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5 Sure Fire Ways to Get Fired as a Healthcare Professional 21 April 16 12:06 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

You may have been a fan of the hit TV drama Nurse Jackie, but many of the antics she carried on with at work did not make her a favorite among staff members. If you’re a healthcare professional, here are five sure fire ways to get the pink slip. Read them, let them sink in, and NEVER perform these no-no’s while on the job.

1.      Taking Pictures of Patients

Not only is it a breach of work ethic, but it’s a breach of privacy. Shockingly enough, many healthcare workers have been guilty of taking pictures of their patients. Last month, a nurse at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY resigned after she published pictures of a patient’s genitals. Not only was her license suspended, but she also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of snapping unlawful surveillance photos.

 

2.      Drugging on the Job

A recent study of nurses discovered that between 2-5% of those that worked as RNs admitted to having a prescription drug addiction, and another 5-10% confessed to having tried a patient’s medication at some point during their career.

 

Dishing out drugs to friends or colleagues can also land you in hot water.

 

3.      Blabbing on Social Media

Healthcare professionals adhere to a strict code of conduct, and vow to keep the privacy of a patient. Some, however, develop a bad case of blabbermouth on the internet and violate these codes by sharing anything and everything on Facebook – even while on the clock. Don’t let cyberspace collide with reality and keep Facebook strictly personal.

 

4.      Not Staying Calm, Cool, and Collected

After a long shift and difficult patients, you may feel exhausted and crabby. While putting off grumpy or negative vibes at work may seem minor, it has been known that healthcare workers can lose their job for talking to a patient in an unprofessional manner.

 

Be polite, yet candid. If you need to take a quick breather, get yourself outside or to the restroom stat.

 

5.      The Disappearing Act

Too many calls in sick might cost you your job. If you rack up too many absences, you may find yourself getting more than your desired time off.

 

Finding a replacement for a healthcare worker, who harbors critical knowledge and experience required to perform the job, can be tough. But whether it’s blabbering on the internet or calling in sick, these work no-no’s may put your career on the line.  

 

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From Civil Servant to Classy Surgeon: The Evolution of Nurse Uniforms 12 April 16 03:02 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

From Civil Servant to Classy Surgeon: The Evolution of Nurse Uniforms

The next time you find yourself complaining about wrinkles in your fashionable Cherokee scrub top, take a quick moment to reflect on the fact that nurses’ attire wasn’t always so comfy – or convenient. The evolution of the standard nurse uniform has changed drastically over the last 200 years, as well as the public’s perception of what nurses are all about.

The Beginning

 

During the early 1800’s, nurses were held in lower standards than servants. The care of the sick was a responsibility relegated to nuns or seedy individuals, such as prostitutes, and little training or skill was required. When Florence Nightingale entered the scene during the Crimean War and demanded training for nurses, as well as a clean and safe environment for patients, a new profession was born.

 

One of Nightingale’s students designed the first recognizable nurse’s uniform, which included full gowns in black or prints with large white aprons and caps. Nursing students would wear pink, blue, or other pastel colored ribbon bands, while senior nurses and nursing teachers would don black ribbon bands to indicate seniority.

1900’s

 

By the early 1900’s, nurses started wanting accessibility in their uniforms, and pockets in aprons grew in popularity. The top now boasted a pointy collar covered by a bib, cinched at the waist, and gathered around the skirt. The well-tailored uniform utilized a solid fabric. This uniform helped to distinguish a nurse from a servant, protected them against illness, and was also considered an expression of feminine virtue.

 

A large white hat and veil completed the look. Mimicking a nun’s habit, this bolstered respect for the industry and made it easy for nurses to be called upon by churches to assist in times of epidemic illness. Folk were beginning to realize that the role of nurses in the medical field was very important.

 

During World War II in the 1930’s and ’40’s, nurses were heavily utilized on all sides of the conflicts. Design aspects and distinction took a backseat to functionality. Nurses had to be fast in order to provide quick care for many injured troops. The uniforms evolved once again, from long gowns to a shorter, more manageable skirt length. This was also due to clothing material shortage during the war. Sleeves were rolled for easier movement. A cape, or tippet, was worn to signify rankings. The dresses were less form fitting and easy to wash, iron, and wear. Paper hats and simple folded hats replaced the elaborate caps with the veil.

 

Now, the uniform became a combo of functionality and femininity.

