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!

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to continue raising awareness for early detection

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection

 

National Cancer Institute’s definition of Breast Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts (thin tubes that carry milk from the lobules of the breast to the nipple). Another type of breast cancer is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. Invasive breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast ducts or lobules to surrounding normal tissue. Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2014:

  • New cases: 232,670 (female); 2,360 (male)
  • Deaths: 40,000 (female); 430 (male)
  • Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in US women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

There are scary facts for this type of cancer prevalent in women! But, when it is found early, according to the National Cancer Institute….

  •  In the localized stage, the five year survival rate is 98%.
  • Over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the US today.

How awesome are these statistics! The key is EARLY DETECTION.

How do you do that? Start today by creating an Early Detection Plan at earlydetectionplan.org. You will receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.

Steps to Preventative Care:

  1. Educate yourself about Breast Cancer – the symptoms and signs. Click here to learn more.
  2. Perform Breast Self-Exams every month. You will discover patterns and will be able to determine changes if any occur and need to be checked by your doctor right away.
  3. Get a Pap Smear every year. Breast exams are performed by your doctor and they will check for lumps or any other physical changes as part of their routine check.
  4. Get a Mammogram once you turn 40 and/or older than 40 every 1-2 years. A Mammogram is an x-ray of your breast tissue that is examined by a qualified specialist. The breast is exposed to a small dose of radiation and produces an image of the tissue. According to NBCF, a mammogram can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. They also can show tiny clusters of calcium called microcalcifications. Lumps or specks can be caused by cancer, fatty cells, or other conditions like cysts. Further tests are needed to find out if abnormal cells are present.
  5. Review your diet and choose healthier choices that will keep your body more alkaline. Cancers are formed in acidic body environments. All vegetables, fruits with the exception of cranberries, protein and beverages like tea (green tea, dandelion tea, ginseng tea), fresh squeezed juices except cranberry and freshly made vegetable juices all contribute al an alkaline environment. Check out Jillian Michael’s site for more details.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage contributed over $5,000.00 by donating $1 from the sale of 2 of our prints: Pink Spin Black and Pink is Perfect Black prints to help join the war against breast cancer!!

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection for Fall 2014

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

Check out this video resource on BeyondTheShock.com®. Beyond The Shock is a collaborative breast cancer guide created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) with the support of the finest medical experts, doctors, and researchers in the world. NBCF utilized ground-breaking technology and the resources of the global medical community to create an accessible platform for understanding a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Hear Bonnie’s inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.

We welcome your support! Let’s educate ourselves more, get constant checkups and squash the war against Breast Cancer for good!

 

North Memorial’s Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage – Corporate Testimonial

North Memorial's Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage - Corporate TestimonialWe LOVE hearing from our customers and when Michael Burke, Manager of Environmental Services and his team at North Memorial gave us their testimonies, we were excited to share their feedback!

Problem: North Memorial’s Healthcare staff was in need of new uniforms as it was time to outfit their staff in new ones. Due to an existing relationship with one of our clients, Uniform Advantage was referred to North Memorial to outfit all of their departments except the surgical teams. This interview highlights Environmental Services which includes Housekeeping, Patient Escorts and Parking, Shuttle & Valet.

Solution: Uniform Advantage met with Environmental Services’ leadership to review and choose colors and styles. Housekeeping added a blue piping which gave the uniforms a touch of class. The uniforms have been a nice boost to the Environmental Services employee morale. Michael Burke, Department Manager mentioned that he has been stopped in the halls and complimented on his selection of uniforms – staff is very happy with the design, comfort & breathability.

North Memorial Environmental Services Team - nursing uniforms outfitted by Uniform Advantage

Uniform Advantage: What words of advice would you give a Director who is looking to implement a new uniform program?

Michael Burke: Assign the project to a leader who cares, give them the ability to make recommendations, work directly with the staff on what works & what doesn’t, and finally test a few uniforms out to make sure they actually work. There is the overall appearance, the fit of the uniform for both men/women and to determine if the fabric is comfortable when performing day to day tasks.

Uniform Advantage: These departments have been recently outfitted by Uniform Advantage: Housekeeping, Patient Transport, Parking, Shuttle & Valet. What colors and styles did you select for each department and why?

Michael Burke: To improve patient satisfaction scores “room kept clean” its best practice for EVS staff to enter the room using AIDET which is Announce, introduce, duration, explanation and leaving with a thank you. When doing so the appearance plays an important role in the positive perception of the patient & family members.  We chose blue, using UA we had a variety of pant styles to choose from. This helped fit the various needs of our staff, IE: size of top, hips, length and gender.

Uniform Advantage: Tell me how that process worked for you and what your favorite service experience with us.

Michael Burke: From the start, the UA team listened to what it was we were looking for; they didn’t give up while we continued to search for the appearance we wanted. UA had mocked up tops for my team to review, which ultimately created the style & look we wanted.

Uniform Advantage: What has been the staff’s feedback about their new uniforms? The colors and fabric, the fit and style?

Michael Burke: Statements from staff have included “I love the new uniforms, the uniforms fit extremely well, I like the look of the new uniforms with several employees stopping him telling him thank you for the new uniforms”. What made the impact for me was the fact that there were many, many positive comments on the uniform. This has never happened with changing out uniforms in my 30+ years.

Uniform Advantage: When you look good, you feel good. Right? As it has been a while since you last bought new uniforms, how has this impacted your team’s confidence levels on the job?

