2014 Holiday gift ideas for medical professionals

Gift Ideas for your Favorite Healthcare Professional

With the holidays approaching quickly, we thought we’d help out with some gift ideas for the medical and veterinary professionals in your life – family, friends, a special nurse, your dentist, vet tech, favorite doctor, physical therapist or any other medical professional you want to acknowledge with a special gift. We’ve come up with some that are unexpected, some medical themed and fun and some that are practical.

The Unexpected:

  • A spa day or treatment – everyone loves a little pampering. Even the guys would love a massage.
  • A “date night” – plan a special night for just the two of you. Whether you cook for that special person or take them out to a favorite restaurant or plan some other activity you know they enjoy. Plan all the details and make all the arrangements….
  • Coupons – they can be for anything – a spa treatment, a week of doing the dishes, groceries or gas for the week, a special meal you know they love
  • A weekend away – even if it’s a “staycation” where you stay in a local hotel and see the sights in your town
  • Books – reading is a source of relaxation for many people. Find out their favorite author and see if they have a website where you can order an autographed copy of their books.
  • Flowers – there are beautiful holiday arrangements at your local florist.
  • “SURPRISE” – most people love surprises – use your imagination and plan something unforgettable!

The Medical Themed and Fun:

We found these on a Pinterest Board titled Medical Crafts and Gifts.

  • Syringe shaped USB cords
  • Band-aid shaped business cards
  • Syringe pens
  • Medical themed iPhone covers
  • EMS Monopoly
  • Hand-painted medical themed martini glass

The Practical – these items are all top sellers available on our website. Enter the Style # in the Search field at the top of our website and Voila!

  • 3M™ Littman® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #CLASSC2 available in Black, Burgundy, Ceil Blue, Navy, Pearl Pink and Raspberry
  • 3M™ Littman® Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #LTWGHT2 available in Lilac, Black, Burgundy, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue and Seafoam
  • Zensah Unisex Compression Leg Sleeves – Style #ZE6055 available in Electric Purple, Aqua, Magenta, Navy, Beige, Black and Pink in Sizes XS/S, S/M L/XL
  • 3M™ Littman® Cardiology III Stethoscope – Style #CARDIO3 available in Black, Hunter, Navy and Plum
  • Nurse Mates Women’s Compression Trouser Socks – Style #LO883 available in Pink, Ceil Blue, White and Black
  • Prestige Basic Fingertip Pulse Oximeter – Style #PR456 available in Purple, Hot Pink and Black
  • Nurse Mates “Medical Compression” 15-20 mmHg Full Support Pantyhose – Style #881610 available in Nearly Nude and White in sizes A- EE
  • 3M™ Littman® Select Stethoscope – Style #SELECT available in Peach, Pine, Purple, Raspberry, Royal, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue, Black, Burgundy and Ocean Blue
  • Prestige Clinical I Stethoscope – Style #CLINICAL available in Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Black, Navy, Purple and Stealth
  • Nurse Mates 15-20 mmHg Medical Compression Knee Highs – Style #LO8816 available in Black, Nude and White in Sizes A/B, C/D
  • Nurse Mates “Why Nurses Rock” Scoop Tote Bag – Style #LO914WNR
  • Nurse Mates Black Floral Lunch Cooler – Style #LO9284BF

No Time? No Ideas? No Problem! A Uniform Advantage Gift Card is always a great and welcome choice!

Happy Shopping! If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to help you!

I just found out I am diagnosed with Breast or Ovarian Cancer…Where do I begin?

Breast Cancer Resources found on blog.uniformadvantage.comBeing diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming and emotional! Oh my Gosh…I am going to lose one or both of my breasts or some part of my body! Where do I go from here?? According to the World Health Organization’s Media Centre updated February 2014, cancers in general is among the leading causes of deaths worldwide and Breast, Lung, Liver, Stomach and Colorectal cancers cause the most deaths yearly.

We found and reviewed two innovative sites that offer so much love in what they have to offer. They embrace you as part of their family and provide a wealth of information, resources, cancer gear and opportunities for connecting.

