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?

Will women ever reduce the Glass Escalator effect?

The “glass ceiling,” a term used to describe women’s inability to advance in their career and receive equal pay as men solely because of their gender, has plagued working women for decades. Although we are now living in a society where we are seeing more and more professional, career women, a very large inequality gap still exists. In fact, women currently earn 77% of what a man does for the same job with the same qualifications — a relatively small increase from the 64% that women would earn in 1951 according to infoplease.com. To put it simply, a women earns 77 cents for the same job that a man would do for a dollar.glass

But what about in female-dominated professions, such as teaching and nursing? Do women who work in these professions still experience the salary and career-advancement inequality as other women in different industries do? The answer, alarmingly, is yes. The “glass escalator” describes this phenomenon perfectly: Men who work in female-dominated professions are more likely to advance faster and further in their career, as well as receive higher pay. Many women that work as hard or even harder than men continue to struggle to advance as some men “glide by” on this intangible glass escalator. According to Caren Goldberg, Ph.D., an assistant professor of management who has studied this phenomenon at American University’s Kogod School of Business, “Men that enter female-dominated professions tend to be promoted at faster rates than women in those professions.”

To put some reason behind these staggering facts, many higher-ups and managers feel less inclined to promote women on the basis of career interruptions, such as raising a family. In addition, typical managerial and boss stereotypes typically match the qualities of a stereotypical man, such as assertiveness, which perpetuates this cycle. This societal stereotype that works to the benefit of men continues to place a stigma upon most working women, even those who do not have a spouse or children.

What do you think of the glass escalator? Have you ever experienced job inequality in your workplace?               

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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UA goes Hollywood

Uniform Advantage goes Hollywood…

Uniform Advantage’s print scrub top made a star appearance with Cate Blanchett, Oscar winning actress in the highly acclaimed Blue Jasmine Movie that aired last year in July 2013.

Gorgeous Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for Best Actress in her performance in Blue Jasmine, filmed in August 2012. The budget for the film was $18 million and it grossed around $95 million worldwide.

Cate Blanchett plays the character of Jasmine French, a New York socialite with a wealthy lifestyle. Her marriage and entire life fell apart when her husband’s deceptive business practices came to light. With no one to help her, single and broke, she moves in to live with her estranged sister, Ginger, in San Francisco to get back control of her life. At this point, she is unstable mentally and emotionally and in putting her life back to pieces, she gets a job unwillingly as a receptionist in a dental office.

Her work wardrobe included Uniform Advantage’s Mix It Up Cougar mock wrap scrub top from their Butter-Soft collection. “Mix It Up Cougar” was designed to resemble a cougar’s spots. The style included the side drawstring tie and was 55/45 cotton poly blend. It was part of Uniform Advantage’s Spring/Summer 2012 lineup and featured fashionable shades: coffee bean, cougar and pineapple. The mock wrap scrub top featured a trendy geo print that was the “in” style two years ago and still is today.

Uniform Advantage is constantly designing a wide variety of fresh and stylish printed designs for their exclusive UA Uniform collections, the number one place for scrubs and all of your nursing uniform needs. For more information about these different styles and colors they offer, please visit http://www.UniformAdvantage.com.

Have you seen Blue Jasmine? Have you seen any of our prints in TV Shows or Movies? Let us know, we would love to see!

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Earth Day Tips: Packing a Healthier, Zero Waste Lunch

This is a guest blog by WildMintShop.com

Tuesday, April 22 this year is “Earth Day,” a day when people around the globe get together to bring awareness to environmental issues and promote greater appreciation of the planet. There are thousands of steps, big or small, one can take to help protect our planet, and today we wanted to focus on a topic we know everyone can relate to—food! As busy health professionals, we know it’s probably hard to find time to pack lunch, yet, ordering takeout, eating in the cafeteria, or constantly going out for lunch aren’t necessarily the most cost-effective or healthiest options. That’s why we’re here to help you change up your lunch routine while going green! At Wild Mint, we are dedicated to helping families live healthier, safer, and more earth-friendly lifestyles, so we’ve put together some of our favorite tips to help you pack a healthier, zero waste lunch for work.

There are two main areas you can focus on to help pack a healthier lunch: the food you pack and the containers you use to pack your food.  First, trying to pack whole, fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats, nuts, legumes, and grains are of course better for your health than eating processed foods and those high in saturated fats.  But another thing to remember is that research shows organic foods are higher in nutrients (vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals) and free from many of the toxic pesticides used in regular foods.  To help you shop for organic foods on a budget, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide to see the best foods to try to buy organic.

Now that you’re packing healthier foods, it’s time to consider your food containers. Did you know that chemicals in some items including lunch bags, plastic containers, utensils, plastic baggies, and water bottles can actually leach into your food and drink? These toxic chemicals (including Bisphenol-A or BPA, phthalates and PVC’s, and lead) can have a short or long term effect on people’s health including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, worsening allergy and asthma symptoms, impaired intellect, and some cancers. To help you avoid any potential health consequences from using products made with toxic chemicals, switch to non toxic, reusable lunch-packing gear made from glass, stainless steel, organic cotton, and bamboo.

Packing your lunch in reusable products is also a great way to reduce waste in the environment. According to RecycleWorks.org, a person who uses a disposable lunch creates between 4-8 ounces of garbage everyday, which can add up to as much as 100 pounds per year! That’s a lot of garbage by just one person that is polluting the air and oceans. Additionally, plastics, which are used to make so many disposable lunch gear items, take centuries to decompose and if incinerated in the process, release toxic byproducts into the atmosphere.

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1)      Pack a Reusable Lunch Bag: Look for a reusable lunch bag free from toxic chemicals like lead, PVCs, phth alates, and BPA. If you’re looking for the most eco friendly option, opt for a bag made completely from 100% organic cotton, which is grown without the use of pesticides and has lower environmental impacts than conventional cotton.

2)      Store Healthy Food in Reusable Containers: As discussed, glass, stainless steel, and organic cotton are all toxin-free alternatives to plastic that also promote healthier eating by conscious food preparation. Pack healthy sandwiches, meals, veggie sticks, yogurt, fruit, and more nutritious options in safer glass food storage containers and stainless steel food containers. Replace plastic baggies with reusable sandwich bags and reusable snack bags which will save money in the long run and help reduce waste!

3)      Sustainable Utensils & Napkins: Reusable bamboo utensils are an Eco-friendly alternative to plastics, much lighter then packing silverware, and super cute! With napkins, opt for reusable 100% organic cotton instead of paper napkins that add unnecessary waste to landfills.

4)      Reusable Beverage Bottles: Plastic water bottles, juice boxes, soda cans, and other disposable drinks can contain unhealthy ingredients, toxic chemicals, and of course contribute to waste. Instead, use reusable glass water bottles or stainless steel water bottles filled with water and other healthy beverages. We love Lifefactory water bottles for glass and Klean Kanteen bottles for stainless steel.

We hope these tips have been helpful and informative in learning about toxin-free, earth friendly lunch packing. For some ideas on healthy lunch and snack options visit our Recipe Section and to learn more about healthy, safer living visit our Learn Section.

 

 

 

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Top Tips to Help You in Your Job Search

This is a guest post by UA Brands.

Does the thought of dragging out your old resume and spending hours hunting the job boards seems like a daunting task? If you’re like most nurses, the answer is probably “yes”. Who wouldn’t be tired after spending all day on your feet dealing with patients, emergencies, and trying to find time to eat something in-between?

Here at UA Brands, we are passionate about helping top talented job seekers find the job that fits them perfectly! We know how much better it feels to be working in a job that’s a great fit and in a company that you feel at home.
With that in mind here are some of our top tips that will help you prepare for your job search and help you along the way!

• Make sure that your resume is proofread by a friend or family member who has excellent grammar and spelling skills. Your resume is all about putting the best of you on paper and you want your skills and experience to shine through, not a spelling or grammar mistake!

• Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job you are applying for. Although it can be easy to make a generic resume and apply to hundreds of jobs, take those few minutes and tailor your resume and cover letter to touch on points that were mentioned in the job description. It makes a big difference when we see a candidate has put in the extra effort.

• Do your research beforehand! If you get called in for an interview or a phone interview, do your research on the company! If you really want to wow the interviewer and set yourself apart, do some research on the interviewer. Nowadays, with the internet and LinkedIn, it’s so easy to find information about companies and their employees.

• Speaking of LinkedIn…create a profile! LinkedIn is a key social media site that recruiters often use to find top talent. In 2012 – 92% of US companies stated that they have used social media networks to find potential employees and 73% of US companies have successfully hired a candidate through social media.*

• Prepare your own interview questions about the job, the company and culture, and even about the interviewer themselves. It shows interest and excitement over this position and can give you an edge over other candidates.

• Always say “thanks”! Sending a short note via email to your interviewer and anyone you met, is a great way to keep your name in their minds! Try to send it 2-3 days after the interview. If you don’t hear back after your thank you note, it is appropriate to send a follow-up email after a week.

For more tips and tricks on job searching, interviewing, resume and cover letter help, and all things job search related, please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UABrands we post tips and tricks every week as well as motivational quotes on Mondays, Hump Day Humor on Wednesdays and Friday’s Heroes on Fridays. To find out more about UA Brands and our current open positions, please visit us at http://www.uabrands.com.

We wish you luck on your next job hunt!

*Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruitment Survey Results. http://recruiting.jobvite.com/resources/social-recruiting-reports-and-trends/
Kara Loomis is the Recruiting and Retention Coordinator at UA Brands. She has been with UA Brands for over a year and is passionate about all things related to job searching and hiring. To find out more about UA Brands please go to http://www.uabrands.com. You can follow Kara on Twitter and Instagram at @uabrands.

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5 Ways to Indulge in SPRING Trends!

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Something Floral – Whether it’s a flower in your hair or a floral print top…anything floral is the number one must have trend for this Spring season. The easiest way to incorporate this trend in your day is with the Electric Floral mock wrap scrub top from HeartSoul! The top also has bursts of bright colors like Citrus Blast and Orange Pop! Shop floral scrubs at Uniform Advantage: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/pages/dpt/floral-print-scrubs.asp?navbar=4

2118Spring Eats – Whole Foods Market often features recipes they come up with themselves, and their Fresh Pineapple Salsa will surely get you in the mood for Spring. The colors evoke a sense of happiness and the flavors will have you running for never-ending spoonfuls! Check out the recipe: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/fresh-pineapple-salsa?crlt.pid=camp.bTfloUyQeKpj

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Pretty Pastels – Who said pastels are boring? Not this Spring! Pastels can help you transform your nails to fun and bright. Play around with different designs or just find a classic subdued pink to add a change to your basic nail. Want to be a bit more edgy? Add a bit of bling with a glitter topcoat!

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Funky Kicks – Fun and crazy shoes are in…but that doesn’t mean you have to be in pain. Combine fashion and comfort with Alegria shoes in Flower Power! With the long shifts you do on your feet, you need something that will be there for you! These shoes are slip resistant, encourage proper posture, and are designed with a footbed to form to the natural shape of your feet. Whoa…sounds like a winner! Check out all Alegria shoes at Uniform Advantage: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/pages/dpt/shoes-alegria.asp?navbar=7

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Braid Fever – Do away with the perfect sleeked ponytail, and give in to Braid Fever! Celebrities are also sporting all types of braids from a tight fishtail to a Dutchreverse. This way your hair will be out of your face, yet look like you put some effort into it.