Pants for All

The reexamination of gender roles in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s brought more men into the nursing field. Pantsuits became in vogue, as they were in other mainly female professions. The use of surgical scrubs solved the problem of what to wear to work for male nurses. Scrubs were versatile, comfortable, and made it hard to transfer infection from patient to patient. 

The uniform was originally referred to as “surgical greens,” due to it color. The term “scrubs” came about because these outfits were worn in a “scrubbed” environment. In operating rooms, it was forbidden to wear any exposed clothing, such as t-shirts.

During this time, there were developments in fabric technology, including wash and wear cotton, Dracon, and cotton fabrics mix. Some companies experimented on different materials for nursing uniforms. Barco came up with warp knits, which is a fabric that enabled a comfy feel and easy laundry care in every Barco uniform.

Today’s Uniform

Today’s scrubs offer both comfort and convenience. Brands such as Barco, Dickies, and Cherokee make it effortless for nurses to look and feel good during a long shift. Healthcare facilities sometimes require different colors or patterns for the scrubs worn by nurses and doctors.

The evolution of the nurse uniform has reflected society’s view of the industry, as well as the increased roles and responsibilities nurses have in the medical world.

  

 

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How to Have Less Mess: Getting Yourself Organized 04 April 16 01:54 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

Not only does spring mark the gentle transition into warmer weather, it’s also an opportune time for healthcare professionals to get organized. Trying to tame your tote bag or pare down your pockets? These four smart spring cleaning tips will help you get organized, from home to the hospital and back again!

1.      Make a List

Busy healthcare professionals have a tough time identifying barriers to organize due to their demanding careers and bustling personal lives. If you have no idea where to start on your quest for organization, write it down. Make a list on an adhesive note pad of everything you absolutely need to clean up – including your office, purse or briefcase, car, and household. Put the most important items on the top of the list so you know where to start.

 

 

2.      Out with the Old

Reducing can be rewarded in relaxation. The less stuff you own, the less you have to organize. Look at the list you wrote down and set aside time to tackle each item on it, beginning with clearing out the clutter. Not only will this open up more space in your workplace or home, but it’ll also make your tote bag, pockets, and purse lighter. If you find that you’re carrying around too many healthcare supplies or textbooks, determine which items you can store in your office or leave at home to lighten your load.

  

3.      Start Small

Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the task of spring cleaning, begin by taking baby steps. Start by cleaning out and organizing your medical scrub pockets. Is there a nook where you can stash your trauma shears, pocket reference, or stash of pens (just be on the lookout for pen-stealing residents) instead of carrying these items around all shift? Think about storing all of your pocket supplies in a small labeled box at your work station or in your office.

 

After that’s completed, move on to something a bit bigger, such as your desk drawers or the backseat of your car. Not only will completing one task motivate you to do more, it’s a great little stepping stone to a more organized life.

 

4.      Reward Yourself

No tough task should go unrewarded. After you’ve managed to clean and organize a room, bag, or aspect of your life, treat yourself to a tiny prize. This could be purchasing a small medical fashion accessory or taking yourself out to lunch.

 

What tips do you have to tackle spring cleaning and organizational projects?

 

  

 

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Uniformity in Nursing: Making the Transition to Uniforms Easier 29 March 16 01:40 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

 Uniformity in Nursing: Making the Transition to Uniforms Easier

In recent times, there has been a nationwide movement in the healthcare industry to have hospital nurses wear a uniform scrub type and color that is unique to their facility to make them easily identifiable. While not all nurses are thrilled about this trend, there are many reasons why it should be embraced.

Benefits of Uniforms

Long ago, nurses were easy to distinguish due to the white uniforms and caps the women wore. In giving up those white uniforms, nurses are now often allowed to don a plethora of scrub styles and colors, making it virtually impossible to know with a quick glance who anyone is.

For those on the other side of the bedrail, it makes a significant difference if a hospital requires their nurses to wear specific uniforms or not. Color coded medical scrubs allow patients to immediately identify whether or not a person is a nurse. Introductions are not obligated when entering a patient’s room and name badges can be easily hidden by lab coats, sweaters, or are unreadable from a certain distance.

Additionally, nurses have worked extremely hard to earn their credentials, and it’s essential that they maintain their visibility. They are the primary caregivers of a healthcare institution, and how can patients appreciate their unique role if they blend into a generic blob with all other personnel?

