What Not to Wear: Scrubs Edition

You’ve heard the classic, “First impressions are lasting impressions,” saying before. As much as this statement might inspire a “well duh!” reaction from some people, many often forget how much this rings true – especially in a medical office. Typically, most people go off of another’s appearance for their first impression before they have even had a chance to open their mouth. When your patients’ lives quite literally lie in your hands, it is crucial to exude confidence, competence, and professionalism to them so they will readily trust you. Start off your interactions on the right foot with our tips on how to create a professional, clean-cut look.

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  • Make sure that your undergarments are not showing through your scrubs. Even if you have the body of a Victoria’s Secret Angel or Fabio himself, nobody wants to see what your situation is underneath your scrubs. In an environment where cleanliness and a well-polished look is valued, be sure to: 1) Buy scrubs that flatter your body (not too tight or not to baggy!). 2) Wear light colored underwear (shades of nude) when you are sporting lighter-colored scrubs. 3) Ensure that your pants fit properly so the infamous “whale tail” won’t pop out of the top of your pants. Pick out the best, most flattering scrubs for your body type with the help of our “How to Dress for Your Body Type” infographic!
  • Iron your scrubs or hang them up after washing/drying them. Unless you want to go for the hobo-chic look, it’s best if you make sure that your scrubs don’t have sloppy creases and folds after you’re done washing them. Even if your scrubs fit well and are very clean, the wrinkly look definitely does not create a good impression. Show your scrubs some love and hang them up! Or if you really love your scrubs, treat them right with a session on the ironing board.
  • Don’t stain your reputation! Life as a medical practitioner is not exactly on the clean side…Who knows what bodily fluids/parts could wind up on your trendy scrubs on any given work day? Unfortunately, stains are not like battle scars, and will not give you a reputation as a hardcore veteran in the work place. To put it nicely, it will just gross everyone out. So make sure to treat your scrubs the second you get home! There are cleaners out there that will rid you of the most horrific stains. Check out our stain removal infographic to show you how to get out pesky, commonplace stains with simple steps!

Stain Removal Tips for Medical Scrubs

  • Keep your nails nice and trimmed! Your patients are already getting poked and prodded with needles…enough is enough! Keep a pair of clippers on deck to maintain a short, well-manicured nail length. Your patients and your un-broken nails will thank you!
  • Tuck back your luscious locks. You may have the hair of the models featured on Pantene Pro-V commercials, but as a medical professional, it’s best if you keep your hair out of your face and out of the faces of your patients – as well as other questionable things your hair may wind up in.Nurses should pin up their hair when working

What are some things you find important when dressing up for the job? We’d love to hear your experiences about what you have seen at your workplace!

 

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Firework Safety 101

It’s that time of year again. Just when you think that summer is coming to a quiet lull of relaxation, the 4th of July is here to wake you up with some good ole American patriotism.  What blowing stuff up has to do with our country’s independence is yet to be determined, but if that’s “American tradition” then who are we to argue?? So put on your blue jeans (that still fit, fingers crossed) and your tackiest American flag shirt to ensure you are brightest star this country has to offer.4th of of July fireworks around the Statue of Liberty

Though we are a young country, we are a great one. This holiday commemorates July 4th, 1776: the day a collection of our brave, founding fathers signed The Declaration of Independence, thereby severing the colonies from English control. Perfectly embodying the free American spirit, the Declaration of Independence has set the tone for the rest of our country’s history and development.

With all this holiday-hullabaloo, most people lose sight of one of the truest American virtues: safety.

Just do the exact opposite of these following tips and we guarantee that you will have your most show-stopping 4th of July yet!

  1. Hold the fireworks close to your face as you light them so you can get an inside look at how they work!
  2. Make sure to light fireworks close to your small dog so they know where the noise is coming from and won’t be scared!
  3. Want an authentic 4th of July? Have a large crowd stand nearby the firework launch site so they can get the true patriotic feel that our founding fathers experienced under gunfire in the Revolutionary War.
  4. Want to be the star of the show? Wear the most flammable clothing possible to really sparkle!
  5. Consume heavy mayonnaise-based potato salad and at least 10 hotdogs to feel full and satisfied for the long journey of standing and lighting fireworks that awaits you. Who cares if your full belly renders you completely useless in the event that you must run away from a stray firework?
  6. Show your kids how much you trust them by letting them light the fireworks; they’ve going to have to grow up some time!
  7. Tired of spending big bucks on fireworks but still want the pizazz of a big show? Try DIY fireworks! This new trend will put your craftiness to the test!
  8. Be sure to douse your fireworks in quality gasoline to avoid any disappointment from possible duds.

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All jokes aside, we wish that you have a happy and safe 4th of July. Though fireworks definitely contribute to the holiday spirit, please be sure to exercise caution if you are lighting them or are nearby someone else who is.

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!

Enter Uniform Advantage’s Feel Good Friday’s contest featuring Cookies by Design Cookie Bouquets…

Uniform Advantage's Feel Good Friday Contest sponsored by Cookies by DesignUniform Advantage (UA) is ready to close June with a bang and we decided to do things a little differently! Who wants to win a prize that looks like a scrub top but tastes like a cookie? Get ready for this sweet surprise from your one and only Scrubs Company!

Get the latest on UA’s Feel Good Friday contest featuring Cookies by Design Cookie Bouquets! Can someone say delish?Indulge yourself in their mouth-watering, addictive and freshly baked, hand-decorated cinnamon brown sugar bears and fall in LOVE with their cookies that taste as good as they look…

About Cookies by DesignCookiesbyDesign partners with Uniform Advantage for their Feel Good Friday contest

For over 30 years and with over 80 locations nationwide, Cookies by Design has been helping their customers send gourmet cookie gifts that say they care. They are a female run company and part of the Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Their range of services include creatively designed edible custom cookie arrangements, gift baskets, cookie cakes, gourmet cookies and cookie trays, filled with delicious hand decorated goodness! Their cookie bouquets can also be customized for any occasion and personalized with a name or a special message. Their Corporate Gifting Department caters to every customer’s cookie needs and designs unique gifts for their client’s Marketing efforts, Tradeshows/Conferences, HR efforts through Recruiting/Training/New Hires/Employee Appreciations, Identity/Brand Launches, Thank you, Celebrations and more. They can be reached at cookiesbydesign.com or contacted at 855-Cookies to speak with a cookie specialist.

Contest Details

Enter today and Win this freshly baked 7-cookie bouquet right to your doorstep! 5 lucky winners will get this lip-smacking treat 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 FEEL GOOD FRIDAY contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Facebook post by answering this question: What is making you feel good this Friday?

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 this COMPLIMENTARY Cookie Bouquet from us!

The contest ends Monday 30th June, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Tuesday 1st July, 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 Cookies by Design, thank you for sponsoring these amazing cookie bouquets for our winners and partnering with us!

 

 

120 Summer Days to Take Advantage of!

120 Summer Days Tips for Medical Professionals to Take Advantage OfSummer is officially here! Now that the polar vortex is long gone, get ready to lather up some sunscreen and get outside! With significantly longer days during the summer months, soak up the sun and take full advantage of your days off! Whether you choose to go on a walk around the local park or have a beach-day getaway, the possibilities for summer fun are endless. Here are some tips from the Uniform Advantage Family on how they plan on spending their summer vacation.

Take a beach vacation: For some, fortunately a beach is just a reasonable drive away! Grab your friends or family, and bring some delicious snacks and set up your umbrellas at a nearby beach. Whether you choose to get some R&R and read a book or take a walk on the wild side with a banana boat tour, your quick summer escape will leave you feeling light-hearted and at ease.

Treat yourself to a vacation! “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine. Medical professionals, we know that you work extremely hard. Reward yourself for your dedication to your job with a vacation or stay-cation! Visit your favorite vacation destination or step outside of your comfort zone and experience new places with delicious cuisine, landmarks, and fun activities. Expanding your horizons and world-view is only a plane ticket or road trip away.

Run a 5k! Although running for fun is a foreign concept to most people, doing a 5k is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy summer’s beautiful days while setting a goal that will improve your health. Enroll in a 5k run with a friend to make training and the big day packed with fun! Many of these runs support nonprofit organizations and help fundraise to raise awareness so you are doing yourself and others a service by being active.120 Summer Days Tips for Medical Professionals to Take Advantage Of

Revamp your wardrobe! Updating your wardrobe gives you a cleansing, “new you” feeling that is perfect for the start of summer. Complement nature’s vibrant summer shades with a bright wardrobe of your own. Stay cool and look stylish with a simple, floral-patterned sundress. Or mix it up with a bold color-blocked wardrobe featuring bright shades, such as yellow and navy. Keep your eyes protected with a trendy pair of sunglasses. Popular sunglass styles this summer include cat-eye, mirrored, round, and retro looks! Tie your look together with a statement bag that tells everyone that you’re ready to hit the runway! To add some color into your professional wear, check out Uniform Advantage’s Hot Summer Sale! From prints boasting a wide array of colors to solid tops showcasing summer’s hottest colors, our selection is sure to wow you! So show off your true colors this summer and bring fashionable trends to your workplace!

As always, thanks for shopping at UA! We hope this first weekend of summer is a memorable one for you.

What are your favorite summer colors for scrub tops? Leave a comment below!

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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!

Treat yourself to your favorite brands with our Hot Summer Sale  at prices up to 50% off!

A Father’s Day Ode to Healthcare Dads

Nurse Dad Poem

 

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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