Will women ever reduce the Glass Escalator effect?

The “glass ceiling,” a term used to describe women’s inability to advance in their career and receive equal pay as men solely because of their gender, has plagued working women for decades. Although we are now living in a society where we are seeing more and more professional, career women, a very large inequality gap still exists. In fact, women currently earn 77% of what a man does for the same job with the same qualifications — a relatively small increase from the 64% that women would earn in 1951 according to infoplease.com. To put it simply, a women earns 77 cents for the same job that a man would do for a dollar.glass

But what about in female-dominated professions, such as teaching and nursing? Do women who work in these professions still experience the salary and career-advancement inequality as other women in different industries do? The answer, alarmingly, is yes. The “glass escalator” describes this phenomenon perfectly: Men who work in female-dominated professions are more likely to advance faster and further in their career, as well as receive higher pay. Many women that work as hard or even harder than men continue to struggle to advance as some men “glide by” on this intangible glass escalator. According to Caren Goldberg, Ph.D., an assistant professor of management who has studied this phenomenon at American University’s Kogod School of Business, “Men that enter female-dominated professions tend to be promoted at faster rates than women in those professions.”

To put some reason behind these staggering facts, many higher-ups and managers feel less inclined to promote women on the basis of career interruptions, such as raising a family. In addition, typical managerial and boss stereotypes typically match the qualities of a stereotypical man, such as assertiveness, which perpetuates this cycle. This societal stereotype that works to the benefit of men continues to place a stigma upon most working women, even those who do not have a spouse or children.

What do you think of the glass escalator? Have you ever experienced job inequality in your workplace?               

Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas for Busy Nurses!

Nurses are known for being fully committed to their work. This usually translates to more time on the job and less time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals. In an effort to prevent nurses from falling into this pattern, we’ve come up with 5 easy to make, healthy meal ideas to help provide you with the nutrients and energy that you need to get through your demanding work day. Waking up just a little bit earlier or taking some time out of the night before to put together a healthy meal will improve your focus and mood – two benefits that make a huge difference in the day to day and long run.

Night-shift nurses: we haven’t forgotten about you! Although a typical breakfast time hasn’t been in your schedule for months now, these meal ideas are still perfect to help carry you through that challenging night shift.

Breakfast: You’ve heard the old saying plenty of times, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Well, it couldn’t be any truer. According to WebMD, breakfast is linked to key health benefits, such as weight control, lower cholesterol levels, and improved performance in areas such as concentration and endurance.blub

  • Start your day off on the right foot by adding some fruit to your breakfast. Blueberries have been dubbed as a “super food” by many scientists as a result of their high nutritional benefits and links to improved brain health, reduced body fat, and anti-aging properties because of the abundance of free radicals. A cup of blueberries is the perfect serving size to start off your day.
  • This delicious fruit will pair nicely with ½ cup of oatmeal boiled in 1 cup of water. Hearty and filling, oatmeal provides you with the energy you need to carry you through the day until lunch.
  • Drink 1 cup of orange juice in the morning. This tasty drink is loaded with potassium, dietary fiber, and Vitamin C!

Lunch: Lunch is a very important meal that will help carry you through the rest of the workday. Since your metabolism is highest during afternoon hours, be sure to have a well-balanced, nutritious lunch that focuses on good carbohydrates and protein.peeta malark

      • For a satisfying and filling choice try a whole-wheat tortilla roll with sliced turkey, sliced low-fat mozzarella cheese, red pepper strips, and a chilled lettuce leaf. Add a fruit salad for some extra sweetness!
      • For all of the vegetarians out there, try a whole wheat pita stuffed with vegetarian refried beans, salsa, lettuce, and shredded cheddar cheese! Apple slices with peanut butter will give you an extra boost!