Making the Transition Simple

In order to make the process to wearing uniform scrubs easier for your staff, there are a few things your facility can do, including:

o   List the benefits of uniform scrubs for both staff and patients

o   Hold a meeting to provide your staff with information on uniform scrubs and allow them to voice their opinions

o   Carefully listen to employees who have aversions to the change, and address their issues

o   Provide a simple and affordable method for your staff to purchase scrubs with our hospital shows, group uniform purchasing, and fittings

Saving Money While Buying Medical Scrubs in Bulk

If you have been given the task of helping to choose a supplier for group scrub sales, it is a job that should not be taken lightly. While you want to select the best uniform scrubs for your staff, you also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg purchasing them.

After selecting the type of scrub you need, you can contact the scrubs company to see if they are willing to offer a bulk discount for your facility. If your practice needs embroidery of names and titles or its logo monogrammed on the medical scrubs, ask the company if they can provide that service.

At ADVANCE, we offer a custom designed uniform fulfillment program that many facilities use. Not only can we offer your facility great discounts on bulk purchases, but our in-house team of designers can customize any type of scrub logo. We also provide a lot of custom service to you since this type of purchase has many moving parts.

While the transition to uniform scrubs may seem like a huge feat for both your facility and staff, the change may actually offer everyone tons of benefits. You can make the transition easier by talking to your staff about the benefits, listening to their opinions, and saving money on buying bulk medical scrubs.

 

 

 

 

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5 Things Healthcare Professionals Should Consider When Choosing Scrubs 21 March 16 03:51 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

For many professionals in the healthcare industry, wearing scrubs as a work uniform is a way of life. In fact, a scrub set that includes a loose-fitting top and pants is the standard attire for healthcare workers in the U.S. and several other countries. Many hospitals even have uniform regulations that specify a particular color, cut, and fit.

Whether you’re on or off duty, you want to look and feel your best. And since you’ll be rocking scrubs during 10+ hour shifts, you want to find the perfect pair that compliments your individual style.

Here are five tips to keep in mind when buying the right scrubs, regardless if they’re a fun and bold pattern or a specific color designated by your workplace.

1.      High Quality Scrubs

When you’re on the hunt for medical scrubs, ensure that they are from a trusted manufacturer. You don’t want to be bothered during your hectic shift with loose stitching, washed out color, and linty scrubs. Thankfully, our online store is packed with brands that you can trust, including Barco, Cherokee, Dickies, and Koi.

2.      Necklines

When it comes to selecting a neckline, you’ve got plenty to choose from, including mock wrap, V-neck, round, and square. But how do you know which one is right for you? It’s all about personal style and comfort. As long as your employer is okay with the style aspects, buy the one that makes you feel good.

3.      Fits

As with necklines, scrub fits come in a variety of choices, including trendy, more up-to-date cuts and fits. Scrubs like the Koi Women’s Stretch Naomi feature a form-fitting style, split neckline, and stitching details that accentuate your natural form. It’s important to be aware of your many fit and style choices so that you can find the ideal scrubs for you.

Along with fashion, comfort is also essential in finding the correct fitting scrub. Make sure that your scrub selection gives you enough room to move freely, is figure flattering, and makes you feel comfy and confident all day long. Out new selection of stretch scrubs move with your body and are the perfect combination of comfort and style.

4.      Pockets

Many scrub options come with check pockets and patch pockets. Both of these assets can come in useful when you need quick access to important items, such as a pen, phone, or your ID badge.  While pockets should be a necessity, the type of pocket you pick is up to you. If loading a chest pocket puts distress on your shoulders and neck, opt for patch pockets.

5.      Drawstring vs. Buttons

      When selecting scrub pants that are either drawstring or buttoned, ensure that the pants don’t fall down past your hips or display any inner wear when you bend. This isn’t only unprofessional, but super embarrassing. Before you wear the scrub pants on the job, try them on to guarantee a perfect fit.

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Seven Spring Essentials for Nurses 14 March 16 10:26 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

Now that temperatures are rising and spring is right around the corner, nurses should be loading up on necessities for the new season. From fashionable floral print scrubs and versatile tees to sporty sneakers and beach towels fit for vacation days, here are our top seven spring essential picks for nurses. 

