Happy Nursing Assistants Week from Uniform Advantage!

As a Nursing Assistant, you are often expected to do whatever comes your way in a timely and effective fashion. From cleaning up after your patients to making them feel at ease, your wide range of skills helps carry you through a job that demands the utmost in people and medical skills. In times where you are the first person to offer help to a patient in need, your improvisation skills quickly remedy any situation that comes your way. Whether a resident or nurse asks for your help, you know the value of preparedness and tackling your day with clear objectives. With this in mind, here are some tips to make your day run smoothly:

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1) Have a game plan. Although it seems like a burden with your excessively long weeks that often mean working overtime, arriving 15 minutes early to work to plan your day helps you take charge of your responsibilities. These minutes of alone time will provide you the opportunity you need to get ahead and be informed of your duties.

2) Keep a basic work kit handy. If you have pockets or a waist pouch handy, be sure to keep the essentials (such as a pen, permanent marker, tape measure, and extra gloves) on hand in case you need to act quickly.

3) Let the RN know of your progress and if anything out of the ordinary arises. Your superior will appreciate your initiative and genuine care for your patients and profession, making you stand out from your peers.

4) Be cautious when lifting heavy objects and patients. The physical component of your job can be just as demanding as keeping track of your patients’ progress. Remember to use proper body mechanics and lift using your legs, not your back!

5) Smile! Keeping a smile on your face even in moments of pressure and distress is shown to reduce stress and boost your mood into a more positive one – seriously! Psychological research backs this phenomenon up. Your smile will help carry you through the day and uplift your patients in the process!Nursing Assistants Week 2014 v2

Happy Nursing Assistants Week….We appreciate you!

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A Father’s Day Ode to Healthcare Dads

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You’re the first face that patients see.

Care, dedication, and compassion are what you guarantee.

You’re a hero to some, a life-saver to others, and a role model to your little ones.

From sun up till sun down,

On your patients’ faces, there will never be a frown.

Instead of a utility belt and cape, you sport a stethoscope and scrubs…

A sign of a man that is truly loved.

 

When people are at their worst, frightened and scared,

They will always be able to find you there,

by their side as a reassuring, hopeful light.

Taking the worries off their shoulders

With your gentle might.

 

Your healing presence is a comfort to their soul.

With ever-present positivity,

you make your patients whole.

When family and friends are not near,

you never fail to bring cheer.

 

To your patients you give time and attention.

To your kids you give love and affection.

We could not think of a better role model…

We know you go the extra mile just to make your patients smile.

So thank you, dads, for always lending a helping hand.

Don’t change a thing you do,

We will always cherish you.

 

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Enter Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US latest contest featuring Grey’s Anatomy Signature Series Collection…

Grey's Anatomy Signature Series CollectionCalling all Professions who love their scrubs! How would you like to win a free scrub set in one if your favorite brands??

 

Get the scoop on Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US contest featuring Grey’s Anatomy Signature Series Collection!

 

This new collection from Grey’s Anatomy Professional Wear features their super-soft arcLux (TM) stretch fabric that is a combination of poly, rayon and spandex blends. It gives you the best of both worlds: a popular brand you love and all day comfort that you never want to not feel. The tops are available in select styles like Junior Fit V-Neck Tops, Junior Fit Two Pocket Tops, Junior Mock Wrap Tops and Long Sleeve Tees and the pants styles include low rise, mid rise and drawstring pants. You can choose from a wide selection of colors like Cabernet Heather, Indigo Heather, Punch Heather, Hot Tamale Heather, Peridot, Watermelon and Citron just to name a few.

 

Enter today and Win a scrub set for yourself! 5 lucky winners will get this Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature Series in 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 clicking here, Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature Series page and telling us which is your favorite color in the Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature Series.

 

Once all Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 5 winners (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature Series scrub set in the color and style of their choosing!

 

The contest ends Monday 9th June, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Tuesday 10th June, 2014 after 10 am EST on Facebook and our Blog.

 

Eligibility:

•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!

8 Inexpensive Ideas for Nurses on their Days Off…

8 Inexpensive Ideas for Nurses on their Days Off written by Uniform Advantage's Guest Blogger, Katy Katz

 Written by Guest Blogger, Katy Katz

New nurses may find themselves a bit shocked once they hit the professional world. After spending as many as four years studying every waking minute, you finally have some time to yourself again! Even more experienced nurses can get caught up in their routine and forget to take some time to enjoy the small things. It’s normal to feel the need to fill up your extra time and even feel a bit guilty if you don’t.

But it’s important to remember that you deserve a break! You are working hard each day to care for others and earning those days off. Furthermore, it’s a documented fact that taking some time to unwind improves productivity. So sit back, relax and take a look at these suggestions for how to spend your days out of the scrubs.

 

Build your resume

We’re going to wean you off the busy-nurse mindset slowly by starting you off with some ideas that will pass the time but still give you opportunities to gain some valuable experience. These ideas are fun and will look good in future job searches.

1. Volunteer for a charitable organization

Charitable work is a great way to fill a morning off. There are a ton of options from serving food in a soup kitchen, walking dogs at an animal shelter or even committing to long-term program like Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Find something that matches your interests and you will look forward to your days off.

2. Mentor a new nurse or nursing student

Mentees aren’t the only ones who benefit from mentorships. Being a mentor gives a person the opportunity to grow their own leadership skills, network with other nurses and foster talent in an organization.

3. Join a nursing organization

There are several national organizations like the American Nurses Association, as well as regional groups broken down by discipline. Nursing organizations are valuable to join because they coordinate regular networking opportunities as well as options for continuing education.

Get organized

Sometimes it seems that the more hours you spend at work, the more chaotic things can get at home. Take some time to get a plan for your household so that it’s easier to stay organized.

4. Plan meals for the whole month

Take an afternoon to plan out your meals and grocery lists for the month. This will not only help you free up more time for the fun stuff later on, but it will help you stick to healthy choices.

5. Triage your laundry

Put together a laundry organization system so that you can complete that tedious chore with ease. Use your nursing triage skills to create bins that make sense for you: delicate & regular, or whites, lights and dark colors.

Leave your cares behind, you deserve it!

You can’t spend every single day being productive, however, or you’re going to get burned out. For ideas that offer a little bit more distance from “work-like” activities, look no further.

6. Read a book

It can be tempting to turn on the latest reality TV show if you are spending a day at home, but try something different and head over to the library instead. You know you will get into the book as soon as you start reading it and studies show books are much more effective at improving your mood and relieving stress.

7. Visit a new place in your city

You don’t have to take a 4-day trip to the Bahamas to feel like you’re escaping reality a little (although that is always nice too). Try visiting a local park for a picnic or taking a stroll around a lake. Maybe there is a festival a few hours away that you have never been to. Today is the day to try it.

8. Splurge a little at the spa

Nurses spend a lot of time on their feet. If you can’t afford a full-blown day at the spa, make an appointment for a pedicure at a local salon. Even pedicures include a small foot massage and your feet will thank you for taking 30 minutes to show that you still love them when you’re working the next 12 hour shift.

About the Author: Katy Katz is a content creator for Collegis Education. She enjoys writing education and career focused articles to help individuals find their place in the work force. She also regularly contributes to a nursing career blog at Rasmussen College. Connect with Katy on Twitter and Google+.

 

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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5 Quick and Easy Red, White & Blue Treats!

Memorial Day is the day that we remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though we’ve been celebrating Memorial Day for almost 150 years in this country, the spirit of the holiday remains the same even today. However, the way in which we celebrate has certainly changed over the years. Where it began a sad, mourning holiday, it has grown into a celebration of life, a time to be with our loved ones and honor those lost.

Everyone is talking about their Memorial Day plans to vacation, bbq, or just relax. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to take time off from being a superhero, like so many of you in the healthcare industry! Just because you may have to work, doesn’t mean you can’t still partake in Memorial Day cravings. For those with crazy hours or barely enough time to each lunch, take some quick snacks for you and your work family to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with some red, white & blue themed treats.

Here is a list of 5 Quick and Easy ones that will get you started:

  1. I pledge allegiance to the flag – All you need is a platter, grab some Blueberries, yogurt pretzels and cut up strawberries and be the center of attention with this delightful, healthy, and Memorial Day themed treat for your entire floor!
  1. Dip baby dip – Dip the most delicious berry in melted milk, dark, or white chocolate and toss on star shaped sprinkles. However, you don’t have to get fancy…even if you put chocolate on the side with a container of sprinkles and strawberries, it would still be a hit!
  1. Mocktails are better than cocktails – We know this is for work, so it can’t be a true cocktail…but flavored juices, whether freshly made or not, can cool you down when your shift gets too much to handle. Make up some fun names or use red, white and blue cups!
  1. The rockets’ red glare – Pack up some twizzlers that look like rockets and lay them out in grabbing reach…add some black licorice pieces to give it a kick!
  1. Bright stars thru the perilous fight – If you want to stick with some of the healthier choices, this easy cut-out technique will leave everyone in awe. Try using a star cookie cutter with all types of fruit like pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon…etc! This is also is a great way to get your kids to eat fruits!

 

Hopefully, some of these will inspire your own creations. You can’t bring in red, white & blue themed treats without dressing the part! Make sure you sport your red, white & blue Uniform Advantage scrubs, or some of our fun holiday prints.

We would love to see some of your red, white & blue creations! Send us pictures, links, recipes…whatever you have, we’d love to see it and share it.

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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…

 

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