Snack: We’ve all done it: Your lunch didn’t really do the trick and now you’re starving at 3 PM with at least 2 more hours on the job. “That Snickers in the vending machine sure does sound good right now…” In spite of the blissful few minutes of flavor and happiness that you feel while eating the Snickers bar, you will inevitably regret this decision about 30 minutes later when the sugar crash hits you. Avoid the unnecessary, unhealthy calories with these snacks instead!cel

      • For all you peanut butter lovers out there, this snack suggestion is perfect for you! A medium stalk of celery with 2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter contains 195 calories rich in protein and fiber. Filling and tasty, this easy-to-prepare snack will give you a perfect guilt-free, delicious experience!
      • Fiber One Bars are packed with 35% of your daily value of fiber! Treat yourself while staying healthy at the same time with Fiber One’s Oats and Chocolate Chewy Bar! It will satisfy your sweet tooth and prevent you from crashing during the day.
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Click on this infographic for more information on healthy eating from ChooseMyPlate.gov!

Check out this infographic by MyPlate.gov for a representation of what a balanced meal would look like!

We would love to know: What meals do you eat to stay healthy and energized while on the job?

Scrub Tops That Made the Cut for Best Reviews!

Who says that Spring Cleaning is just reserved for the Spring? This summer, revamp your wardrobe with bold prints, vibrant colors, and elegant cuts. Spice things up in your closet and bring some of these hot trends into your workplace! Who knows, maybe your bold style will inspire your coworkers to blossom into fashion-conscious medical professionals too! Either way, you’ll feel confident and comfortable in your new look.

With that said, your opinion matters to us, so update your wardrobe with some of our best rated scrub tops from customer reviews! We hope that sharing this positive feedback from other customers will provide you with an informed shopping experience with us!

  • Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature STRETCH Junior Fit Two Pocket Top: The popular Grey’s Anatomy collection by Barco has done it again with this favorite! Featuring two handy pockets that offer unique features, such as an ID loop, this top’s cinched waist will do your body justice. Side slits allow for a more flattering look in this top, which is available in 12 colors! Shae’s customer satisfaction with the material’s comfort definitely reflects this top’s 4-star rating!
    Grey's Anatomy Signature Stretch

    Style # GA2121

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  • Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Scallop Neck Top: Irresistibly soft, Butter-Soft Scrubs are a year round favorite. However, these flowery summer colors available for this stylish top make an instant favorite for summer! With an elegant v-scallop neckline, this practical top features 4 discretely placed pockets. This top received TONS of rave reviews with an average of 4.5 stars! Monique, from Ohio, said this of the Butter-Soft scrub top: “So in love with the color and style of this scrub top, it complements me well. Added bonus are the 4 pockets and reasonable price.”
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    Style # UAS194C

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  • Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs V-Neck Top: Offered in 20 brilliant color options, this top takes color-blocking to a whole new level. Flattering side panels made from a poly-spandex blend provide comfort, style, and flexibility! The V-neck line will also provide you with additional comfort and breathing room. With an average review of 4.5 stars, this top is definitely a must-have! Michaela from Alabama raves, “I love these uniforms! They are so slender using and by far my favorite!!:)”
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    Style # CK2874

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  • Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Junior Fit Mock Wrap Tops: “Hands down the best fitting scrub top ever,” this 4.5 star Grey’s Anatomy top is sure to continue its reputation as a popular crowd-pleaser in the summer months. Comfort is a priority with this top, which features two front pockets with a hidden pen pocket, empire seam, and adjustable back tabs. Side slits make movement a breeze for those on-the-go moments. The tag-less inside kisses those itchy neck days goodbye!
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    Style # GA4153

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  • Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ V-Neck Scrub Top with Stretch Knit Panels: Naima, from Chicago, says this 4.5 star top is “Just awesome. the uniform looks exactly as it shows in the picture, very satisfied with this purchase. I recommended your site to all my friends.” The combination of comfort and style makes this v-neck scrub top a must-have in your scrub collection. It features soft, stretchy poly-spandex side panels and a “V” insert in contrasting color. Slimming side panels create a fitted look that gives you flexibility all day long. Two double-front pockets provide plenty of room to store your belongings. This fashion scrub top offers a flattering shape with side slits for a comfortable fit on the hips.
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    Style # ST868C

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What are some of your UA favorites that you think should’ve made this all-star list?

Oh Snap! We’re On Instagram

Instagram - sharing the world's momentsInstagram is one of the most rapidly growing social networks. Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has taken the social media community by storm, captivating a quarter of all online web users. With over 200 million active monthly users, Instagram has become a great platform to share special moments with followers. This app is great for the users who find themselves constantly on the go, just like our customers.