1.      Floral Scrub Top

Nothing represents the coming of spring better than a pretty floral print scrub. This short-sleeved, V-neck scrub top features a gorgeous flora pattern guaranteed to add color to any grey day. The 55% brushed cotton and 45% polyester poplin blend boasts comfort all day long.

2.      “Train Like a Nurse” Ladies Relaxed Jersey Tank  

Get your body beach ready by hitting the gym in this trendy workout tank. Featuring a soft and durable 100% cotton knit, the sporty jersey tank is topped off with our original “Train Like a Nurse” artwork to show support for your profession.

3.      Women’s “Nurse” Sport-Tek Fleece Colorblock Hooded Pullover

Winter may be over but there’s still a chill in the air. Keep snug in this chic pullover. Featuring a cozy polyester construction and moisture-wicking properties, you’ll stay comfortable even while March comes in like a lion.

4.      Monogrammed Superior Weight Beach Towel

Hit the beach in style with these luxurious towels. Measuring 35” by 60”, these soft towels are large enough to lounge on while keeping the sand off. The double-sheared cotton also offers enough room to add a monogram of your hospital’s logo.

5.      Nurse Single Bottle Canvas Wine Tote

Nothing accompanies a spring picnic more perfectly than a nice bottle of bubbly. Slip your favorite bottle of wine in this durable canvas bag. The gusseted bottom offers improved strength and grip during transport and our original “Nurse” logo shows your obsession for your occupation.

6.      Women’s Reebok ZPRINT Athletic Footwear

Take your spring workout routine to the next level with these supportive sneakers. The 3D foot scan is crafted with engineered cushioning for a custom-made fit. The mono mesh upper adds an element of fashion any healthcare professional can appreciate.

7.      “Nurse” Sport Pack

Whether you’re beach bound or headed to the hospital for a long shift, load up all of your essentials into this convenient sport pack. Equipped with a roomy compartment and convenient drawstring closure, this is the perfect companion for traveling, workout, and everyday use.

 

 

8 Essentials for New Nursing Grads 02 March 16 08:57 AM postedby Maria Senior

By Stephanie Weaver - 

Years and years of lugging heavy textbooks around, spending endless hours in the classroom and at clinical, working on term papers until the crack of dawn, and burning both ends of the candle have finally led up to this moment – your graduation. Congrats! You did it!

Now that you’ve entered the working world, there are a few necessities that you should stock up on. From comfy and supportive footwear to easy-breezy scrubs, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight essentials every new nursing grad needs.

1. High Quality Scrubs

In order to get the job done, you need to be dressed for success. These unisex scrub tops come in a plethora of colors to mix and match. Plus, their polyester-cotton blend promises comfort and durability all day long.

2. Supportive Footwear

For workers who will be on their feet for long periods of time, comfortable footwear is a must. These unisex Klogs are designed to accommodate most custom orthotics and arch support inserts, are easy to clean, and odor free. Stay comfy and confident during your entire shift.

3. Stethoscope

Nurses need to be properly equipped to serve their patients. That’s why you need devices that work as hard as you do. This lightweight stethoscope boasts the ultimate in precision for better orientation around blood-pressure cuffs and body contour. The innovative construction allows for extra comfort and portability.

4. Full-Zip Hoodie

Be prepared for those chilly nightshifts with a stylish and cozy hoodie. Crafted from cotton and poly fleece, this hoodie comes in a variety of colors and can be custom altered to sport your hospital’s logo or name.

5. Roomy Tote

Effortlessly bring your equipment, scrubs, lunch, water bottle, and other daily essentials to work and back with a sturdy tote. This bag features a “Nurse” logo to let the world know you love your profession while the zippered main compartment and front pocket have enough storage space for all of your stuff.

6. Badge Holder

Keep your ID conveniently handy with a badge holder. This one comes in a fun scrub-shape design and features a hanging lanyard with a slide-style clip that easily attaches to scrub tops, coats, belts, or bags.

7. Unisex “Super Nurse Practitioner” Tee

When you’re not on the job, you can still show your pride for your profession in this stylish tee. Featuring a Superman-style “NP” logo, this cotton tee is great for lounging around the house or running errands around town.

8. Insulated Hot/Cold Lunch Tote

Save money by bringing your own lunch to work. This premium tote is insulated to accommodate both hot and cold meals. An endearing “Nurse Fairy” logo adds a fun feature.

 

 

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11 Essentials Every New Nurse Should Carry 16 February 16 03:36 PM postedby Maria Senior

By Mia Scioscia - 

If you’re a new nurse or nursing student, you’re probably extremely curious about what you’re expected to carry in your work bag. While everyone’s necessities may vary, we put together a list of 11 essential items that you’ll never regret having on hand.

Medical Bag

First of all, you’re going to need a bag that’s both fashionable and functional. One sturdy bag can last a long time, so be sure to pick one that you’ll love year after year.

Stethoscope

Used to listen to things such as the heart, veins, and intestines to make sure they’re working properly, stethoscopes are one of the most important tools for patient assessment. Stethoscope models range from classic to advanced, so be sure to pick one that fits your department and your budget.

Hand Sanitizer

Nurses know how important it is to keep their hands clean. Steer clear of germs, bacteria and other contagions by carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer with you wherever you go. 

Snacks

When you’re in the middle of a crazy shift, you may not have time to take a break when your stomach is rumbling. Keeping nuts, granola, or protein bars on hand ensure that you’ll be able to have a quick bite no matter how busy you’ll be!

A Sturdy Pair of Scissors

Bandage or utility scissors are useful for cutting medical gauze, dressing, bandages and medical tape. A good nurse always keeps a pair in their pockets for emergency use, especially when it comes to wound care.

A Pen and Paper

Keeping a notebook and pen on hand is an incredibly efficient way to quickly jot down messages, notes, reminders and create patient cheat sheets.

Clipboard

An invaluable tool for nursing professionals and students, the best clipboards are those with multi-tasking properties like the Nurse Assist Clipboard.

Blood Pressure Monitor

A necessity for all medical professionals, blood pressure cuffs don’t have to be boring. Sphygmomanometers come in a range of prints to suit your personality.

Thermometer

Don’t get caught without one! Digital thermometers are great investments because they give accurate readings with one touch of a button!

A Watch

A high-quality watch can help you perform your daily duties. Be sure to look for one with a seconds hand to help you with accurate pulse readings.

A first aid kit

Depending on your department, you may need to pick and choose what will go in your kit. A well-stocked first aid kit usually includes things like bandages, gauze, medical tape, alcohol swabs and a tourniquet.

And don’t forget to bring the most important thing of all—a positive attitude! Having all these essentials will ensure that you set yourself up to provide the best possible care for your patients.

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5 Ways to Stay Happy During a Long Shift 11 February 16 09:24 AM postedby Maria Senior

By Stephanie Weaver - 

Nurses are obligated to work long shifts. But when you’re on your feet for 12-hour durations taking care of patients, your own well-being could be put on the backburner.  As a healthcare professional, your happiness is critical for your physical and mental health, as well as for your work performance and bedside mannerisms. Here are five ways to stay happy during a long shift, even if you’re dealing with impatient patients and have sore feet.

Stay Healthy

Keeping up with your physical health plays an important role when it comes to your mental and emotional welfare. Regular exercise boosts energy, keeping you awake and alert. Not to mention, exercise increases serotonin, your body’s natural happiness drug (but we’re sure you knew that already). On your time off, be sure to hit the gym (or the pavement) two to three times per week. Consider joining a 24-hour gym so you can exercise when it’s convenient for you.

Keep an abundant supply of healthy snacks on hand to ward off fatigue. Nuts, dried fruit, and granola can all be easily stored in your tote bag or in a drawer at the nurse’s station for easy access and consumption. Additionally, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle, such as our stainless steel “SLP Find Your Voice” bottle, close by to sip on when you’re thirsty.

Wear Comfy Shoes

All nurses can appreciate a pair of supportive and comfortable shoes. When you’re constantly on the move, having the proper footwear is essential. Opt for nurse clogs or convenient slip-ons. With a plethora of color and style options to choose from, footwear for nurses is the perfect blend of functionality and fashion.

Have a Solid Support System

When you work long shifts, it’s important to have folks in your life who understand that your work schedule doesn’t sync with their own. Your friends and family should be understanding of your job.

Be sure to schedule time to hang out with your tribe. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a laid back lunch date, hanging out with people who care about you boosts happiness.

Find Joy in the Little Things

It can be tough to take pleasure in your job when you’ve been running around for 10 hours straight. But it’s critical to find joy in mundane tasks or moments. Whether it’s a smiling patient or encouraging words from your boss, basking in little achievements can keep you motivated and happy.

