8 Ways to Start Your Work Day off Right
You don’t have to be a morning person to start your work day
off right. All it takes is a little bit of planning and motivation. Instead of
saying “Just five more minutes,” envision everything you can achieve if you
wake up and arrive at work earlier.
If mornings just aren’t your thing or you need more than
just a mocha latte, try one or all of these 8 tips to start your work day off
right. No matter what shift you work, this advice can apply to you.
1. Prepare ahead of
time – There’s nothing worse than running around in the morning, trying to
do a million things at once. That’s why your best bet is to avoid the morning
rush by preparing the night before. Make
sure your lunch
etc. is packed and ready to go before you even wake up. Instead of mulling over
what to wear when you’re already running late, pick your clothes out the night
before. Then you won’t be frantically searching through drawers or crawling on the
closet floor trying to find the right top or a missing shoe.
If you have kids, ask them the night before if they need
lunch money or your signature for a school trip. Even after all this
preparation, calamities may still ensue, but at least you’ll have some tasks
out of the way.
2. Wake up early – We
all have the best intentions the night before, but when morning comes, that
snooze button is oh so tempting. But it is very important that you wake up with
plenty of time to spare.
If you have difficulty waking up in the morning, you may want
to invest in an alarm clock for
heavy sleepers. There’s an alarm clock that forces you to do a certain
number of bicep curls, while another alarm clock rolls and bounces around the
room until you finally catch it.
The earlier you wake up, the more time you have for
relaxing, completing household tasks and planning out the day ahead. So,
remember to set your alarm and go to bed early so you’re less likely to press
that snooze button.
3. Squeeze in some
exercise time – All too often, we save our exercise time for the end of the
day only to have it pushed back to tomorrow. But what if you exercised at the
start of the day? It
doesn’t have to be anything intense. You could do 15 minutes of yoga, stretch
bands or maybe go for a short run. You could even have someone join
you for some accountability. It all depends on what works for you. Whatever
activity you end up choosing, it’s sure to have you feeling energized afterwards
and, therefore, more productive throughout the workday!
4. Sit down and eat
breakfast – What better way to start your day than sitting down for a
healthy, balanced breakfast? Instead of eating at your desk, in the car or
skipping breakfast altogether, eat a nice breakfast while sitting on your porch
or deck. If outside isn’t an option or the weather’s awful, find a favorite
spot indoors, whether it’s at the kitchen table or in a reading nook. Take this
time to relax and contemplate the day ahead. Or even better, pick up a book
you’ve been meaning to read or talk with family or roommates. You’ll be in a
great mood before the workday has even started!
5. Make a to-do list – When you have a lot on your plate, smaller
tasks tend to slip through the cracks. That’s why it’s always a good idea to
create a to-do list first thing in the morning so nothing is overlooked. Jot
down the list in a notepad
or planner and keep it with you all day long in a tote
bag or purse. Make sure to prioritize your tasks, paying special attention
to tasks that have closer deadlines or greater importance. This checklist will
allow you to keep track of all you’ve accomplished while also helping you plan
out tomorrow’s tasks.
6. Be nice to those
around you – You’ve most likely heard the saying, “One kind word can change
someone’s entire day,” and it’s 100% true. Even if you wake up with a killer
headache or have a ton of meetings later that day, make an effort to be nice to
others. It’s amazing how much a smile or a “Good morning!” can help your mood
and the moods of others.
If you live with someone, you could compliment their
appearance or bring them a cup of coffee. Not only are they more likely to repay
in kind, but it will also have you feeling more positive about the day ahead.
7. Leave for work
early – This may sound like a no brainer, as there’s always traffic or bad
weather to consider, but it’s very difficult to achieve. Something always comes
up in the morning, and before you know it, you’re running late and rushing for
the door. It’s as if time is always against you.
Beat the clock by setting up a morning routine and try to
stick to it as best as possible. Think about what tasks take you the longest
and figure out how you can complete them faster or maybe do them another time.
The earlier you leave for work, the more traffic you’ll avoid and the more time
you’ll have to get settled when you first arrive.
8. Start with
difficult tasks – For most people, the best time to get stuff done is first
thing in the morning. Your brain is fresh and alert after a good night’s sleep,
and you’re not recovering from a post-lunch food coma or post-meeting anxiety.
So, why not use this time to tackle the hardest tasks? With the tough stuff out
of the way, you won’t be scrambling to finish everything at the end of the day.
The start of your workday doesn’t
have to be all bad. Try these 8 work tips and you’ll be getting off to a much
10 Things You Should Never Say to Coworkers
There are certain things that should never be said in the
workplace. Sure, a statement may sound acceptable to you, and you may have
heard coworkers say the exact same thing, but it can still be a recipe for disaster.
And once those taboo words are out in the open, there’s no taking them back.
Whether they make others uncomfortable or they put your work
motives in question, the following 10 phrases are a big no-no in the workplace.
1. “That’s not my
problem” or “That’s not my job” – Nothing good can come out of saying
this. In fact, saying these words can
make you look stubborn, unmotivated or even lazy. In today’s society, going
above and beyond shows initiative and can help you when promotion time comes around.
Before you refuse to do something, consider your reasons why. Do you simply not
have the time? Is someone else better qualified for the task? If this is the
case, find a better way of phrasing this statement.
2. "You're HOW
old?" – Saying this to an older coworker could go badly. You may think
you’re complimenting their youthful appearance, but no one wants to be reminded
that they’re getting up there in age. It can create awkward tension and hurt
their feelings. So overall, it’s not a good idea.