Uniform Advantage is proud to announce that they too have decided to join the online frenzy and create its own Instagram account for loyal customers and other members of the UA community.

With this latest addition to UA’s social media platforms, UA aims to utilize this artistic avenue to interact with all of you and show you our culture at your convenience. Our page will offer a behind-the-scenes look into UA’s latest styles, exclusive offers, and photo shoots. We will always strive to keep Instagrammers up-to-date on specials and events tailored for you!

Side note: Our comfortable, sleek styles look even better with filters!

Here are some tips to make your experience and interaction  with UA’s Instagram the best possible:

Follow Uniform Advantage on Instagram at @uascrubs

Share with us – Show us your favorite UA styles by snapping some selfies & sharing pictures of what inspires you, so it will inspire us! We want to know what you love, what questions you have, and what you are looking forward to!

Win with us – Enter in exclusive contests and giveaways that can only be found on Instagram. Be the most active on our profile and get the chance to be Fan of the Month and be in the running for some great prizes!

Get inside – Be the first to get sneak previews of upcoming product launches, special events, & behind-the-scene glimpses of photo shoots!

So go ahead, give us a follow on Instagram at “@uascrubs”! Join the conversation!

Happy Nurses Week 2014

Happy Nurses Week 2014! Nurses Rock…..

HAPPY NURSES WEEK to our Super Nurses!!

This week, it’s all about you and your great contributions made to your jobs, your employers and our healthcare system overall. Life is about creating new synergies and making the most of every opportunity, and that for you is every patient that comes into your care. The decisions you make, the 20 tasks you have to do simultaneously amongst several patients, the millions of hours you put in – there are really no limits on what your day will look like by the time you are done.

Every day and this week especially, we appreciate you, want to love on you, thank you, applaud you and celebrate you because we cannot do WITHOUT you. You touch everyone in your communities you work in. We appreciate your value in health and family planning clinics, schools, wellness programs in Corporations, doctor’s offices, home care, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, STD units, AIDS Hospices, hospitals and let’s not forget our Travel Nurses! You are the muscle and backbone of our healthcare system.

Imagine we are celebrating over 5 million nurses who have gone beyond the call of duty!! What we love about you, is that despite working for an industry where the demand for nurses cannot keep up with the supply of healthcare services, you love what you do and give of yourselves selflessly.

We love our Nurses! They are the best customers a company can have! You guys are amazing, fun, sophisticated and passionate group of women and men. We created an Infographic, nursing postcards and muses in your honor.

Enjoy and have a fantastic week ahead!

We would love to hear from you. Let us know how you are being celebrated this week…

 

Nurses Week 2014

 

UA goes Hollywood

Uniform Advantage goes Hollywood…

Uniform Advantage’s print scrub top made a star appearance with Cate Blanchett, Oscar winning actress in the highly acclaimed Blue Jasmine Movie that aired last year in July 2013.

Gorgeous Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for Best Actress in her performance in Blue Jasmine, filmed in August 2012. The budget for the film was $18 million and it grossed around $95 million worldwide.

Cate Blanchett plays the character of Jasmine French, a New York socialite with a wealthy lifestyle. Her marriage and entire life fell apart when her husband’s deceptive business practices came to light. With no one to help her, single and broke, she moves in to live with her estranged sister, Ginger, in San Francisco to get back control of her life. At this point, she is unstable mentally and emotionally and in putting her life back to pieces, she gets a job unwillingly as a receptionist in a dental office.

Her work wardrobe included Uniform Advantage’s Mix It Up Cougar mock wrap scrub top from their Butter-Soft collection. “Mix It Up Cougar” was designed to resemble a cougar’s spots. The style included the side drawstring tie and was 55/45 cotton poly blend. It was part of Uniform Advantage’s Spring/Summer 2012 lineup and featured fashionable shades: coffee bean, cougar and pineapple. The mock wrap scrub top featured a trendy geo print that was the “in” style two years ago and still is today.

Uniform Advantage is constantly designing a wide variety of fresh and stylish printed designs for their exclusive UA Uniform collections, the number one place for scrubs and all of your nursing uniform needs. For more information about these different styles and colors they offer, please visit http://www.UniformAdvantage.com.

Have you seen Blue Jasmine? Have you seen any of our prints in TV Shows or Movies? Let us know, we would love to see!

How to Rise Above it All: Nursing from Within…

Elizabeth ScalaWritten by Guest Blogger and Spiritual Practical Nurse, Elizabeth Scala

Healthcare has gone, and will continue to go through, major shifts.

Political policy, economic environments, and the rise of technology could paint us this picture of healthcare as a big, money making business. The motivation to increase profits can potentially take out the love and genuine nature of what nursing represents.

Yikes!

On one hand, this landscape appears bleak. On another, we might see it as an opportunity.

In my line of work, I see so much stress coming at us nurses from every angle; I was thinking I’d opt for option two. We are at a crossroads and the path I choose to take is one in which we as nurses can rise above the stress when you may have lost hope, even worse, when you want to give up. Who’s with me?

What I’d like to offer in this article is a fresh, new perspective. This requires some out-of-the box thinking, but in the words of my teachers, Lissa Rankin and Rachel Naomi Remen- “Life is what happens outside of the box”.

The challenges touched on above are often beyond the individual nurse’s control. And this feeling of ‘lack of control’ is one of the reasons beneath the reasons for stress.

I was actually in a meeting a couple of weeks ago with some of the major leadership players on well-being at my workplace. A question was posed, as we tried to wrap up the conversation and nail down the key take-away points, “What is the one thing we could focus on to help our nurses? The one thing they struggle with?

Stress. At first, that was the unanimous response.

I, with dozens of years less experience than any and the youngest in the room, timidly spoke up. And am glad that I did. My viewpoint: yes, stress is a major challenge. And there are things that are happening even beneath the stress. The underlying issues, so to speak.

So as I said above, the lack of control is one. Feeling as though we don’t have a voice can be another. Being unable to work up to our degrees and actually provide quality nursing care might still be an example.

In fact, I could go on and on.

This awareness that there are issues beneath the issues is what has sparked me to embark on my journey of bringing out the nurse within.

In today’s post, I’d like to share with you two techniques you might try to reconnect with your nurse within:

  • Focus the Energy: It may be hard to do at first, especially with all of the challenges we’ve discussed above, but the best thing you can do in any and all situations is to focus on the positive. Sure you may have a lot of computerized work to do, but it’s so much more legible than those old handwritten notes we used to receive. OK so maybe the staffing isn’t great for the day, but you’re helping people heal. As Carl Jung put it: “What we resist, persists.” Where you place your energy, effort and attention will only grow in strength. Focus on all of the good you do at work, the joy you bring to others and the love you have of your role- this will bring you more good to be grateful for.
  • Mindfulness Matters: Take up a mindfulness practice outside of work or class. A daily routine of going inward while you’re not engrossed with study or job will help you when the chaos of a nursing day lands on your shoulders. It’s hard to focus on being present in the moment when you’re just that busy. So a way to be better at concentrated attention is to take up a daily mindfulness practice like meditation, body scanning, Tai Chi, Reiki or Yoga.

There are many more ways to invite the nurse within. I encourage you to simply open up to the possibility and practice. The negativity, the stress, everything we encounter- it can become overwhelmingly exhausting. If we let it.

Focus on what you can control. Connect with the relationships that lift you up. Notice where you feel pride, gratitude and joy. Nursing truly is a beautiful blend of art and science; now allow the practice to flow from inside of you.

About the Author: Spiritual Practice Nurse Elizabeth Scala is on a mission to transform the profession of nursing from the inside out. Individuals typically enter nursing with a desire to provide compassionate, heart-based care. Challenged by regulations, financial pressures and technological advancements, today’s nurse struggles to balance the art with the science of nursing. As a speaker, trainer, facilitator and author, Elizabeth inspires nursing teams to reconnect with the passionate and fulfilling joy that once called them to their career. To find out more about Elizabeth Scala, please go to http://www.elizabethscala.com. You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @ElizabethScala, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn and You Tube and check out her latest book,  Back to the Basics: A Nurse’s Pocket Guide to Self-Care.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog post are solely those of the original author. Their views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Uniform Advantage’s staff, and/or any contributors to this site.

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