Treat Yourself

Having something to look forward to at the end of a long shift can keep you going.  Schedule a little TLC time for yourself by drawing a nice, warm bath or treat yourself to a fashionable t-shirt for nurses, or pretty jewelry item, such as our “Nurse, Comfort, Kindness” sterling silver finish bracelet

Working long hours can be rocky, but there are many ways that you can maintain your happiness during your long shift. 

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8 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest 26 January 16 01:47 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest

What does a typical day look like for you? If your answer is a ringing phone, screaming kids and a frantic schedule, we sympathize.

When you’re working long hours and trying to balance your home and work responsibilities, it’s difficult to seize the day. That’s why we’re sharing these 8 tips for living each day to the fullest!

1. Act like a kid – Sure, you’re a grown up which means you have to do grown up things like pay the bills and take your car in for inspection. But some days, you just need to have some fun and be a kid again. Maybe, you could go roller skating, play a video game or board game, or just be silly for a little while. You’ll have a blast and feel much better about doing all that boring adult stuff!

2. Take time to appreciate the little things – I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Stop and smell the roses” before. Well, people say it for a reason. When you’re working a busy schedule, sometimes you forget to take a moment for yourself. No matter how hectic your life may be, it’s important to carve out some quiet time to appreciate all the good things in your life. You could take this time to meditate or simply sit and think.

3. Take a walk – The next time you feel overwhelmed by work and your responsibilities, pull on your walking shoes and take a nice stroll down your street or around your neighborhood. The walk will clear your head and give you time to reflect on your life.

4. Work out – Make working out a priority by finding ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule. Working out not only gets you into shape; it also improves your mental health and overall well-being. Whether it’s running or yoga, any physical activity can do wonders for your mood.

5. Let bygones be bygones – Harboring feelings of resentment towards someone only wastes precious time and energy. Everyone gets angry, but you need to let go of grudges as they can hurt you more than the person you’re holding it against. 

6. Sing at the top of your lungs – Whether you sing in the shower, the car or at karaoke night, it doesn’t matter. Even if you’re the worst singer in the world and completely tone deaf, singing can help uplift your mood and is loads of fun. So, we encourage you to let out your inner Beyoncé.

7. Get some shut-eye – You may have a million things to do and no time to do them, but you’re not helping anyone if you’re going through the motions like a zombie. Getting a good night’s sleep can help your mood, improve your memory and increase your focus. Plus, no one wants to deal with you when you’re cranky.

8. Be creative – Expressing your creative side can help you let go of negative feelings. You could try painting, knitting or a DIY project. If you’re more of a writer, writing in a journal may help boost your mood.

How do you live life to the fullest? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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8 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food 21 January 16 03:20 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food

While it’s important to reward yourself for your accomplishments, celebrating with junk food might not be the best idea. This is especially the case when you have just reached a weight loss goal.

Instead of going out to eat, check out these 8 healthier ways to reward yourself!

1. Get a manicure or a pedicure – When was the last time you had your nails done? If you can’t remember, it may be time to go to the salon! If you don’t want to pay to have them professionally done, then do your own. You’ll still be pampering yourself and feel better afterwards.

2. Take some me time – Try to set aside some time each week to do something for yourself. You could read a favorite book, go for a walk, listen to music or watch a movie. It’s all up to you!

3. Go shopping – Whether you’re buying new shoes or a kitchen appliance, shopping makes for a fun experience! Especially when you’re treating yourself to something you’ve been wanting for ages!

 

4. Get a massage – Nothing relaxes you like a professional massage or some spa time. You’ll feel like a whole new you!

5. Plan a movie night – Have a fun night at the movies with a friend or a family member. You’ll finally see that movie you’ve been dying to see, and you’ll have an enjoyable night! Remember to skip the popcorn though. 

6. Visit a local attraction – Make the most of your day off and check out a local museum or tourist attraction. You’ll have a fun field trip and learn more about your town or city!    

7. Take a day trip – A weekend getaway or a day trip is a great way to celebrate your recent achievements! You could grab some friends and spend the day at the beach or go hiking with the family. Make sure you pack some healthy snacks in a lunch bag to avoid the temptation of junk food!

8. Get a good night’s sleep – What better way to reward yourself than a good night’s sleep? Take certain steps to ensure that you’ll sleep the whole night through. Help yourself wind down in the evening by using aromatherapy oils or taking a bubble bath.

How do you reward yourself for a job well done? Let us know!

Do you need a gift for someone in the healthcare profession? Or are you looking to treat yourself? Check out our large selection of unique medical novelty gifts.

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5 Tips For Getting Out of Bed on Cold Mornings 19 January 16 01:23 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

5 Tips For Getting Out of Bed on Cold Mornings

If you’re not a morning person, you’re not alone. Waking up in the morning and crawling out of bed is never easy, but it’s even more difficult to do so in the cold winter months.

Staying under that warm, cozy blanket is tempting when you think of your work responsibilities and the hectic day ahead of you. That’s why we’re sharing some ways to make getting out of bed easier on cold, dark mornings. Even if you work the night shift, these tips are sure to come in handy if you struggle to wake up.

1. Change your alarm sound – Sure, loud, obnoxious alarm tones will do the trick, but they hardly make for a pleasant wake-up experience. Instead, why not choose some classical music or birds chirping or anything that’s preferable to loud wailing noises? These calming sounds contribute to a more natural wake up process where you won’t be tempted to throw your phone across the room.

2. Set your coffee maker’s timer – If you’re a coffee lover like me, nothing wakes you up like the tantalizing aroma of a freshly brewed batch. Getting out of bed on a cold winter’s morning will be so much easier if you know a steaming mug of coffee awaits you.

3. Jump right in the shower – A hot shower first thing in the morning will boost your circulation and feel amazing. To wake up even more, we recommend using a shower gel with mint, lime or another invigorating scent to leave you feeling alert and refreshed.

4. Have something to look forward to – If you need some convincing to roll out of bed, you might want to try focusing on something you actually want to do that morning. Instead of sleeping in, make an effort to wake up earlier so you have time for morning activities that you can look forward to. Maybe, you could drink coffee in bed, read a few pages of a favorite book, enjoy a warm breakfast or just relax for a few minutes before you start another busy day.

5. Lay out your clothes the night before – If you decide what to wear the night before, you’ll save time in the morning and feel better knowing you can wake up and simply get dressed. After all, there’s nothing worse than searching endlessly for a scrub top or a misplaced sock when you’re already running late. 

How do you force yourself out of bed in the mornings? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Need help fighting off the elements? Stay warm with our large selection of customized jackets for healthcare professionals.

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6 Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather 14 January 16 02:18 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather

Do you want to build a snowman? Some of you may be thinking, yes, I’d love to participate in cold weather fun! But if you’re like me, you’d much rather be curled up indoors, wrapped in a cozy blanket by the fire.

I’m sure, if we had the choice, we’d all prefer staying inside where it’s warm rather than braving the cold outdoors. But, unfortunately, this is not the case for hard-working healthcare professionals who have to travel to their workplace rain or shine or snow.

Luckily for these healthcare workers, we have some helpful suggestions for staying warm in even the coldest weather. On top of your scarf, hat and coat, try these tips if you’re having trouble warming up!

1. Layer up – This may seem obvious, but we want to address it nonetheless. Along with your usual sweater and jacket, we suggest that you also wear an under-layer – a layer that would go under your normal clothing. Maybe, you could wear stockings, leg warmers or a thermal shirt – whatever keeps you nice and toasty.

2. Take advantage of warming materials – At first, you may think it’s silly to carry around travel mugs of soup or wear heated gloves, but you’ll appreciate them when you’re walking outdoors in frigid temps. If you’re outside for long periods of time on your work commute or while running errands, you could even try stuffing your coat pockets with reusable hand warmers.

3. Wear clothing that fits you – We know you want to look good and can understand the appeal of form-fitting clothes. But when you’re venturing outside in cold weather, it’s important that you wear clothes that are the right size. When your clothing is too tight, you’ll have trouble staying warm and comfortable.  Instead, try to find clothing that provides a protective layer between your skin and the environment, such as looser pants or a larger coat.

4. Prepare your bed – There’s nothing worse than climbing into bed after a long day, only to feel icy cold sheets against your skin. If you’ve had this issue, try placing a hot water bottle under the blankets in the lower center of the bed, or you could throw your bedding into the dryer for 10-20 minutes on medium or high heat.

5. Bake something – Winter is the perfect time to bake! Whether you bake cookies or a casserole, it doesn’t matter. The act of turning on and heating up the oven will make the room nice and warm.

6. Drink something hot – Maybe, you’re a tea person. Or perhaps, you need to start your day off with a cup of coffee. Either way, a mug filled with your favorite hot beverage will help keep you warm from the inside out. If you’re tempted to spike that beverage, be careful, as alcohol may have you feeling warmer but it actually lowers your body temperature.

How about you? How do you stay warm in the brutally cold months of winter? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

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6 Tips on Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick 07 January 16 12:23 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Tips on Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

It’s a new year, and you know what that means – time for New Year’s Resolutions! When you’re overwhelmed with home and workplace responsibilities, sticking with your goals can be tough. But it’s important to stay in good health and realize your full potential.

If you struggle with keeping your resolutions, try these 6 ways for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. 

 

1. Make a shorter list – Instead of committing yourself to a large number of goals, it’s better to focus on two or three resolutions that you truly want. You’ll feel less overwhelmed and have a better chance of following through.

2. Be specific – When you’re making a list of your New Year’s resolutions, it’s very important that you outline a specific goal. Instead of stating that you’ll work out more, you could set aside certain times of the week for exercise.

3. Create a plan – Before you make a New Year’s resolution, map out a strategy for making that goal a reality. Write down a series of smaller steps that you will need to complete rather than starting off with one daunting task.

4. Be realistic – Don’t chase after unattainable goals; you’re only setting yourself up for failure. For example, cutting chocolate out of your diet entirely may not be the wisest move if it’s your favorite food. Instead, you could set a goal for eating chocolate less or only so many times a month. The same goes for spending less money. Avoiding malls or stores altogether could result in disaster, so set yourself a reasonable budget or only go clothes shopping every so often.

5. Talk about it – Don’t keep your resolutions to yourself. Share your New Year’s resolutions with your friends and family so they can support your efforts and keep you motivated. If you can, find a friend with the same goal so you can work together and strengthen your resolve.

6. Reward yourself – If your resolution is to eat better, you may not want to treat yourself to a box of chocolates, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your success in some other way. You could reward yourself with a shopping trip, a pedicure or a fun gift just for you!

What are your 2016 goals? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

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6 Tips for Waking Up Earlier 17 December 15 03:57 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Tips for Waking Up Earlier

Whether you’re waking up bright and early, or rolling out of bed for the night shift, leaving the comfort of your bed is never an easy task. Somehow, your hand keeps reaching for the snooze button, and before you know it, you’re in a mad rush to get dressed and out the door.

Getting out of bed faster and starting your work day off right shouldn’t be so difficult. Conquer those hours before work by using these tips for waking up earlier. 

1. Use a different alarm clock – When you’re sleeping soundly, a traditional alarm clock just doesn’t do the trick. And there’s always the snooze button to contend with. Instead of using your run of the mill alarm clock, or even your cellphone alarm, you may want to invest in a unique alarm clock that forces you out of bed. Some alarm clocks have you chase them, while others challenge you with a puzzle you must finish to shut off the alarm.

2. Wake up a minute earlier each day – If you want to wake up half an hour earlier than usual, but can’t seem to find the motivation, why not start off small? Help your body adjust to the new time by setting your alarm one minute earlier each day. Then, you’ll have an easier time reaching your goal. 

3. Manipulate your environment – Getting out of bed will be so much easier if you create an environment that’s conducive to waking up. Maybe, you could place a cozy robe or sweatshirt by the bed, or you could move your alarm clock across the room. Once you’ve gotten up to turn off the alarm, you’ll be less likely to return to bed.

4. Lay your clothes out the night before – Be prepared and lay out all of your clothes, scrubs, shoes or any accessories you may need before you go to bed. Then you won’t have to decide on what to wear after waking up. Knowing that’s taken care of can help you wake up in the morning.

5. Have a reason to wake up earlier – Are there chores that need to be done? Maybe, the dog needs to be walked? Do you want to really enjoy your cup of coffee and watch some TV? Whatever the reason, having something productive to do will make waking up easier.

6. Let people know you’re waking up earlier – Telling people that you’re waking up earlier will actually hold you accountable. Then if you end up sleeping in, you may feel ashamed for fibbing.

So, what about you? What tricks do you have for waking up earlier?

Struggling with sleep issues? Sleep the whole night through with these 14 tips for a good night’s sleep.

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