2014 Holiday gift ideas for medical professionals

Gift Ideas for your Favorite Healthcare Professional

With the holidays approaching quickly, we thought we’d help out with some gift ideas for the medical and veterinary professionals in your life – family, friends, a special nurse, your dentist, vet tech, favorite doctor, physical therapist or any other medical professional you want to acknowledge with a special gift. We’ve come up with some that are unexpected, some medical themed and fun and some that are practical.

The Unexpected:

  • A spa day or treatment – everyone loves a little pampering. Even the guys would love a massage.
  • A “date night” – plan a special night for just the two of you. Whether you cook for that special person or take them out to a favorite restaurant or plan some other activity you know they enjoy. Plan all the details and make all the arrangements….
  • Coupons – they can be for anything – a spa treatment, a week of doing the dishes, groceries or gas for the week, a special meal you know they love
  • A weekend away – even if it’s a “staycation” where you stay in a local hotel and see the sights in your town
  • Books – reading is a source of relaxation for many people. Find out their favorite author and see if they have a website where you can order an autographed copy of their books.
  • Flowers – there are beautiful holiday arrangements at your local florist.
  • “SURPRISE” – most people love surprises – use your imagination and plan something unforgettable!

The Medical Themed and Fun:

We found these on a Pinterest Board titled Medical Crafts and Gifts.

  • Syringe shaped USB cords
  • Band-aid shaped business cards
  • Syringe pens
  • Medical themed iPhone covers
  • EMS Monopoly
  • Hand-painted medical themed martini glass

The Practical – these items are all top sellers available on our website. Enter the Style # in the Search field at the top of our website and Voila!

  • 3M™ Littman® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #CLASSC2 available in Black, Burgundy, Ceil Blue, Navy, Pearl Pink and Raspberry
  • 3M™ Littman® Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #LTWGHT2 available in Lilac, Black, Burgundy, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue and Seafoam
  • Zensah Unisex Compression Leg Sleeves – Style #ZE6055 available in Electric Purple, Aqua, Magenta, Navy, Beige, Black and Pink in Sizes XS/S, S/M L/XL
  • 3M™ Littman® Cardiology III Stethoscope – Style #CARDIO3 available in Black, Hunter, Navy and Plum
  • Nurse Mates Women’s Compression Trouser Socks – Style #LO883 available in Pink, Ceil Blue, White and Black
  • Prestige Basic Fingertip Pulse Oximeter – Style #PR456 available in Purple, Hot Pink and Black
  • Nurse Mates “Medical Compression” 15-20 mmHg Full Support Pantyhose – Style #881610 available in Nearly Nude and White in sizes A- EE
  • 3M™ Littman® Select Stethoscope – Style #SELECT available in Peach, Pine, Purple, Raspberry, Royal, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue, Black, Burgundy and Ocean Blue
  • Prestige Clinical I Stethoscope – Style #CLINICAL available in Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Black, Navy, Purple and Stealth
  • Nurse Mates 15-20 mmHg Medical Compression Knee Highs – Style #LO8816 available in Black, Nude and White in Sizes A/B, C/D
  • Nurse Mates “Why Nurses Rock” Scoop Tote Bag – Style #LO914WNR
  • Nurse Mates Black Floral Lunch Cooler – Style #LO9284BF

No Time? No Ideas? No Problem! A Uniform Advantage Gift Card is always a great and welcome choice!

Happy Shopping! If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to help you!

November, Movember – raising Men’s Health Awareness one mustache at a time….

November, Movember - raising Men’s Health Awareness one mustache at a time....

Welcome to fall, where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping and mustaches are….. growing?? That’s right!

November is now Movember or, “No-Shave November” as we used to call it; a whole month dedicated to, you guessed it, MUSTACHES! Well, not quite. The Movember Movement was created to bring awareness to men’s health issues including: prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. This awesome movement is led by The Movember Foundation: a leading global organization dedicated to changing the face of men’s heath.

So you want to take part?

Here’s how it works:

Mo Bros (men who support Movember) first register on The Movember Foundation’s page. They then start off the month of November clean-shaven, and continue to grow and maintain their mustache for the entire month of November while raising money for a great cause.

Ladies, you can take part as well. Mo Sistas (women who support Movember) are encouraged to get involved by registering, creating or joining a team, raising funds and talking to the men in their lives about men’s health.

In addition to growing a spectacular Connoisseur mustache, men (and women too!) in the medical field can sport the I Mustache You Sesame Street Unisex Scrub Top by Cherokee Uniforms all month long.

Cherokee Tooniforms I Mustache You Unisex Print Scrub Top, Style #  CK6876SM

Why is Movember so important?

Bringing awareness about men’s health issues is the first step to prevention. What the Movember Movement is trying to accomplish is sparking the conversation about the these important issues men are facing today. Below are a few facts you should know.

  • 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer, and approximately 28,000 men will die from the disease this year.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15-35.
  • According to the CDC, heart disease and cancer are two of the leading causes of death in US.
  • 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem in a given year.
  • More than 4 times as many men as women die by suicide in the US.
  • In 2010 a total of 38,364 Americans died be suicide. 79% of which were men.
  • The average life expectancy is nearly 5 years less than women

Needless to say, there are ample reasons why The Movember Foundation is taking action towards spreading men’s health awareness, and you should too!

What can you do?

One of the main reasons the state of men’s health is so poor, is because of the lack of awareness and understanding. In addition, research shows men are 24% less likely to visit a doctor than women. Here are a few tips to get our guys on the right path.

  • Talk about it! – Use this information as a conversation starter with your family and friends. Ladies, talk to the important men in your lives; encourage them to talk about their health.
  • Schedule annual exams - Getting the regular screenings you need can SAVE YOUR LIFE! This is also the perfect time to talk to your doctor and discuss more ways to lower your risk for health issues.
  • Eat well - Incorporating a healthy diet is key to improving your well-being. You can start by making small changes to your eating habits like choosing a piece of fruit over a bag chips.
  • Get Moving - Adding physical activity to your daily/weekly routine is paramount to strengthening muscles and bones. Physical activity helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack, stroke and certain types of cancer. It can also help to reduce symptom of depression and anxiety. Try to get at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity a week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides great ideas on how to get active on their Healthy Living Page.
  • Stay informed ­- Knowledge is power. Knowing how to prevent and treat the men’s health issues can greatly improve the state of men’s health worldwide. The Men’s Health Network is an excellent place to keep up with the latest information about men’s health. If you visit the U.S. Department of Health’s website, you can find valuable resources to get you on the way to a healthier you.

Show us your ‘stache!

We’d love to see how you are spreading men’s health awareness. Please share our blog on your Facebook,  Twitter,  Pinterest pages and tag us on Instagram “#uascrubs” and “#movember”!

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in Kids

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in KidsAccording to Action for Healthy Kids, one in three kids is overweight or obese – putting them at risk for diabetes and other serious health issues. If this trend continues, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

WOW!!

This is a very scary statistic and it really reflects our culture and society in the last 10 years. Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs and less time is being spent with their kids. As a result, they do not play outside enough or are less involved in extracurricular activities and the pace that technology and electronics have advanced, they are now consumed with these instead.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but children, teens or young adults are diagnosed more than adults by this condition. The body makes little or no insulin and daily injections of insulin are required.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Diabetes Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,500.00 to help fight against Diabetes in kids.

Uniform Advantage has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids for Fall 2014 and donated $1 from the sale of each “Diabetes Awareness White” print scrub top and jacket towards the fight against diabetes.

 

About Action for Healthy Kids

Founded in 2002 by former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In 2013, AFHK programs impacted more than 29,000 schools and 12.9 million children. AFHK’s work is augmented by 80,000+ dedicated volunteers and champions, collaboration with a national partner coalition of more than 90 organizations, and in-depth knowledge of producing transformative change to make Every Kid Healthy™.

Game On

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On” program is designed to challenge America’s schools, their staff, students and families to make a daily choice of including healthy food choices in their diet and physical activities. Why? Because healthy kids learn better. AFHK’s signature school wellness program, Game On equips schools with the resources and information to earn healthy-school certification through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognition program.

A detailed evaluation of the Game On program revealed that:

  • 84% of students reported increasing their physical activity levels before school
  • 88% of students reported increasing their physical activity after school
  • Kids demonstrated that they knew what foods to eat and made better food choices at home and at school
  • 95% of schools made changes to their wellness practices as a result of Game On

 

Uniform Advantage is excited to make a difference and help energize tomorrow’s leaders! Let’s help reinforce to our kids on a daily basis to make better choices so they will live to build a better future!

 

Who’s is ready to win a Pink 3M™ Littmann® Classic II Pink Ribbon Stethoscope??

3M Littmann Classic II Pink Ribbon Stethoscope found on uniformadvantage.comHere’s how you can enter for a chance to win a 3M™ Littmann® Classic II Pink Ribbon Stethoscope courtesy of Uniform Advantage’s Win It Wednesday contest! 

This medical instrument is stunning to look at! It is pink, has a two-sided chestpiece and offers high acoustic sensitivity for superior performance. A tunable diaphragm on one side augments the traditional bell function of the opposite side. It includes soft sealing eartips and is approximately 28″ in length. What is even better is that Littmann will donate $5 from the sale of this stethoscope offered on our site to the American Cancer Society to help raise funds for Breast Cancer  but today, 1 lucky winner will win it for free!

 

Below are the instructions on how to enter the contest on Facebook. It involves 3 easy steps:

1. LIKE this post on our Blog and/or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our Win It Wednesday Facebook contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Blog Post/Facebook post by answering this timely question: What is your greatest accomplishment so far in your career?

 

Once all Blog/Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you have shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 1 winner (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE 3M™ Littmann® Classic II Pink Ribbon Stethoscope. Click here for a preview.

 

This contest is for one day only and will end tomorrow, Thursday 30th October by 1pm EST and we will announce the winners the same day on Facebook and our Blog.

 

Important Notes:

•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!

Happy Respiratory Care Week 2014 from Uniform Advantage!

Respiratory Therapist Official SymbolRespiratory Care week officially began on October 19th and is ending on October 25th.

U.S. News & World Report reported that Respiratory Therapists are ranked as the 20th Best Health Care Job and 32nd in the 100 Best Jobs. Respiratory Therapists’ roles are not popularly known and are often considered as a nurse.

According to The University of Kansas Medical Center, “The respiratory therapist (RT) treats people with disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, cardiovascular disorders, and trauma. In the hospital setting, the respiratory therapist provides care and life support to patients in the emergency room, intensive care units, general hospital areas, the pulmonary diagnostics laboratory and other specialty areas such as rehabilitation. While on the job, the RT will diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods. They will interview patients, perform chest exams and analyze tissue specimens. Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own is also a primary responsibility of these professionals. The respiratory therapist may play a prominent role in responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care in the emergency room. Students with strong math skills are best prepared to succeed in respiratory care. Work in this field involves working with patients and other clinicians; it’s definitely not a “desk job” and not “behind the scenes” in a laboratory environment. Respiratory therapists use high-tech equipment and the latest medical techniques to help patients in a variety of situations.”
Respiratory Therapist treating a patient at Driscoll Children's HopsitalWe discovered 5 great things about RTs from Science Buddies:

  1. Help a premature baby draw his or her first breaths.
  2. Remove mucus from a cystic fibrosis patient’s lungs to allow easier breathing.
  3. Use a ventilator to keep a critically ill patient alive during a med-flight.
  4. Teach a child how to manage his or her asthma.
  5. They are our breathing specialists and provide a critical role in helping us with any cardiopulmonary problems.

 Have an Awesome week and Thank You for taking care of us!

Respiratory Therapist Rocks

I just found out I am diagnosed with Breast or Ovarian Cancer…Where do I begin?

Breast Cancer Resources found on blog.uniformadvantage.comBeing diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming and emotional! Oh my Gosh…I am going to lose one or both of my breasts or some part of my body! Where do I go from here?? According to the World Health Organization’s Media Centre updated February 2014, cancers in general is among the leading causes of deaths worldwide and Breast, Lung, Liver, Stomach and Colorectal cancers cause the most deaths yearly.

We found and reviewed two innovative sites that offer so much love in what they have to offer. They embrace you as part of their family and provide a wealth of information, resources, cancer gear and opportunities for connecting.

CureDiva.com

Website: http://www.curediva.com/CureDiva.com, helping women facing breast cancer better their lives with style found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

CureDiva.com was formed because 2 breast cancer survivors, Efrat Roman and Tori Riegler came together to fulfill a need that was not met anywhere, an online shopping mall that is a 1-stop shop offering a wide variety of products at every stage of breast cancer treatment and a community to engage and embrace cancer patients that do not have to go through this alone. CureDiva’s mission is to help women facing breast cancer better their lives with style. Their business model boasts style and flair and gives women that boost of confidence – something that they need especially in this time.

The site is simple and easy to navigate through where customers can shop by Product Type or every stage of breast cancer Treatment including Just Diagnosed, Surgery, Chemo, Radiotherapy, Hormone Therapy and Ever After. When customers buy products, they have the opportunity to recommend products, share their experiences and tips and connect with a Guardian Diva, a fellow female who is also affected by breast cancer. In creating their community environment, they have built a transparent platform where the hard and soft topics are discussed and everything imaginable that a woman goes through is discussed. There are also forums that provide helpful tips, do’s and don’ts and if you have been affected by breast cancer and can provide a useful service to their community of visitors, they provide avenues for vendors, Guardian Divas, Social Media experts, Panel Bloggers and Style Experts to be a part of their savvy and supportive community.

 

SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer

Website: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/

SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer found on blog.uniformadvantage.comSHARE was formed when a group of 12 women showed up to its first support group at the invitation of Dr. Eugene Thiessen, a doctor specializing in breast cancer in 1976. The group became a non-profit in 1978 and has expanded to provide an avenue of support to women and men who needed help with this disease. Their programs include outreach efforts, hotlines for support and educational programs and through this journey has even become an advocate for legislation and greater funding to be allocated to fight breast cancer. It has expanded its ethnic boundaries and LatinaSHARE was formed in the late 1980s providing support and information in Spanish to the Hispanic community. In 1995, they expanded to include support for women dealing with ovarian cancer.

SHARE members are very involved in the communities they touch and have even reached out to Corporations hosting Pink and Teal seminars to spread awareness about these two types of cancers and help encourage employees to be proactive about their health. They also offer an educational program called “Side by Side” that improves communication between patients and their healthcare providers. Survivor Patient Navigators act immediately once you have shared that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and immediate attention and support are given in breast cancer clinics.

These two organizations offer a lot of love, support and trust to a vulnerable and emotional community of women and men that need daily doses of care. We love their missions and what they are about and with an active social media presence, they are changing lives one at a time!

 

Have you found any great sites of your own? We would love to hear about them.

Breast Cancer Resources found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

The Future of Nursing

Future of Nursing found on blog.uniformadvantage.comAre you a recent nursing graduate entering the medical profession work force, or a seasoned professional who has seen friends and family in other types of jobs getting laid off? If so, you may be questioning the future of nursing.

Well, we’re glad to say things are looking good for you nursing professionals!

Registered nurses make up the largest group in the U.S. workforce and nursing is the fastest growing career industry in the country.

Listed below are a few positive statistics according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

  • There are 3.1 million Registered Nurses nationwide.
  • There are four times as many nurses in the U.S as there are physicians.
  • The number of new RN jobs created through 2018 will be 581,500.
  • There will be a 36% rise in the demand for RNs in hospitals by 2020.

Nursing education programs have changed over the past few decades. They are more complex and focused. Allnurses.com says many nurses with Associate degrees (AA) are being encouraged to obtain their Bachelor’s as an AA degree may not be enough to land a nursing job in the future. Per Medscape.com, two-year RN programs are almost obsolete and hospital based nursing diplomas will be a thing of the past in the next 10 years. By 2020, it is the hope of the health care profession that at least 80% of all nurses will have a B.S. in nursing and that eventually this will become the minimum degree. Currently only 13.2% of nurses hold a master’s degree or higher in nursing. Many Ph.D. programs in nursing are fairly new but many believe to work in private practices and academic research nursing doctoral degrees will be needed. You may want to consider continuing your education to focus and specialize in your career.

demands for a new kind of nurse found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

Source: Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

Incomes are increasing based on experience and specialties – more reason to continue your education. Here are some current annual median salaries according to allnurses.com:

  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses: $41,540
  • Registered Nurses: $65,470
  • Nurse Practitioners: $89,960
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: $94,487
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist: $148,160

The future is changing and is brighter than ever! We’ll always need more nurses because people are living longer, globalization has allowed healthcare workers to cross borders easier and there is a rising need for specialist care, outpatient care and home care services.