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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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Just Wanted to Say THANK YOU…on National Compliment Day!

Today is National Compliment Day and we want to THANK YOU for being the BEST CUSTOMERS a company could ask for! Our goal as a company is to provide YOU, our valued customers, with not only quality merchandise, but also superior Customer Service.  It is our #1 priority to reciprocate the dedication and loyalty that we receive from our customers.  We love receiving feedback from YOU so we can continually improve and make sure that we are providing you with the best possible shopping experience.  So thank you to all of our customers who take a minute out of their day to let us know how we’re doing and how we can help you best! We really appreciate each and every one of you!

From Anastasia:

Thank you so much for helping me when my package was lost in the mail!! I truly appreciate the fast response to my email and the genuine care that I received when discussing my order. I wish more companies cared as much as your company does. I am thankful for your easy to use website as well; it always helps me find everything I need at ease. You have a customer for life here, I will continue to purchase strictly through your company! Feel free to use my review on your website; I’d love for people to see the great experience I always have with you guys!! Have a happy holiday!!

From Karen:

I recently had a large order of 27 items.  Once I got this list organized, it was very easy to go online and put in my order.  I then received them very, very quickly.  I just wanted to thank you for the excellent service and scrubs.

From Jill:

I wanted to tell you all that I am very happy with my shopping experience.  First, the website is easy and fun to navigate.  I love the size filters and color match buttons.  It allowed me to put together matching outfits quickly and without confusion.  Your scrubs are affordable, while sacrificing none of the look and quality I prefer, and I received my scrubs only five days after ordering them!  Thank you so much for everything!

From Megan:

I am emailing to let you know I received my order today, they fit perfectly and look great.  Very fast shipping to Australia and excellent customer service.  Thank you very much.

From Patricia:

I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the great customer service and wonderful product! I ordered your butter soft smock tops, and they are perfect! The team received them today, and love, love, loved them!

Have questions about a product? Need help with sizing or color matching?  We’re here to help! Our Customer Service department is here to make your shopping trip with Uniform Advantage a positive one, so the next time you have a question or need assistance be sure to contact us!  Whether you prefer email, phone, or live chat online we are here for you!

Think Service, (We Do!)

This past week, October 7-11 2013 was National Customer Service Week, and here at UA we were very excited to participate!  This week in October was first recognized in 1992 by the U.S. Congress as a way to acknowledge the importance of customer service and to recognize the employees across the country who serve in this field.

Customer service has always been our #1 priority at Uniform Advantage, so we make it a point to value our Customer Service team every day, but especially this week.  Each day brought a different morale-boosting surprises for our team including bagel breakfast, catered lunch, Grey’s Anatomy scrubs  gift bags with assorted goodies, personalized team hoodie sweatshirts, desserts, and more!

We want to remind all of our customers out there about our commitment to serving you. If there is anything we can do to improve your shopping experience and satisfaction with our company, we’re here for you (with smiling faces)!

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YOU…Our #1 Priority!

Our goal as a company is to provide our valued customers with not only quality merchandise, but also top quality Customer Service.  We make it our #1 priority to reciprocate the dedication and loyalty that we receive from our customers.  We love receiving feedback from YOU, our customers, so we can continually improve and make sure that we are providing you with the best possible shopping experience.  So thank you to all of customers who take a minute out of their day to let us know how we’re doing and how we can help you best!  

From Thea:

Hi just a short note to let you know that I received my scrub tops and I am very very happy with them. They are a perfect fit. Thank you so much for looking after me so well.

Yours faithfully

From Karla:

I have ordered uniforms from various suppliers for over 10 years and YOUR company delivered FASTER than anyone else, with the best quality and most reasonable price of any uniforms I’ve purchased in the past 3 years. The fabric has not faded or shrunk and the value is definitely there in terms of style.  Thanks. I will do business with only UA Uniform Advantage from now on.

From Jennifer:

I actually just wanted to give you guys a big thank you for getting my order shipped to me so quickly. I ordered it on 4/23 and received it yesterday which was super fast and I only had ground shipping. My uniforms were in excellent condition and fit perfectly. Overall my service received from your company was outstanding. Thank you very much.

From Martina:

Hi, I’m an Italian Veterinary student, I ordered some of yours scrubs, and  arrived today (in 4 days)!!!They are perfect, more beautiful than the images! The sizes are perfect, thanks to the useful size chart! I’m very satisfied with the items! I’ll certainly order in future again!

Have a nice summer! Thanks for your professionalism! :)

From Michelle:

I would just like to thank you for the speedy service.  I placed an order yesterday afternoon and checked on my status this morning to show that it had already been shipped! Very impressive, I will definitely shop from your company again.

From Brittany:

I just received my shipment of uniforms 7-19-2012 and I just wanted to say I was very pleased with my order and the quality of my tops! I will be using this site from now on to do all my scrub shopping! Thank you very much for such a pleasant hassle free process!

From Peggy:

Thank you for responding so quickly with my concerns. Always happy to find a company that truly believes in customer satisfaction. I will be happy to share my experience with others at work where they can find a good company for their uniforms.

Have questions about a product? Need help with sizing or color matching?  We’re here to help! Our Customer Service department is here to make your shopping trip with Uniform Advantage a positive one, so the next time you have a question or need assistance be sure to contact us!  Whether you prefer email, phone, or live chat online we are here for you!

Behind The Scenes At Mandi’s Photo Shoot!

Mandi Uniform Advantage Ultimate Fan

Uniform Advantage set out to find its Ultimate Fan, that special medical professional or student who could prove their dedication to UA and would earn in return a photo shoot and feature in the Fall UA catalog, an all-expenses paid 4-night trip to Ft. Lauderdale for two, and a $200 UA shopping spree.

…Who did we find, you ask?

We found, Mandi, a CNA/GNA at a Geriatric Nursing & Rehab Center in Cumberland, MD.  Mandi was a standout winner as the UA Ultimate Fan.  Not only did she prove herself through her spirited Facebook contributions on the UA page as well as her own, but she also rallied her friends and co-workers around the contest.  She coordinated her co-workers wearing their matching UA Easter scrubs on the same day along with matching bunny ears (we hear they even hopped for patients!)

Mandi flew down to Ft. Lauderdale with her fiancé Derrick, the trip was extra special for the both of them because it was their first time on a plane and the farthest South they’ve ever been!

Enjoy this “behind the scenes” look at her day here at Uniform Advantage: (Uniform Advantage Ultimate Fan), and shop her looks!  As you can see after watching the video, she rocked the photo shoot, giving us tons of great shots to choose from.  The team at UA had so much fun getting to know her and wish her the best of luck in her profession as well as her personal life!

Be Heartwarming Today!

Donate Life

Buying roses and chocolate isn’t the only way that you can do something “heartwarming” today…it’s also National Organ Donor Day!  Donatelifeamerica.org has made it their mission for 2012 to get 20 million new registered organ donors this year.  Currently there are over 115,000 people in this country awaiting life-saving transplant surgeries, this amounts to approximately 19 people a day dying from a lack of a transplant.

Check out this story from Emory University Hospital this past January about a nurse, Allison, who donated her kidney to her 22-year old patient, Clay who she barely knew.

So how can you help? Register yourself as an organ, eye, and tissue donor here: http://donatelife.net/register-now/ and encourage your friends and family to do the same.  Did you know that one donor can save up to 8 lives!