement. These aren’t your grandma’s white oxfords anymore!

Besides providing comfort, fit, support, performance and durability, there are numerous stylish looks: solids in a rainbow of colors, animal prints, metallic prints, floral prints and more. If you like subtle, there’s a shoe for you. If you want to add a “pop” to your uniform or make a fashion statement, there’s definitely a shoe for you too! In addition to the look of the shoes, there is also a style for everyone – whether you want a clog, a slip-on an oxford or an athletic style.

Additionally, there are other features to consider such as the material the shoes are made of; do you want leather or polyurethane? Do they need to be slip resistant or shock absorbing? Stain resistant or washable?

Whether you’re looking for your first nursing shoe or looking to update your professional shoe wardrobe, here are a few of our favorites:

Alegria shoes are a luxurious alternative to the basic clog. Their foot beds are designed to form to the natural shape of your foot for ultimate support and comfort. Their “Metal Rain” closed back shoe (Style # KEL751) has a mild rocker outsole and is slip resistant. This beautiful shoe with metallic sheen will get lots of compliments.

If you are in love with Grey’s Anatomy™ scrubs, you will have to have this Grey’s Anatomy™ by Softwalk “Black Metallic Meredith” Nursing shoe (Style #MEREDBMR). It is slip resistant and lightweight with a very feminine floral pattern.

Dansko is known for its comfortable, functional and funky styles and patterns. And their “Professional Multi Ripple” Patent Leather Clog (Style # DANSKMRP) is a perfect example. You will really make a statement in this uber comfortable closed back clog.

If you’re looking for bright and bold, the Koi by Sanita® Professional “Lindsey Fae” in Raspberry (Style # FAE) is for you. These closed back clogs put Dorothy’s ruby slippers to shame in the eye appeal department! They’re embossed patent leather and loaded with all the comfort features you need for a long day on your feet. They’re also available in Navy for a more subtle look.

Is the athletic look more your style? Then check out Skechers “Loving Life” Black/Multi Athletic nursing shoe (Style # LOVGLBML). This sporty walking sneaker design features a smooth faux leather mesh fabric upper accented with a multicolor bungee laced front panel. These shoes will make you smile and will be the finishing touch to any color scrubs you wear.

We are curious to find out what shoe features you value the most and any favorite colors you love to wear?

The Right Nursing shoes make Happy Healthcare Professionals by Uniform Advantage