3. “It’s not fair.” –
This may be true, but saying it won’t help matters any. Plus, it makes you look
unprofessional and can come off as whiny. Instead of saying this, think of
reasons why the situation is unfair and create a convincing argument. You’ll be
taken more seriously as a result.
4. "Don't tell
so-and-so, but..." – Sometimes, a secret is just too juicy to keep to
yourself, but telling it can have devastating consequences. Never share
something in private at work that you wouldn’t want everyone to know. Word
tends to get around, and something you said can come back to haunt you. Also, if
someone at work confides in you, be considerate of their privacy and keep it to
5. “I’m here to work,
I’m not here to make friends” – There’s nothing wrong with keeping your
personal and professional lives separate, but that doesn’t mean you should be
openly rude to your coworkers or go out of your way to ignore them. It may seem
easier to bury your head in work, but in the long run, it will hurt you. Your
coworkers are more likely to lend a hand when you’ve treated them kindly in the
past. Make an effort to ask how they’re doing or, if you’d like, even go out in
a group for happy hour or lunch.
6. “This may sound
stupid, but…” – When you start a suggestion with this discounting phrase, it
decreases the impact of the following statement. If you want people to take you
seriously, you should sound confident and authoritative. Stand behind your
ideas and believe in their value and others will follow suit.
7. “I don’t have time.”
– You may be swamped with work, but no one wants to hear that you don’t
have time for them. Instead of saying you’re too busy or flat out saying no,
ask them if you can meet at a later time. If your morning is filled with meetings,
ask if they can talk after lunch when you have some free time. Wear a watch at
all times as a constant reminder of what time it is so you don’t miss the
8. “It’s not my
fault.” - It’s all too easy to
assign blame, but it never helps the situation. If anything, it makes it worse.
Blaming others can destroy work relationships and hurt your career. Instead of pointing
fingers, work on fixing the problem. Once things have calmed down, figure out
ways to prevent it from happening again.
9. “It’s all my
fault.” – This statement may seem innocent enough, but we advise against
using it too often. If you’re taking the fall for every mishap, you may appear
incompetent. Only take responsibility for the tasks that fall within your job
requirements. If you feel the need to apologize for something, apologize for the
situation that someone is in. Offer your assistance and help resolve the
problem instead of taking the blame.
10. “Just calm down”
or “Relax” – If coworkers come to you with an issue, the worst possible
thing you can say is, “Just calm down” or “Relax.” This response tends to have
the exact opposite effect. Even worse, it implies that the person is
overreacting and can come off as judgmental. Instead of giving into the urge to
say this, let them vent and show an interest in their problems. If possible,
take the conversation to a private place to avoid eavesdroppers. Your coworker
will appreciate that you listened and will feel better after letting off some
Avoid these 10 phrases in future workplace conversations and
always remember to think before you speak. Before you say something at your
office or facility, consider how you would feel if someone said those exact
words to you. If you’re unsure or if you would find it offensive, then don’t
say it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Did you say something to a coworker that you shouldn’t have?
Give them a thoughtful
gift as an apology. It will make all the difference!
Work Habits that Healthcare Professionals Should Steer Clear Of
We all have them – bad work
habits we just can’t seem to kick. Or maybe, habits we don’t want to kick.
Sometimes, we just accept them as an inevitable part of life because it seems like
they’re impossible to get rid of. Other times, we want to make a change but
nothing seems to work. Or, maybe, you’re unaware that you even have a problem.
The first step in fixing a
problem is acknowledging that you have a problem. Recognizing that there is an
issue can help you eliminate it altogether or even transform that bad habit
into something positive.
Here are some of the most
annoying work habits that could be holding you back and our possible solutions.
If any of these sound familiar, sit back and reflect on your workday and think
how you could make a change for the better.
1. Skipping Meals – It happens. Healthcare professionals get caught up in work, and simply
forget to eat or fail to make time. There may be patients waiting for you or a
pile of paperwork to go through, but it’s still important to squeeze in some
time for food whenever you can. Pack small meals or healthy
snacks ahead of time in a lunch
tote or cooler. Keep food within reach for easy access and as a visual
reminder. Also, make sure to give yourself plenty of time before your shift to
have a healthy, satisfying meal. If you have to wake up earlier, then do it. It
can make all the difference in your alertness and attitude later on.
2. Procrastinating, Then Rushing – Sure, there may be tasks you dread and you keep
putting off. But you’re going to have to take care of them eventually, so why
not sooner rather than later? Procrastination isn’t helping anyone, especially you.
When you wait until the last minute, it affects your performance and can raise
your stress levels. Cut back on procrastinating by prioritizing your tasks and
setting strict deadlines. Trust us - you’ll feel better when you no longer have
those tasks looming over your head.
3. Resisting Change – It
may sound cliché, but change is a natural part of life. You may not be
comfortable with changes in your work routine or job responsibilities, but
they’re going to happen no matter how you feel. So, why not accept these
changes instead of fighting them? Instead of saying, “But we’ve always done it
this way,” keep yourself open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. You
never know – you may find that you actually like these changes in the long run.
If you truly feel that a new
method works against your company’s goals, express your concerns, but also come
prepared with a better alternative. Don’t just argue for the sake of arguing or
because you fear change.
4. Gossiping – Gossiping can be harmless, and it can liven up an otherwise dull
workday. But it can also create a negative work environment. Try to keep gossip
to a minimum and recognize when you’ve crossed a line. If you’re meddling in
your coworkers’ private affairs or making them feel uncomfortable, it may be
time to take a step back and consider if you’ve gone too far. If they want to
discuss a topic, they’ll come to you.
5. Taking Things Too Personally – Sometimes, criticism can be seen as a personal
attack. Instead of immediately taking offense, consider whether or not your
coworker is trying to help you or is offering some solid advice. It can be
difficult to interpret someone’s tone when talking through email or through
online chat, so keep in mind that they may have meant it in a different way
then you read it. If you’re unsure, continue the conversation face to face to
get a better idea of their intentions. When you receive constructive criticism,
remember that they’re trying to help you grow as an individual, and use the
feedback you’ve been given to improve your work performance.
6. Putting Your Personal Life Before Work – If the first thing you do when you get to work is log
onto your personal Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest or other social media
account, you may have a problem. We understand life happens. There will be
times when you need to take that personal call, or there will be instances when
a family emergency requires you to leave work early. That is perfectly
understandable. But when your personal life or social media addiction is
constantly interfering with your day to day work, it’s time to make a change.
Instead of updating your
Facebook status every couple of hours or taking extended breaks to call
friends, focus on your patients and on your work goals. Think about what you
could be doing instead of tweeting, and how much your job is helping others.
7. Being Disorganized – Some scattered papers and a couple of Post-it notes
never hurt anybody, but there’s a fine line between clutter and complete chaos.
A messy workplace can hurt your productivity and leave you feeling unfocused.
If you’re having difficulty finding a pen or a medical chart, it may be time to
tidy up. It will be so much easier to find everything and finish tasks quickly
when your workspace is organized.
Remember to file papers away
and keep everything in its proper place. If your office or facility doesn’t
provide these items, you may want to invest in a desk organizer, paper trays or
plastic bins for storing documents and office supplies.
Try to group similar objects together and keep important items at eye level or
at close range. If you haven’t used it in awhile or it’s unnecessary, toss it. A
clean desk will minimize your stress and make your workspace seem more
8. Isolating Yourself – Yes, you may be more productive when you avoid
talking to others, but isolating yourself can have some negative consequences.
Instead of ignoring your coworkers, greet them with a smile and a friendly
disposition. A nice gesture, a “How do you do?” or a compliment can transform a
bad day into a good one.
We’re not saying you have to
become BFFs and go to happy hour together. You’re not going to like everyone,
and you don’t have to. But it doesn’t hurt to make an effort with coworkers on
a daily basis. They’ll be more likely to help you in the future, and it will
contribute to an overall more positive workplace.
You may not realize it, but
these bad work habits are hurting your work performance and your chances for advancement.
Eliminate any work problems by staying aware of them and then taking steps to
defeat them. Keep a positive outlook and remind yourself that you can change
So what do you think of all
of these bad work habits? Did we miss any big ones?
5 Fabulous Cherokee Workwear Scrub Tops You’ll Love
If you’ve been looking to update your old scrub wear, we’ve
got some great news! This week, ADVANCE is having a sale on Cherokee
Workwear scrubs. Just use our promo code CW20815 to get 20% off select Cherokee Workwear styles! Valid
through 8/23/15 11:59pm ET, this sale is an opportunity you don’t want to miss
out on. So, say goodbye to those old scrubs and say hello to a new you.
Now that you’ve parted ways with your outdated scrubs, all
that’s left to do is to find a Cherokee Workwear scrub set that’s the perfect
fit for you. No worries! ADVANCE is here to help you pick
scrubs that meet all of your professional needs. Today, we’re sharing some of
our personal favorites in the hopes you’ll love them too!
Yes, it’s true that you can’t go wrong with Cherokee scrubs,
but there are many factors to consider before you make a decision. First off, what
is your personal style? There are so many colors and fits to choose from, and
you want to make sure you choose a style that suits your tastes. Secondly, what
type of neckline do you prefer? Are you partial to a round neck or a v-neck? Also,
you’ll want to consider the functionality of the scrubs. If storage is an
issue, make sure to choose a scrub set that offers an instrument loop, patch
pockets and so on.
You may know exactly what you want from past experience, but
if not, be sure to take a look at all of the scrub tops below. No matter what,
you’re sure to find something that meets all of your healthcare professional requirements.
“Workwear” Women’s Round Neck Scrub Top
If you’ve been searching for the perfect combination of
comfort and style, look no further than the Cherokee
“Workwear” Women’s Round Neck Scrub Top. Outfitted with side and sleeve vents,
a matching inset, a poly/cotton construction with soil release and numerous
pockets, this scrub top is an all-around winner.
2. Cherokee “Workwear
Stretch” Women’s V-Neck Scrub Top
If a v-neck top is more your style, try the Cherokee
“Workwear Stretch” Women’s V-Neck Scrub Top on for size. Made from a highly
breathable cotton/polyester/spandex blend, this scrub top will have you feeling
fabulous for hours on end. The incredible benefits only continue with a
crossover front yoke, a back yoke, back princess seams and multiple pockets. Pair
these with the Cherokee
“Workwear Stretch” Women’s Cargo Scrub Pants for an unbeatable look.
3. Cherokee “Workwear” Women’s Mock Wrap Scrub
Searching for a scrub top that never goes out of style? The Cherokee
“Workwear” Women’s Mock Wrap Scrub Top is just what you’re looking for. Two
ample patch pockets and a hidden pocket for accessory storage appeal to your
practical side, while its soil-release properties ensure a professional
appearance even after multiple washings.
4. Cherokee “Workwear Stretch” Unisex V-Neck
“Workwear Stretch” Unisex V-Neck Scrub Top has everything a modern
healthcare professional could need: a roomy, comfortable cut with stretch,
durable double-needle stitching, large patch pockets, a cell phone pocket and
side vents. Best of all, it features a chest pocket with instrument holder for
easy access. Wear this with the Cherokee
“Workwear” Unisex Drawstring Scrub Pants for an exceptional scrub set.
5. Cherokee “Workwear Stretch” Women’s Mock Wrap
Made for movement, the Cherokee
“Workwear Stretch” Women’s Mock Wrap Scrub Top is designed with a
highly-breathable and flexible cotton/polyester/spandex blend. Additional
features include an empire waist, side vents and a back belt.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect scrubs, check
out our full selection of Cherokee scrubs
or all of our brand
name scrubs. And don’t forget to take advantage of our sale on Cherokee
Workwear scrubs before it’s too late!
Inspirational Quotes for Healthcare Workers
Working as a healthcare
professional or working towards a medical degree is never easy. It takes a
certain amount of fortitude, compassion and patience to succeed in the medical
industry. Long hours in combination with various physical and emotional
challenges can leave you feeling exhausted and uninspired.
Reach out to your coworkers
or fellow students for helpful techniques to ease your stress and keep you
motivated. Maybe, you could read medical blogs for some useful advice and to
connect with others. Or you could write your thoughts in a journal or share
them with an understanding family member or friend. Whatever you need to do to
keep going, do it. The technique you use ultimately depends on the individual.
Today, we’re sharing some of
our favorite motivational quotes for healthcare professionals with the hope
that they have a positive influence. The next time you have a difficult day or
need a pick-me-up, look to these quotes for inspiration.
Inspirational Quote # 1 – “To
know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have
succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Inspirational Quote # 2 –
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –
Inspirational Quote # 3 – “In
any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step
back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow
Inspirational Quote # 4 –
“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be
worth it.” – Art Williams
Inspirational Quote # 5 – “It
is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.”
– Mother Teresa
Inspirational Quote # 6 – “To
accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan,
but also believe.” – Anatole France
Inspirational Quote # 7 – “If you want others to be happy, practice
compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Inspirational Quote # 8 – “We make a living by what we get, but we make a
life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Inspirational Quote # 9 – “They may forget your name, but they will never
forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Keep these quotes close by
as a reminder of the invaluable service you provide each and every day. Or
inspire a coworker or friend with any of these thoughtful medical gifts.
Now it’s your turn to share
with us! What quotes have inspired you in the past? Or did any of these quotes
resonate deeply with you? Let us know!
10 Ways to
Stay Happy During a Long Shift
undergo a considerable amount of stress during their long work shifts. Standing
on your feet nonstop, fighting to stay awake and dealing with challenging
patients takes a toll on an individual. That’s why we’re offering some helpful
tips for medical professionals.
Here are 10 ways to keep
your sanity during a long work shift, and, therefore, lead a happier life
1. Stay positive – Try to focus on the positive aspects of your job over the negative. Instead
of worrying about department gossip or difficult patients, think about all you
are achieving on a daily basis. Remember why you entered this profession to
begin with, and keep that in mind throughout those long work shifts.
2. Surround yourself with positive people – It will be that much easier to stay positive if you
are around like-minded people. Steer clear of those debby downers and
troublemakers, people who constantly complain or gossip. These types of
individuals will only bring you down and make your workday seem even longer. If
you have to interact with them, ignore their negativity as best as you can and change
the topic to something more positive.
3. Eat healthy – Eating healthy on a hectic work schedule can seem nearly impossible. You
may hear that vending machine calling, and forget all about your promise to give
up junk food. That’s why you should always plan ahead of time.
Your best bet is to pack healthy
snacks in advance – bananas, nuts, granola bars and other energy-boosting portable
snacks – and keep them in a lunch
bag or tote for easy access. Also, instead of eating a couple large meals, eat
several small meals a day to keep your energy levels up. Improve your diet and
you’ll be seeing a significant difference in your attitude and your alertness.
4. Play some tunes – If you’re allowed to play music in your office or
facility, then we highly recommend doing so. A playlist of your favorite songs can
do wonders for your mood. Try to select upbeat songs that will have you feeling
energized rather than relaxed.
5. Stay hydrated – Unfortunately, thirst and dehydration are all
too common with busy healthcare professionals. Maybe, you’re so caught up in
your work, you forget to meet your own basic needs. Or you avoid drinking water
because you dread those constant bathroom trips.
Not drinking enough water is dangerous for your
health and can lead to headaches, irritability, dizziness and other negative
side effects. If necessary, take certain steps to ensure you’re refreshed and
alert all shift long. Keep a water
bottle within reach at all times, or set a timer as a reminder to drink
water every so often. If you know you’ll be busy for the first few hours of
your shift, drink some water beforehand to get off to a great start.
Get enough sleep – No one likes a cranky person, so do yourself and
everyone around you a favor by making sure you get plenty of sleep before your
shift. If you’re having sleep problems, set up a nighttime routine to help you
wind down before bedtime and stick to it all week long. Avoid alcohol close to
bedtime, as it can interfere with the sleep process, and instead drink some
sleepytime tea. Never check portable devices or watch TV right before bed, as
the artificial light can disrupt your sleep cycle.
If you work the night shift,
go to sleep right after your shift. You may be tempted to do chores or run
errands, but these activities can leave you feeling more alert. Also avoid
caffeine during the second half of your shift, or you may have trouble sleeping
comfortable shoes – When you’re a
hardworking medical professional, you’re constantly on your feet. That’s why
it’s essential to own a pair of comfortable medical shoes or
clogs. For the best fit, look for a shoe that has generous padding, arch
support and a breathable footbed that absorbs and evaporates perspiration.
Never choose a shoe for its look instead of its feel, as you’ll regret your
decision halfway into your shift.
8. Exercise – Try to squeeze in some exercise time whenever you can. This suggestion
may seem outlandish when you’re on your feet constantly, but a brisk walk or a
run before work can increase your endorphins and have you feeling prepared for
the day ahead. Stretching during your breaks or even a quick run up the stairs
can also be beneficial.
9. Make your breaks count – Make each and every break count by doing something
that you enjoy. Maybe, you could read a book that has nothing to do with work.
Or, you could step outside for some fresh air to get away from all the hustle
and bustle. Whatever you do, it should be an activity that leaves you feeling
refreshed and ready for whatever comes your way.
Lend a hand – Help out your coworkers and they might just do
the same for you. If you notice they’re having a bad day, ask if there’s
anything you can do. They’ll appreciate that you pitched in, and you’ll feel
better knowing you did a good deed.
Make the most of your
workday with any of these tips! They’re sure to improve your mood on those
seemingly endless shifts.
10 Essential Nursing School
It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost that time of year
again – back to school time. For nursing students, this realization may have
you feeling stressed out, but never fear! ADVANCE will help you prepare for the
upcoming school year.
In order to survive nursing school, students require back to school supplies.
From office accessories to nursing scrubs to medical clogs, ADVANCE Healthcare
Shop carries all of the trade-specific tools and nursing school supplies that you
could possibly need.
Need help creating your back to school
checklist? Here’s 10 back to school essentials to ensure nursing school success.
These nursing school supplies are not exclusive to nursing students, as many registered
nurses and healthcare professionals will find these items useful as well.
1. Scrubs -
It’s a given that every nursing student should own a set of scrubs. What scrub
set you choose depends on school dress codes and personal preference. If you’re
allowed some flexibility, pick a scrub top that matches your style, whether you
select a print
scrub top or a solid scrub
top. Then pair your scrub top with matching scrub pants for
an attractive look!
Make sure to double check with your school before making any purchases. You may need to buy your scrubs from somewhere in particular for your school’s custom logo or embroidery.
No matter what, your scrubs should not only be professional but also comfortable.
No one said you had to suffer in discomfort for hours at end, so pick a scrub
set that fits your exact needs.
2. Nursing Shoes – After you’ve shopped for scrubs, you can’t forget to pick out some nursing
shoes to match. When you’re on your feet constantly, it’s important to wear
shoes that will naturally support you all day long. So it’s only logical to
pick from the very best brand name medical clogs and
nursing shoes. Dansko, Landau and Sanita are just a few of the brands that
come to mind, but there are so many more.
Thankfully, these medical
clogs are designed for the modern healthcare professional or nursing student.
Incredible features include a breathable footbed, anti-skid tread and a shock
absorbent outsole to ensure your utmost comfort. Consider your daily requirements
before making a final decision.
3. Nursing Bag – With all the studying that lies ahead of you, you’ll definitely need a
bag or backpack. When you’re figuring out which nursing bag to choose, keep
an eye out for one made of a tougher material. All of those heavy textbooks
need a durable bag for easy transportation.
Also, your best bet is to grab a nursing bag with plenty of storage. The last thing
you need during exams is to run out of room for all of your studying materials.
4. Pens – It’s
always smart to have multiple pens on hand.
Even with the prominence of technology, pens are still useful to have. You
never know when you’ll need to jot down some notes, a reminder or other
Now, you could carry the old, reliable click pen,
or you could mix it up with a unique pen that showcases your profession. Either
way, you should have extras just in case since pens have a habit of magically
5. Stethoscope – Another obvious item, stethoscopes
are a must have for nursing students. You’ll never know how to use a
stethoscope properly without regular practice.
range in quality from the more advanced models to cheaper styles. The model you
decide on all depends on what you prefer. As long as it works effectively,
6. Clipboard – Clipboards
come in handy when you’re taking notes during clinical rotations or
demonstrations. They allow for more mobility than binders or other note-taking
When you’re on the market
for a new clipboard, consider spending just a little bit more for a clipboard
with storage capabilities, diagnostic guides or a built-in
calculator/alarm/timer. These invaluable features transform your clipboard into
a portable office.
7. Notepads – If clipboards aren’t your style, you can try the next best thing – notepads.
Simply slip a small sized notepad into your pocket for easy note-taking and
In this technology age, many
students prefer taking notes on a computer or portable device. But for some, writing
the notes down helps them absorb the information better. If you’re unsure, try
out each method to figure out what works best for you.
8. Penlight – A penlight
is a resourceful tool for learning how to conduct physical assessments during
clinicals. Most penlights feature a convenient clip for attaching to pockets, so
it’s always within reach.
penlights also include an easy-to-see pupil gauge. Look around before you
decide on the right one for you.
9. Bandage Scissors – As a nursing student, it is imperative that you own a
pair of bandage
scissors. This valuable tool is often used for cutting gauze, tubing, tape
and other materials.
making your decision, you can’t go wrong with a pair of stainless steel bandage
scissors or EMT/utility
scissors. Not only are they relatively inexpensive, but they also feature a
precise edge that will cut through even the toughest materials.
10. Wrist Watch – Nursing students don’t just wear watches
as a fashion statement; they wear them as a necessity. Most nurses choose an
analog watch over a digital watch, as the second hand is crucial for counting
the seconds during pulse readings.
We recommend choosing a
watch with a long-lasting battery, a large analog display and a durable
construction. A water resistant watch will also withstand frequent hand
Enter nursing school with
all of the above, and you’ll be off to a great start! Stock up on back to school supplies
while there’s still some summertime left.
8 Incredible Koi Scrubs & Lab Coats
Looking for professional styles at an affordable price?
You’ve come to the right place! Right now, ADVANCE is offering 20% off on all Koi scrubs and lab coats.
Now through 8/5/15 11:59pm ET, save on your favorite Koi scrubs and lab coats
with no discount code needed.
Now that you have this excellent opportunity, which Koi scrub top or lab coat will you choose? We know browsing through a large selection can be daunting,
so we narrowed it down for you. We’ve chosen our favorite Koi scrubs and lab
coats for your perusal. Each of these items offers matchless comfort and attractive
styling while still conforming to your department’s dress code. No matter what
you decide on, we know you won’t be disappointed.
and look fabulous with the Koi
Women’s Bailey “Honeycomb” Corduroy Scrub Top! A vibrant polka dot print
made of cotton corduroy appeals to your fashion senses, while two side pockets
No health professional can
resist the allure of the Koi
Women’s Victoria 33 ½” Lab Coat!
This classic mid-length lab coat is outfitted with two patch pockets, long
sleeves and belt loops for convenient accessory attachment.
Make way for the ultimate in comfort and style –
Sapphire Women’s “Cora” Four-Way Stretch V-Neck Scrub Top! This scrub top
is designed with wrinkle-resistant, highly stretchable fabric, a mini chest
pocket and two side pockets with riveted metal details and die-cut logo.
Women’s Macie 28” Lab Coat will make a lovely addition to any lab tech’s
wardrobe! Benefits include a shorter length, two patch pockets, a hidden side
pocket and print facing on the back of the neck.
Get caught up in the fashion frenzy of the Koi
Women’s Stretch Mackenzie Zip-Front Scrub Top! Made with a stretchable cotton/polyester/spandex
blend, this scrub top features a right-side pocket with D-ring, a left-side
pocket with bungee toggle and side slits.
Women’s Rebecca Lab Coat was made with the modern healthcare professional
in mind. Numerous pockets accommodate your practical needs, while sleek styling
accentuates your figure.
Add a splash of color to your everyday ensemble
with the Koi
Women’s Celeste “Rio” Scrub Top! Unique smocking around the neck and two
front patch pockets make this scrub top an irresistible buy.
Take the workplace by storm
with the fashionable yet functional Koi
Women’s Lauren Lab Coat! Incredible features include two front patch
pockets, a shoulder loop for ID badge attachment and a comfortable mid-length
Like what you see? Then snatch
up these Koi scrubs and lab coats at a discounted price. Hurry before this sale
It’s a Scrub Kind of Summer!
It’s easy to forget that it’s summer when you’re stuck
inside all day at the office, facility or wherever you work. Luckily, ADVANCE
has a way to bring summer to your workplace. No, we’re sorry, it’s not ice
cream. But we can give you the next best thing - summer scrub tops!
Yes, we know there are so many summer scrub tops out there
to choose from. So, to make it easier for you, we’ve selected three of our
favorite scrub tops that absolutely scream summer! These colorful prints are
sure to brighten up your ensemble and your mood!
first selection, the White
Cross “Cherry Bouquet” V-Neck Scrub Top, pairs fashion and
functionality! Made from a fusion of brushed cotton and polyester, this scrub
top showcases a beautiful floral pattern. Two patch pockets and side slits
complete this lovely design.
Anatomy™ by Barco “Karma” Scrub Top is our next hot item of the
summer. Designed with a cotton/rayon blend, this summer scrub top features
short raglan sleeves and an elastic shirred neck with button detail. Two pockets offer storage for the everyday
essentials, making this top perfect for the modern healthcare professional.
Last but certainly not least, the White
Cross “Tye Dye Royalty” Scoop Neck Scrub Top is a real trendsetter.
Styled with a vibrant tie-dye pattern and scoop neck, this summer scrub top adds
some flair to your everyday wear.
All of these summer scrub tops offer a professional
appearance at no cost to your comfort. No matter what summer scrub top you end
up choosing, you’re sure to stand out!
Still looking for summer scrub tops or plain
scrub tops instead? Check out our solid scrub tops and print scrub
tops to find the right fit for you!
10 Healthy Snacks for Busy Healthcare Professionals
In a high-stress work environment, your health can sometimes
fall to the wayside. Hours may go by before you realize that growling you hear
is your empty stomach. And with no time to lose, health snack ideas may seem unappealing
when compared to the candy bar in your purse.
No matter how hectic your schedule may be, it’s important
that you take care of yourself, especially when it comes to your diet. You may
care for the needs of multiple patients, but that doesn’t mean you should
neglect your own health.
Despite what you may think, eating healthy doesn’t have to
be a hassle. There are many convenient, portable snacks that do not come from a
vending machine. Here are some of our favorite healthy snacks for the
hardworking healthcare professional.
1. Bananas – This may seem like an obvious choice, but we can’t stress
enough the benefits of eating bananas. Not only are bananas rich in potassium,
but they are also filling, meaning they’re an ideal snack for those long hour
2. Nuts and seeds – A great source of protein and healthy fats,
nuts and seeds are another nutritious option for the healthcare professional.
Spread some nut butter on bread for a quick sandwich, or mix nuts and seeds
with whole grain cereal or dried fruit for a homemade trail mix.
3. Granola Bars or Fruit & Nut Bars – Not all snack bars are created
equal. When making your selection, steer clear of any granola bars or fruit
& nut bars that are loaded with sugar. Instead, you’ll want to stick with a
more natural bar that may contain ingredients like almonds, dates, cashews,
cranberries and so on. If unsure, brands like LaraBar and KIND are your best
bet and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
4. Yogurt – Yogurt brings so much to the table! When you’re picking
a yogurt, keep an eye out for the National Yogurt Association’s “Live &
Active Cultures” seal. If you see this seal on your yogurt container, it means
your yogurt contains beneficial organisms that help regulate your digestion and
prevent intestinal infections. With yogurt, you’ll also get a whopping dose of
calcium, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and more.
5. Hummus and Veggies – Hummus offers the ultimate combo of protein
and healthy fats. Chickpeas are packed with fiber, iron and many B vitamins.
Make a homemade batch of hummus early in the week, or buy it ahead of time at
your store, and include fresh veggies for dipping.
6. String Cheese – String cheese makes for a convenient snack when
you’re on the go. Just throw one in your lunch bag on your way out the door. Choose
a lighter string cheese made of part-skim mozzarella for a snack that’s lower
in calories but high in protein.
7. Cereal – For a crunchy snack that’s packed with nutrients, fill
a snack bag with a serving of cereal. Avoid cereals that are high in sugar and
stick to the healthier options: MultiGrain Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Quaker
Oatmeal Squares, Kashi GoLean, etc.
8. Edamame – “Edamame” is just a fancy way of saying unripened
green soybeans. This tasty snack is full of essential fatty acids, dietary
fiber and numerous vitamins. Prepare edamame anyway you like, whether you wish
to steam, boil or roast these soybeans.
9. Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are sure to satisfy your hunger,
as they are packed with fiber and nutrients. These can be cooked in the
microwave or baked at home and reheated later.
10. Hard-Boiled Egg – Hard-boiled eggs are a natural source of
protein and essential vitamins and minerals. If you want to cut back on
calories, scoop out the yolk and eat only the egg white. Prepare them yourself
or buy them from the store ready-made.
If you’re concerned about your
health, add some or all of these snacks to your diet. To avoid temptation, pack
healthier snacks ahead of time and eat every few hours. Store your healthy snacks
in an insulated
lunch bag or cooler for easy access and to keep food fresh throughout your
Also, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout your
workday. Not only is water a necessity, but drinking water can curb cravings by
making you feel full faster. Stay hydrated by keeping a water
bottle within reach. Place the water bottle at eye level for a visual
reminder to drink often.
Keep all of these healthy snacks in mind the next time you
go grocery shopping. Your stomach will thank you in the long run!
May Your Summer be Merry & Bright!
Yes, we know it’s not Christmas quite yet, but we thought
we’d spread some Christmas cheer anyway with our Christmas in July Weekend Sale!
From July 24th through July 26th 11:59pm ET, all of our Christmas apparel
is 50% off, including clearance styles!
On top of that, we’re continuing our Christmas in July 2015
sale on all
holiday items! Through 7/31/15 11:59pm ET, buy one holiday item, get the
second one 25% off. Search through our holiday
cards and more. What better way to shop ahead of time than with these low
To show our holiday spirit, we’re sharing a fun
alternative to the traditional Christmas tree – a rubber glove Christmas tree! Follow
these rubber glove Christmas tree instructions and bring Christmas to your
home, office or facility.
How to Make a Rubber Glove Christmas Tree:
out a quality glove (latex will work better than vinyl for creating a
larger shaped balloon).
the gloves up and tie off the ends like balloons.
a base for the tree to stand on. You can attach a cardboard tube, making
sure it’s facing upwards, to a cardboard box to make a base. Wrap the
cardboard box in holiday paper if you’re feeling especially festive.
the tree by taping the inflated gloves to the bottom of the cardboard tube
and work your way up.
reaching the top, fill in any empty spaces with tissue paper or printer
paper by crumpling it up and sticking it in the gaps.
your tree with garland, lights or whatever you want to!
Now you have a rubber glove Christmas tree just waiting to
spruce up your office! This holiday tree is sure to make any nurse or
healthcare professional feel joyful and triumphant no matter what time of year it is!
For more Christmas in July ideas, take a look at
holiday items. Also, don’t miss a chance to find Christmas apparel on sale. Christmas in July comes but once a year, so don’t let this opportunity
pass you by!
5 Nursing Myths Debunked
Every nurse is going to come
up against nursing stereotypes at least once in their life. Maybe your friends believe
you’re a doctor’s errand runner or that becoming a nurse is a cakewalk. Some of
them may watch Grey’s Anatomy or Scrubs and think that these shows make
them a nursing expert. If only they knew the truth.
It’s past time to set the
record straight. That’s why we’re putting some of the most common nursing myths
Nursing Myth #1: Nurses are doctors’ little helpers
Some people believe that a
nurse is essentially a doctor’s assistant, but this is not the case at all.
Nurses may update doctors on a patient’s status, but that does not mean they actually
work for doctors. Nurses and doctors
will interact, but a nurse’s primary role is assisting their patients and
taking care of their needs rather than a doctor’s.
Nursing Myth #2: Nursing is a woman’s job
On the contrary, nurses can
be female or male. While the majority of
nurses are female, the number of male nurses is rising as stereotypes against
male nurses slowly dissolve. Male nurses are just as capable as female nurses,
and gender should have no significant role in the nursing profession.
Nursing Myth #3: Anyone can be a nurse
False! Becoming a nurse
requires an educational background and extensive medical training. To succeed
as a nurse, you need to possess critical thinking skills and vast reservoirs of
patience. Nurses are responsible for the well-being of multiple patients, and
their position should never be taken lightly.
Nursing Myth #4: Nurses aspire to be doctors
A common misconception,
nurses are not doctors who didn’t make the cut. Nurses join the profession
because they want to work closely with their patients and provide invaluable services
to those same individuals. They accept the responsibilities of nursing because
they are passionate about their career.
Nursing Myth #5: All nurses are the same
Nothing could be further
from the truth. Not all nurses receive the same training, work towards the same
career goals or have the same duties. For example, there is a significant
difference between a pediatric nurse and an emergency nurse. Pediatric nurses
deal with the care of children while emergency nurses treat patients that
arrive in the emergency room. A nurse’s expertise depends on the career path
they have chosen.
Unfortunately, we’re just
scratching the surface with these 5 nursing myths. There are countless more
that we did not address in this post.
Hopefully, with time, some or
all of these nursing misconceptions will disappear. Until that day, keep in
mind why you became a nurse in the first place and remember that all of your work is
Are nursing stereotypes getting you down? Treat yourself with one of these popular nursing
Tis the Season to be Saving!
We’re keeping the Christmas
spirit alive all year long with our Christmas
in July 2015 sale! Through 7/31/15 11:59pm ET, all holiday
items, including clearance, are buy 1, get one 25% off. Stock up on holiday
ornaments, Christmas scrub tops, greeting
cards and more. It’s never too early to get started on your Christmas list!
In celebration of our Christmas in July promotion, we’re sharing a sweet recipe
for a favorite holiday treat – sugar cookies!
What could be better than snacking on a few of these during those long
Decorate these Christmas cookies however you
like, whether you want snowman, Santa or nurse themed cookies! It’s completely
up to you! No matter what, they’re sure to be tasty.
We’re hoping these festive cookies bring some
early Christmas cheer to your home, office or facility! Be sure to check out
our collection of Christmas items for more Christmas in July ideas. And don’t
forget to get a head start on your holiday shopping before our Christmas in
July 2015 sale ends!
Put Yourself in Our Shoes
With a hectic work schedule, it can be hard to find time for
shoe shopping. That’s why ADVANCE Healthcare
Shop is making your life just a little bit easier with our online sale on Dansko,
Sanita and Grey’s Anatomy shoes. Throughout the week of July 13th,
enjoy free ground shipping to any of
the 48 contiguous United States
for any of these brand name shoes. This
shoe sale is site wide so go crazy!
With so many Dansko, Sanita and Grey’s Anatomy shoes to
choose from, we know it can be tough to narrow it down. Don’t worry; we’re here
to help. True, you can never have too many shoes, but you need the right fit
for you. So, sit down, put your feet
up and let’s go shoe shopping!
Step Into a Pair of Dansko’s
If comfort is your middle name, you’ll want to check out a
pair of Dansko
shoes. Created with your sanity in mind, Dansko shoes are made with
breathable footbeds, anti-skid treads, antimicrobial lining and a design that
molds to your foot’s natural shape. Dansko’s endless selection of medical shoes
and clogs features a variety of flattering styles and bold colors, including
their fashionable Professional clog line.
The million dollar question: which pair should you choose?
It all depends on your style and department dress code.
When you want to stand out in a crowd, the Dansko Professional Rainstorm patent leather clog is just what you need.
If you’re going for a more traditional look, you can’t go
wrong with a pair of Dansko
Professional black patent leather clogs. From the Dansko
ProXP grey striped patent leather clog to the Dansko
Professional rainbow patent leather
clog, Dansko has something for everyone.
Try Sanita Shoes on for Size
If you’ve browsed our Dansko catalog and you’re just not
feeling it, Sanita
shoes are your next best bet. Never underestimate a pair of Sanita nursing
shoes, as they provide matchless comfort, enchanting styles and a professional
appearance. Suitable for nurses and healthcare professionals, this anatomically
shaped footwear includes skid-resistant outsoles and padded insteps for
exceptional foot support.
Now it just comes down to which pair of Sanita shoes are best
suited to your tastes.
For a splash of color, the Koi by Sanita Professional Valerie clog and the Sanita Professional Hendrix clog are just the ticket.
On the other hand, or should we say foot, the Sanita
Sangria Nikolette clog is a more
conservative option. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, take a look at
Professional Beatnik multi-color patent
If Grey’s Anatomy Fits, Wear It
Last but not least, Grey’s Anatomy
medical shoes are a shoe-in. Always a reliable brand, Grey’s Anatomy offers
more conventional shoes than Sanita or Dansko. Perfect for hardworking
healthcare professionals, Grey’s Anatomy shoes are both charming and practical.
These slip-on shoes feature flexible outsoles with slip-resistant rubber
inserts, padded insteps and cushy footbeds.
Need help deciding on a Grey’s Anatomy shoe? If you’re looking
for a high-quality shoe with extraordinary support, you should consider the Grey’s
Anatomy Meredith black box shoe.
For a more flamboyant design, Grey’s Anatomy Meredith black metallic rose embossed shoe is also available. And you can’t forget the Grey’s
Anatomy Meredith blue floral patent
Whatever you decide on, we know you’ll love taking a walk in
these shoes. Take advantage of this shoe sale before it’s too late!
Check out our full selection of medical shoes
and clogs for an unbeatable fit!
Last minute shoppers rejoice!
We at ADVANCE Healthcare Shop understand how busy and stressful life can be, with unending errands; you may not have finished that Christmas list. That’s why we’re joining National Free Shipping Day! Tomorrow, Thursday, December 18 we’ll be offering free shipping site-wide no matter the order amount. That’s right! Need an ornament for a co-worker or a tote for a friend? Whatever the item, if it’s in stock we guarantee we’ll have it to you by Christmas Eve. This is the first time ADVANCE has ever participated in a promotion like this and we’re hoping to spread the holiday cheer. Shop tomorrow until 11:59pm ET to cash in on the savings!