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8 Problems Only Nursing Students Can Understand 02 November 16 01:28 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Products from Advance that Are Simply Spook-tacular! 24 October 16 12:47 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

The weather is crisp, the leaves are changing to fiery hues, and ghosts and goblins are roaming the streets. That can only mean one thing – Halloween! If you love celebrating the season, ADVANCE has some seriously sinister Halloween goodies that will help you feel spook-tacularly stylish!

Halloween Scrunchie

Keep your hair from resembling the bouffant of Frankenstein’s bride with these Halloween-themed scrunchies. Choose from a plethora of playful pumpkins or a gaggle of ghoulish ghosts.

Cutieful Halloween Compression Socks

Spook distress away with these Halloween themed socks while giving yourself a boost of much needed comfort and circulation during those long shifts.

Cherokee Women’s “Spooky Cats” Halloween Scrub Warm-Up Jacket

These costumed kitties are in the mood to say “Boo!” How about you? Cotton warm-up features a snap front, a cell phone pocket and long sleeves with elasticized cuffs. Two front patch pockets are roomy enough to stuff with all of your favorite Halloween goodies! 

Cherokee Workwear Halloween Bats Long Sleeve Tee

Scare up plenty of compliments with this long sleeved Halloween tee! This burn-out knit top features a whimsical holiday bat design and crew neckline. Fashioned from a comfortable fusion of cotton and polyester, you’ll love this top right off the bat!


“Saying Boo! Won’t Scare Me, I’m an SLP” Button

Get your patients and co-workers in the Halloween spirit with this original button designed especially for SLPs by our award-winning artists. Measuring 2.5” in diameter, it safely pins to scrub tops, lab coats, or jackets.

 Halloween Peek-a-Boo Bat Pen

Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, or ghosts. You expect them to pop up from behind the curtain or the grave, but not from the top of your pen. Surprise co-workers and patients with these hilarious Halloween-themed pens featuring an assortment of creepy characters to choose from.

Halloween Bobble Light-Up Pen

Have some fun at work with this functional Halloween treat. Sure to entertain patients and coworkers, the head of the pen bobbles around—and even lights up—whenever you write!

Trick Or Treat Self-Adhesive Decorations

Dress up your department or office with these reusable and removable decorations. Spelling out “Trick or Treat,” it’s accented by bats and pumpkins.

Landau’s Children 3-Pocket Lab Coat  

Outfit your tot with future dreams of being a doctor in this authentic lab coat! Perfect for Halloween or playtime, it’s equipped with two front patch pockets and one chest pocket.

What are your plans for Halloween? Tell us in the comments below!


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How to Find Cute, Functional Nursing Shoes 27 September 16 12:57 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

If you’re a nurse, or a healthcare professional, chances are you’re on your feet four or five days a week, for eight or more hours a day. All of that standing, walking or running (think patient who needs your assistance for a medical emergency right away) can take a definite toll on your soles. When you’re constantly on the move, it’s critical to find footwear that helps you glide effortlessly throughout your shift with support and comfort. But for the fashion savvy nurses out there, form is just as important as functionality.

Brands Doing It Best

This is why tons of health-conscious shoe brands, such as Klogs and Dansko, are steeping in the direction of trend-setting fashion without sacrificing comfort. Let’s take a look at a few of the big name brands making the change, as well as some tips on how to buy comfy and fashion-forward nurse shoes.

            Dansko – This PA-based company gives hard-working feet the stability and support they deserve. Their colorful clogs come in a large variety of colors, textures, and hues including black leather, reptile, cobalt, and mocha. If clogs aren’t your thing, Dansko also makes a wide range of stylish sneakers.

            Klogs - A longtime favorite for their fashion and function, they offer a long line of polyurethane and leather clog in a variety of styles and colors.

            Akesso – These shoes comfort for those who are on their feet all day, as well as safety for those where slips, trips, spills. And falls can occur. Akesso recently designed two new lines -- the Helia and Carraria - both of which have the look and feel of a casual athletic shoe with the added durability and safety of traditional healthcare footwear.

Timberland – Designed to meet nurses’ needs, Timberland shoes feature an exclusive Anti-Fatigue technology created for healthcare professionals who spend long hours on their feet.

Finding the Right Shoes for Your Needs

When it comes to which shoe fits the best, it’s about the perfect style, size, and support. Here are some tips to find the ultimate nursing shoes for your needs:

Measure Your Feet. Even as adults, our feet can change in size. Even if the change is slight, it can make a big difference when it comes to the shoe fitting properly. Consider your own feet when on the search for a comfortable shoe. Everyone’s are different, so the shoes your friend wears may not be the “right fit” for you.

Measure Both Feet. Everyone has a slight size difference when it comes to their feet. Ensure you shop for the larger foot.

Measure Your Feet Standing and at the End of Your Shift. If you do this, you can take swelling into account.

Mind Your Arches. A lot of folks have differing lengths and heights in their arches. This will make a huge difference in the fit of your shoe and why some brands are perfect for some and not others.

They Don’t Have to Be Broken In. Seriously. If the shoes are snug, don’t make the mistake in thinking they need to be broken in. Good shoes will fit properly when you buy them.

Consider Running Shoes. Dansko, as we stated before, as some fabulously fashionable sneaks that cater to runners and healthcare professionals.

Consider Your Style. