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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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:
- Stethoscope: This item is a nursing essential! Have this on you at all times.
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- Scissors: Storing these safely in a scrub pocket will come in handy for the moments that you have to cut a patient’s bandages.
- Hemostat/forceps: Another nursing essential!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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
- 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!
Summer 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.
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.
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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:
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!
Happy Nursing Assistants Week….We appreciate you!
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