Uniform Advantage partners with I Care I Cure to continue the fight against childhood cancer for the 3rd Year

UNIFORM ADVANTAGE PARTNERS WITH I CARE I CURE   TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER FOR THE 3RD YEARThere are over 200 different types of cancer that exists today of which childhood cancer is one of the least funded cancers and makes up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed yearly.

According to I Care I Cure’s site, cancer is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 15 in the US. Every year, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents under the age of 19 are diagnosed (36 a day) and about 4,000 die from it yearly. That means 11 children die from cancer related complications on a daily basis!!! Whilst there have been major treatment advances in the last few decades, at least 80% of children has a greater survival rate of 5 years or more, 20% more than reported in the 1970s. There’s still a lot to be done and Uniform Advantage (UA) wants to play their part in helping increase awareness as much as possible so that funding and resources can be increased substantially. For more childhood cancer facts, please click here.

The type of cancers that develop in children are different than that of adults and once diagnosed, needs caring for the rest of their lives. Whilst children can handle chemotherapy better than adults, it can cause long-term effects that need an attentive follow-up. That includes the services of specific specialists such as surgeons, pediatric oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, radiation oncologists, pathologists, psychologists, child life specialists, nutritionists, social workers, physical and rehabilitation therapists and educators. Childhood cancer involves a complex system of comprehensive care and support that not only caters to our child patients but the entire family as well.

Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly underfunded. In the past 20 years, only two drugs have been developed to treat childhood cancer. Only 4% of Federal funding goes toward all childhood cancer research, while 96% is designated for the variations of adult cancers. Therefore, at the current time, private funding is critical for research and development of treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

Being a provider of medical scrubs and nursing uniforms, the healthcare industry is close to our hearts and what affects our medical professionals, also affects us. Our customers big-heartedly support our charitable causes with South Florida and national charitable organizations. This Fall 2014, we joined forces with I Care I Cure for the third year and is donating $1 from the sale of each Purple Ribbon White scrub prints to help join the war against childhood cancer and contributing over $2,500.00.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage has continued to support and donated $1 from the sale of each “Purple Ribbon White” print scrub top and jacket contributing over $2,500.

About I Care I Cure

The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) 3 dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cutting edge research for gentler and targeted cures for childhood cancer.  Founded in 2007 by the Besner Family in memory of their son Ian, who passed away from complications stemming from his treatment for Leukemia, I Care I Cure raises funds for research through fundraising events, such as their Celebrity Chef Culinary & Wine Experience on Oct. 26, 2014, at Miami Marlins Park and the I Care I Cure I Run 5K, 1 Mile Run of Color Fun and Family Fun Day on March 8, 2015.  Funds are also raised by general donations or gifts in honor or in memory of loved ones, as well as third party fundraising efforts and service projects.   I Care I Cure has funded over $1Million to research grants. For information on I Care I Cure, events, volunteering or becoming involved, please visit our website at www.icareicure.org.

I Care I Cure’s Initiatives

Kids Services Clubs

I Care I Cure started this to help involve students at a young age to become aware and to provide greater exposure in the communities they operate in. The I Care I Cure kids are young, reliable volunteers and help whenever help calls.  The I Care I Cure Service Clubs allows students to select community service projects that help children living or dealing with cancer as well as other projects that are a priority for their communities such as street clean-ups or working in a homeless shelter.  In addition, these clubs provide an avenue for young adults to build their leadership skills.

Teen Projects

In addition to kids getting involved, teens also have the opportunity to play an important role in making a difference in children’s lives and their families affected by childhood cancer. The I Care I Cure foundation is planning several projects to get them into action like earning community service hours by conducting unique “fun”-draisers for I Care I Cure, developing High School Service Club Chapters, volunteering for the I Care I Cure home office in South Florida, and volunteering for local I Care I Cure chapters and events in their communities. One of the programs already implemented is the Mitzvah Matters Program which recognizes teens who are approaching their bar and bat mitzvahs to do mitzvoth or “good deeds.”

 We welcome your support and let’s be a game changer for childhood cancer together!

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?

How to choose your Nursing Uniforms using Uniform Advantage’s Body Shape Guide

When you shop for yourself, what is the first thing you think about? Size? Color? Fit? Style? Trendy or Passé? Do you do the same when selecting your nursing uniforms or do you have to switch your brain because it is work related? In anything related to clothing, there are two important things you must consider: Your body’s measurements and your body type.

Hubert Givenchy said it well, “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”

Even though you are looking for medical scrubs for work, you still want to look great and present a confident image. Nurses wear their scrubs a lot more than their personal clothing so in getting to know their body well, they will start becoming more aware of their curves and angles and lines. When choosing the right nursing uniform, there is a wide variety for you to choose from: scrub tops, scrub pants and skirts down to nursing shoes and accessories. You can outfit yourself with mock wrap tops if you are an Hourglass shape, V-neck, side stretch panel tops if you are a Pear shape, boot cut or flared scrub pants if you are an Apple shape, wide leg pants or flared skirts if you are an Inverted Triangle shape and lastly, ruffles or ruching if you are a Rectangle shape. Accentuate your features with the right fit and your choices will naturally complement your personality and style. Happy Shopping!

 

 knowing your body type

Fall 2011 Now Available Online!

WHEW! These past 7 days have felt like forever and we are so excited to finally announce our Fall 2011 Collection!

I know many of you are still in Summer mode, but here at UA we are dreaming about pumpkin pie and fall foliage. Our team worked hard this season to bring you the best fall collection around.

We are introducing two new exciting brands, Wink Scrubs and Mary Englebreit, along with new and exciting styles  from the brands you love including: Koi Scrubs, Cherokee Scrubs, Landau, UA Scrubs, Healing Hands, and Grey’s Anatomy to name a few.

So because we want to make this super official, here it is:

The Fall 2011 Countdown is officially over and our New Line of Fall 2011 Scrubs is NOW AVAILABLE online!

Whew again! That felt great…

~ Hannah

Give the Gift of Scrubs!

Are you stuck trying to find the right gift for those “exciting” holiday exchanges at work? Or is the thought of waiting in dreadfully long lines just not what you signed up for. We know how difficult it can be trying to find the right gift for your friend or loved one. So what are you waiting for? Shop for what you need from the comfort of your home. Our online store is open 24/7 for your convenience.

Are you shopping for a nurse or a nursing student? Is your gift for a dental hygienist, or a veterinary professional? No matter what you need, we have it for here at Uniform Advantage. What better way to express your love and appreciation for them than with something that they will wear every day – a brand new set of medical scrubs.
We have great deals on holiday scrubs marked down from $9.99! But do not let the price fool you. These are high quality, professionally made scrubs, crafted for durability as well as comfort all day. But that is not all we have for gift ideas.

http://www.uniformadvantage.com/img/products/400x480/H400CLAS.jpg

UA Womens Scotty Holiday Pink Print Scrub Jacket

We also have bargain deals on top name brand medical shoes, medical accessories like Littmann Stethoscopes, tote bags, stuffed plushy bears, and watches.

Medical Shoes & Accessories
Medical Shoes & Accessories

And do not forget that we also have a great selection of professional medical lab coats. With all of the options here, we know that it may be a challenge to find something unique to give; so why not pick up a Gift Certificate to our Online Store at Uniform Advantage and let them stop by and shop for what they want.

Whichever way you want it, a special deal or a gift certificate, we know that shopping for your holiday gifts here at Uniform Advantage will be the perfect place to let them know you care.

Hot Deals for the Holidays

For a full line of UAScrubs & Brand Name scrubs, including medical shoes & accessories, please visit Uniform Advantage.

Caring for your New Medical Scrubs

Tired of your scrubs fading and just looking dingy? It may be the type of scrubs you are buying or it may be the style in which you are washing them. To ensure a great fit and long lasting uniform, we recommend that you be selective in the quality of the fabrics as well as the style in which you launder them, so your medical scrubs last as long as possible.

We recommend that you invest your money in some high quality medical uniforms, like UA Scrubs, Butter Soft Scrubs, Landau Scrubs, Cherokee Uniforms, or Dickies Medical Scrubs. Not only are they more comfortable and stylish, but are made with some of the best fabrics in the marketplace today.

Washing your Nursing Uniforms:

Washing with care is the key to long lasting garments, so it is not recommended to use harsh or cheap detergents, because the fabric may not hold up over time. It is best to use a good quality detergent to clean your medical uniforms. It is also recommended to wash them separately from regular laundry to keep the spreading of germs to your non work clothes down to a minimum.

Rinsing your scrubs in cold is recommended to loosen any large deposits of material such as dirt, blood, or anything else that may linger in the wash cycle and make a mess of the water. Once you are finished rinsing, the garments should be then washed in hot water for about 10 minutes or so to kill bacteria as well as micro organisms. After washing, tumble dry your clothes to kill off additional germs.

If your medical uniform has an odor, simply use some vinegar. I would say ¼ to ½ cup is fine. And it is safe for the fabric. You can even use a color brightener or white wash to bring back the brilliance of the fabric, but do not use bleach because products with bleach may damage your fabric over time.

A warning here: High heat in washing and tumble drying will help to sanitize your hospital uniforms, but may also cause fading, shrinkage, and fabric loss over time. Some folks have opted to wash their medical scrubs in cold water and line dry. The choice is up to you and only you can determine what germs you may have come in contact with. Happy washing!

Your comments are important to us, so please let us know of any secrets you have come across to get your medical scrubs clean, bright, and germ free. We look forward to posting your comments.

For a great selection of nursing uniforms and accessories, please visit Uniform Advantage.

Nursing Fashion – Through Away the Whites!

It used to be that a nurse had but one simple color & style of nursing uniforms to wear…white. Well, that was a long time ago and boy have things changed. The choices today in medical scrubs, nursing uniforms, and scrub tops are incredible.

Nurses today can wear many colors & styles of medical scrubs. From the fun seasonal prints to the fashionable bold colors, nursing uniforms offer the practitioner the freedom to be expressive, yet professional. It does not matter anymore about what size or shape you are, or if you are old or young, because medical scrubs come in such a variety these days.

For example, scrub pants today are made with elastic waists, or drawstrings that are cut to fit either high or low rise as well as offer pant legs in classic, boot, or flare cuts. They come in many colors. scrub tops come in many styles and varieties too like V-neck, round neck, button down, mock wrap, scrub jackets, and more. Whatever the fashion, there is a scrub pant or scrub top that will fit your personality.

So with all the changes in nursing scrubs these days, which ones do you choose? Well, it all depends on your own personal style and the environment you work in right? I mean, take for example theme tops. There are scrub tops nowadays that offer nurses the ability to select themes like animal scrub tops. Examples of these would be owls, skunks, butterflies, puppies, bunnies, penguins, and more. There are also print scrub tops that are made for the holidays. Holiday print scrubs examples would be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, and others. There are also seasonal scrub tops for spring, winter, fall, and summer.

The styles and varieties, it seems, are endless. So now you may ask…So what about comfort? Well, all I can say is that these are not your mother’s white Nursing Uniforms. Today’s fashions in medical scrubs are crafted using some of the best quality fabrics you can find. From butter soft Poly/Cotton blends to 100% cotton, you are going to find the choices out there in nursing uniforms will look and feel great on you.

So there you have it. Big fashion awaits your nursing career. Just remember, that what should be most important for you is to find medical scrubs in the style and look you like and that it fits the environment you work in. The choices are endless.

We want to hear from you, so please take a moment and comment on this post. If there is a topic that you would like us to write about, or if you want to submit your own article, please use the comments box below.

For a great selection of fashion forward medical scrubs in bold colors and unique fun designs, please visit Uniform Advantage.