Michael Burke: In July we implemented our appearance policy, the EVS staff look good and meet the new policy. Since implementation I have not had anyone give me negative feedback on the uniform, only positive which tells me they are happy with the input given as well as the outcome.

Uniform Advantage: How has this impacted your business overall with your patients and vendors? Are they buzzing about the new uniforms?

Michael Burke: The old phrase, no news is good news.

Uniform Advantage: Would you recommend us to another colleague?

Michael Burke: Yes, I would give UA a recommendation for both product & solid customer service.

North Memorial Environmental Services Team - nursing uniforms outfitted by Uniform Advantage

Kelly Olson, a Management Specialist who led the uniform process on Michael’s team added…

I concur! Yes, love doing business with uniform advantage.  They always respond to emails and questions and finding solutions to any issues that may come up. Our staff look good in their new uniforms.   They are comfortable, breathable and are holding up well with regular wear.   It has been almost nine months since our first roll out and we have not had any issues with deficiencies such as buttons popping off or seams coming undone.  The few issues we have had were due to carelessness or accidental damage by the employee themselves.  Catching their pockets on door handles or objects, spilling bleach on their uniform, leaky pen in their pocket, etc. Very satisfied with the customer service and the product.

About North Memorial per their site

North Memorial Health Care is a comprehensive health care system that serves the north, central, and west communities in the Twin Cities metro area. But our reach extends far beyond these neighborhoods. Through our two hospitals and a metro-wide network of primary, specialty and urgent care clinics; outpatient centers; medical transportation; and home and community outreach, we are a regional leader in advanced medical care. In August 2014, North Memorial Medical Center became the proud recipient of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ 2014 award for the third consecutive year. Healthgrades is the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information. The 50 Best Hospitals honor recognizes 50 hospitals as the top 1% in the nation for consistent clinical excellence based on an analysis of risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for common procedures and conditions. These hospitals are not only differentiated by their overall clinical excellence and have exhibited superior performance in caring for patients across a broad spectrum of care – they are those who have done so for a minimum of 7 and 4 years respectively.

 

North Memorial's Uniform Program brought to you by Uniform Advantage - Corporate Testimonial

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?

 

Enter Uniform Advantage’s Win It Wednesday Contest featuring Crocs Scrubs…

Uniform Advantage Win -It-Wednesday Contest featuring Crocs Scrubs found on blog.uniformadvantage.comHappy Hump Day! It’s Wednesday 24th September and you need a new pair of Scrubs!

A girl can never have too many right?? Get ready to win a complimentary scrub set from Crocs Scrubs!

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win in Uniform Advantage’s Win It Wednesday contest!

 

Crocs scrubs has fit, functionality and flattering designs which is what all women look for in their clothing especially their nursing uniforms. These scrubs are fun, comfortable and stylish and allows you to have ease of movement all day and night and you can even complement them with a pair of your Crocs shoes!

 

6 lucky winners will win a Crocs Scrub Set that includes a scrub top and pants offered on our website for free!

 

Below are the instructions on how to enter the contest on Facebook. It involves 3 easy steps:

1. LIKE this post on our Blog and/or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our Win It Wednesday Facebook contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Blog Post/Facebook post by clicking here and answering this question: Which of these styles ooze fun and comfort all in one?

 

Once all Blog/Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you have shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 6 winners (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE Crocs Scrub Outfit of their choice. Click here for a preview.

 

The contest ends Monday 29th September, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Tuesday 30th September, 2014 after 10 am EST on Facebook and our Blog.

 

Important Notes:

•Contestants who have won a Uniform Advantage contest within the last 6 months are not eligible to win.

•Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses due to varying international shipping rates and customs charges (you can enter as an international customer if you have a friend or family member with a U.S. shipping address that we can send your prize to).

•Selected contestants have 3  business days to respond to their “winner’s facebook message” after which point they forfeit their prize to another contestant.

 

Thank you for your participation and to Crocs Retail for sponsoring!

Enter Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US Contest featuring Barco NRG Scrubs…

Uniform Advantage's Uniforms-On-Us Contest - Barco NRG Scrubs giveaway

Who is ready this month to win a complimentary scrub set from Barco NRG Scrubs???

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win in Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US contest!

 

Barco NRG scrubs was designed to give our medical professionals flexibility and fit to move as their body moves. The pace of a healthcare professional is fast and constantly on the go and with Barco’s arcflex™ technology, it incorporates stretch and superior fit. You will get performance, style and functionality all in one package!

 

Enter today and Win a scrub outfit for yourself! 6 lucky winners will get this Barco NRG Scrub Set that includes a scrub top and pants offered on our website for free!

 

Below are the instructions on how to enter the contest on Facebook. It involves 3 easy steps:

1. LIKE this post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our UNIFORMS-ON-US contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Facebook post by answering this fun question: What is your #1 favorite Fall dessert you look forward to eating all year?

 

Once all Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 6 winners (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE Barco NRG Scrub Outfit of their choice. Click here for a preview.

 

The contest ends Friday 19th September, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Monday 22nd September, 2014 after 10 am EST on Facebook and our Blog.

 

Important Notes:

•Contestants who have won a Uniform Advantage contest within the last 6 months are not eligible to win.

•Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses due to varying international shipping rates and customs charges (you can enter as an international customer if you have a friend or family member with a U.S. shipping address that we can send your prize to).

•Selected contestants have 3  business days to respond to their “winner’s facebook message” after which point they forfeit their prize to another contestant.

 

Thank you for your participation and to Barco Uniforms for sponsoring!

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