CureDiva.com

Website: http://www.curediva.com/CureDiva.com, helping women facing breast cancer better their lives with style found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

CureDiva.com was formed because 2 breast cancer survivors, Efrat Roman and Tori Riegler came together to fulfill a need that was not met anywhere, an online shopping mall that is a 1-stop shop offering a wide variety of products at every stage of breast cancer treatment and a community to engage and embrace cancer patients that do not have to go through this alone. CureDiva’s mission is to help women facing breast cancer better their lives with style. Their business model boasts style and flair and gives women that boost of confidence – something that they need especially in this time.

The site is simple and easy to navigate through where customers can shop by Product Type or every stage of breast cancer Treatment including Just Diagnosed, Surgery, Chemo, Radiotherapy, Hormone Therapy and Ever After. When customers buy products, they have the opportunity to recommend products, share their experiences and tips and connect with a Guardian Diva, a fellow female who is also affected by breast cancer. In creating their community environment, they have built a transparent platform where the hard and soft topics are discussed and everything imaginable that a woman goes through is discussed. There are also forums that provide helpful tips, do’s and don’ts and if you have been affected by breast cancer and can provide a useful service to their community of visitors, they provide avenues for vendors, Guardian Divas, Social Media experts, Panel Bloggers and Style Experts to be a part of their savvy and supportive community.

 

SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer

Website: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/

SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer found on blog.uniformadvantage.comSHARE was formed when a group of 12 women showed up to its first support group at the invitation of Dr. Eugene Thiessen, a doctor specializing in breast cancer in 1976. The group became a non-profit in 1978 and has expanded to provide an avenue of support to women and men who needed help with this disease. Their programs include outreach efforts, hotlines for support and educational programs and through this journey has even become an advocate for legislation and greater funding to be allocated to fight breast cancer. It has expanded its ethnic boundaries and LatinaSHARE was formed in the late 1980s providing support and information in Spanish to the Hispanic community. In 1995, they expanded to include support for women dealing with ovarian cancer.

SHARE members are very involved in the communities they touch and have even reached out to Corporations hosting Pink and Teal seminars to spread awareness about these two types of cancers and help encourage employees to be proactive about their health. They also offer an educational program called “Side by Side” that improves communication between patients and their healthcare providers. Survivor Patient Navigators act immediately once you have shared that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and immediate attention and support are given in breast cancer clinics.

These two organizations offer a lot of love, support and trust to a vulnerable and emotional community of women and men that need daily doses of care. We love their missions and what they are about and with an active social media presence, they are changing lives one at a time!

 

Have you found any great sites of your own? We would love to hear about them.

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UA’s Tips for Professional and Personal Success

Here at Uniform Advantage, we admire those who always strive to be their best and improve the world in whatever way they can. As a medical professional, changing the world is in your job description. Each and every day, you dedicate your time, energy, and passion to putting your mind and body to the test to save or improve the lives of others. Along the way in this fulfilling, yet challenging journey, you are bound to learn insightful, new things about your profession, yourself, and others. Here are our top life lessons and career advice s0 that medical professionals can relate to:

  • Believe in yourself: Plain and simple: you won’t get anywhere in your career if you don’t believe in yourself. Success, if it comes to you, is the result of you making the decision to put yourself out there and pursue what you want. Rewards will come to you and your life will be more fulfilling, both professionally and personally, if you have faith in yourself and what you are capable of.
  • Be confident: Going hand-in-hand with believing in yourself, confidence is absolutely vital in your career as a medical professional. You will often have to make quick, spur of the moment decisions to save your patient when no other nurses or physicians are near. So, you’ll have to trust yourself and your abilities. Confidence is also key when you are trying to get what you want out of life; so, don’t be afraid to ask for things and go after what you want. You’ll be amazed at what your potential does for you when it comes to life.UA's Tips for Professional and Personal Success found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  • Do your best to get along with coworkers: Even if you dislike your physician or a fellow nurse irks you, it is imperative to maintain face and put out a positive front. In the event that you are in a subordinate position to these colleagues one day, or if you need a favor, you will want to be on their good side. Plus, your professional network will continue to grow and provide you with opportunities for career advancement if you get to know more and more people.
  • Be proactive: If you want to achieve something, go out and get it for yourself. Don’t wait for other nurses to organize charts or tend to a patient in need. If you see a situation in which your help could be of value, act. Others will be amazed at your incentive and commitment.
  • Don’t dread the long hours – embrace them. Yes, the long hours of a medical professional are exhausting when all you want is to get home, see your family, or plop down in front of the TV for some relaxation. However, try to change your perspective on the over-time and double shifts that you dread: Instead, view them as a challenge that you can overcome and benefit from. It sounds pretty impressive when you say, “At my night shift last night, I helped revive a patient who was crossing the road and hit by a drunk driver.” Naturally, your confidence and credibility as a nurse will increase. More work leads to more opportunities for improvement, success, and learning.UA's Tips for Professional and Personal Success found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  • Always want to learn more. Be like a sponge in your healthcare practice, always absorbing the vast knowledge around you and looking to master new skills. Your hunger and desire to succeed will separate yourself from your colleagues in a very impressive way.
  • Set reasonable expectations. Studies conducted by numerous psychologists back this statement: Those who set reasonable, yet challenging goats that are still within reach will likely accomplish these goals and feel a greater sense of personal satisfaction after completing their goal.
  • Look for things to be thankful for: At the beginning of your day, perhaps even on the car ride to work, set aside a few moments to think about what you’re thankful for in your profession and personal life. Reminding yourself of the things that you appreciate in life will uplift you on those tougher, exhausting days.UA's Tips for Professional and Personal Success found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  • Enjoy the journey, not just the end result. Most people tend to look towards their goals with the mindset of, “If I achieve ____, I will be happy.” This mentality is set up for failure from the get-go, because it neglects to address how the journey to this goal can be fulfilling as well. Whether you’re looking to get a promotion or salary increase, be mindful of your goal, but also cherish and appreciate the steps you took to get there.

What tips do you have to offer on how to take charge of your career and personal life?

First Day Essentials for New Nurses!

Today’s the big day! You’re finally done with nursing school, you’ve owned the NCLEX, and you’re ready to begin your life as a RN. Finally, you get to put your skills to the test and begin practicing! You can’t wait to make a difference in the lives of your patients as well as learn more about medicine and your profession. We know that medical professionals like you are extremely dedicated, selfless, hard-working, and compassionate people, so usually the last thing you would think of on your first day of work is, “How can I make myself feel good today?” Of course, you’re busy thinking, “How can I save some lives today?”

Putting all your selfless tendencies for a moment, Uniform Advantage believes that you should feel confident and at ease on your first day on the job. So, in order to do that, you’ll definitely need some essentials to arm yourself with so you can be prepared for any challenges that come your way. So, we’ve made a top 10 list of nursing essentials that will help you out on the job:

  1. Stethoscope: This item is a nursing essential! Have this on you at all times.

    3M™ Littmann® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope; Style #  CLASSC2

    3M™ Littmann® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope; Style # CLASSC2

  2. Scissors: Storing these safely in a scrub pocket will come in handy for the moments that you have to cut a patient’s bandages.
  3. Hemostat/forceps: Another nursing essential!
  4. Snacks, lunch, and extra lunch money: Staying fueled and hydrated is imperative as a nurse. If you’re not practicing healthy habits and keeping your body replenished, then how can you help out your patients? Giving your body the energy it needs to function properly throughout a long day is vital for you to do your job well.b2
  5. Tylenol or Aleve: In the event that you get a headache or are sore from lifting patients, some Aleve or Tylenol pills can go a long way so that you can refocus on your job.
  6. Writing Utensils: Keep your charts organized and updated with pens and a highlighter! Your physician and fellow nurses will appreciate your consideration. Plus, lending a pen out to a nurse who needs one never hurts!
  7. Nursing bag or backpack: A bag of some kind will make it easier to carry your belongings and nursing essentials to and from work. Also, be sure to carry extras of the essentials in this nursing bag – such as extra cash for emergencies. Carrying your belongings in a bag will help you stay organized.

    Koi LIMITED EDITION Give Love Tote Bag; Style #  KA113GVL

    Koi LIMITED EDITION Give Love Tote Bag;
    Style # KA113GVL

  8. Extra scrubs (just in case): In the event that your scrubs become contaminated or unsightly after treating a critical care ER patient, having a clean pair of your own scrubs for backup is certainly reassuring. Whenever you need to refresh, your scrubs will always be there to have you feeling on top of your game.
  9. Scrubs that you feel comfortable and confident in: Owning comfortable, practical, and stylish scrubs is a must. Standing on your feet for 12 hours at a time becomes extremely burdensome when your scrubs are too tight, too large, not breathable, or are made from an uncomfortable, scratchy fabric. We advise you to stick with Cotton or Poly/Cotton blended scrubs for ultimate comfort and moisture wicking. So, we recommend Grey’s Anatomy scrubs by Barco for your first day on the job. These stylish yet classic scrubs are made from a comfortable cotton fabric that keeps you cool when you’re on the go. Plus the style is so signature that your colleagues are sure to love it!

    Grey's Anatomy Scrubs Junior Fit Mock Wrap Tops; Style #  GA4153

    Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Junior Fit Mock Wrap Tops; Style # GA4153

  10. A smile! Uplift yourself, your co-workers, and your patients with a smile. Positivity’s ability to brighten others’ days helps in the healing process and makes you an approachable, caring nurse.

To all our new nurses out there, we wish you luck on your big first day! Go make a difference in the world!

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

Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required!

As if standing on your feet for hours a day and saving lives wasn’t enough exercise! However, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland, an overwhelming 55% of nurses are overweight or obese. How can this statistic be explained given that nursing is an active job and that nurses are conscientious of health issues? Maybe it’s the compulsive, quick-fix eating that the night shift causes? Perhaps it’s the unhealthy options in the hospital cafeteria or lack of time in the mornings to prepare a meal to bring into work. Or what about the fact that nurses are dead tired after their 12 hour shift and the gym is the LAST thing on their mind? Well, for whatever reason, this phenomenon exists, and we want to help you avoid becoming a statistic.

These exercises are perfect for building a strong core, which improves overall body strength and promotes more controlled movements. Nurses will love these simple at home minute exercises that requires no equipment other than your body (and maybe a nearby towel)!

  • First: loosen up. Stand up with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent. From there, lean forward, grabbing opposite elbows. As you let your head hang, visualize moving your ribs closer to your thighs with each exhale. After stretching in the center for one minute, move your upper-body to the right for 15 seconds, come back to the center for 15 seconds, and then move your upper-body to the left for 15 seconds. Once you have returned to the center, slowly scoop your belly inward and peel up from your spine while visualizing yourself coming up one vertebrae at a time.
  • Plie squat with different torso exercises: To start, spread your legs about 2.5-3 feet apart and do a plie squat. This is important: do NOT let your legs move, wobble, or come out of this position. Staying stationary in your lower body is imperative while you move your upper-body to build core.Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Extend your arms all the way out to the side and bring them forward until they are fully extended in front of you. Avoid muscle strain by remembering to keep your shoulders out of your ear, as well melting your shoulder blades back and down. Do this motion for one minute. Add cardio by increasing the frequency of your movements.
    2. Continue to hold the stance in your lower body wile interlacing your fingers at chest level. Move from side to side using your obliques for 1 minute.
    3. Now, remove your hands from that grip and punch directly in front of you using your obliques (as if you were hitting a punching bag).
  • Drop from the plie squat to a full arm plank. You can either:Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Hold the plank for a minute.
    2. Sprint using your legs by bending your knee to your chest. Keep your hips down and engage your thighs and butt to stabilize your body.
    3. Push up into downward dog for 30 seconds, or just stand up and take a breather.
  • Sit down into what is called a “C” frame.Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Grab underneath your knees after sitting upright. Your legs should be partially extended and have a 90 degree bend in them. Once your hands are underneath your knees, lean back until your arms are fully extended. Now, release your arms while keeping your legs in place by squeezing your inner thighs. At this point, you should feel a slight burn in your lower abdomen. Grab a 5 pound weight and do Russian twists with your torso while your lower body continues to stay still. This will help tone your obliques.
    2. To really work your core, maintain this seated position in the C-frame. Now, put your arms out in front of you, facing forward, with your palms on the ground. Lift one leg up at a time approximately an inch or two off the ground. Keep the leg straight and extended with your foot flexed. Raise your leg and then lower it. Now, with the same leg, you will bend your knee (which engages your hip flexor) and bring your knee towards your chest. After, put your leg back on the floor so you are in the neutral C-frame, and repeat this exercise 10 times, alternating legs.

Try this work out and see what you think! Once it becomes less of a challenge, repeat each set! We hope you’ll notice the benefits of a strengthened core and looser hamstrings! It will make a world of a difference in your health.

10 Ways to Relieve Stress

It’s no surprise that being a medical professional can be an incredibly stressful job. However, practicing stress-relieving relaxation techniques can help alleviate that whole “I go to work and hold others’ very livelihood in the palm of my hands” stress thing. Medical professionals can certainly appreciate stress relieving techniques since they know all the negative effects that over-stressing has on the body. Those who regularly practice relaxation and stress relief experience many positive health benefits, such as a slowed heart rate, lowered blood pressure, reduced activity of stress hormones. 10 Ways to Relieve Stress found on blog.uniformadvantage.comHere are 10 helpful ways to reduce negative stress in your life:

  1. Meditate: This classic relaxation technique promotes feelings of well-being and self-awareness. Simply take 10 minutes for yourself upon arriving home from work to lie on your floor, splay your legs and arms out, clear your mind, and simply enjoy the silence and solitude.
  2. Keep a journal: Remember your diary that you used to keep as a child? Time to start up another one! Journaling is a great emotional release. By writing down your feelings and events of the day, you become more in tune with your emotions and more aware of how you respond to life’s challenges. It’s also a great way to track your progress in building relationships, advancing in your job, or developing a new hobby!
  3. Attend Yoga Classes: A relaxing yet challenging exercise, yoga and its focus on breathing, body awareness, and mental acuity result in better overall health for mind and body. Those who participate regularly in yoga experience lower blood pressure, a reduced heart rate, lower cholesterol, and improved memory. Plus, yoga will help you with your other physical activities! By stretching your muscles and developing greater core strength, you will enjoy an improved range of motion in your exercise.Attend Yoga classes found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  4. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): This relaxation technique, which can be done lying down or sitting up, is characterized by a conscious, controlled process of tensing and then relaxing muscle groups of the body. Most people typically start at the hands or feet and work their way up or down the body, concentrating on areas such as abdomen, back muscles, eyes, jaw, chest, shoulders, and thighs.
  5. Laugh more often: Other than giving you a wicked set of abs, laughter is great for improving your mood and giving you a more positive outlook. Researchers have found that the very act of smiling (even if it is fake or forced) releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, resulting in feelings of happiness! Watch your favorite comedy tonight!
  6. Take a Walk: Daily 30 minute walks are a great form of light exercise that boost immunity and cardiovascular health. Switch up your local route for a change in scenery! Regular exercise is shown to improve brain function and muscle strength in the long-run. Whether you prefer to walk alone and enjoy the quiet, or walk with friends and enjoy the laughter, you will surely notice the many health benefits of walking.
  7. Drink Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants that prevent cell damage, green tea is certainly the healthiest drink (other than water) that you can put into your body. Since it is neither processed nor artificial, green tea has been shown to improve cholesterol, blood flow, and memory. So take a tea break and sip slowly to enjoy the benefits of this amazing drink!Drink green tea found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  8. Prioritize Sleep: Here’s a no brainer – make sure you set aside some time to sleep! Going through the REM cycles allows your body, mind, and immune system to rejuvenate. Those who consistently get less than 7 hours of sleep suffer from poor memory, concentration, and health problems.
  9. Stay hydrated: Remembering to consistently drink water throughout your day will keep you hydrated, which is essential for job performance, focus, and stamina. Drinking water regularly can also result in muscle mass increase, loss of fat, and shinier skin! The intake of this vital fluid allows your body to recuperate from the many stresses you experience on the job and helps you bounce back with an extra boost!
  10. Practice Good Posture: Those who are mindful of their posture, whether standing or sitting, experience many health benefits in comparison to those who slouch around! For example, good posture facilitates breathing, which in turn increases the oxygen flow that our brain needs (20%) to function properly. By rolling the shoulders back and down, keeping your chin level with the ground, and standing tall, you will be seen as a confident individual, which will make you feel better about yourself in turn.Practice good posture found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

What techniques do you find helpful to reduce your stress?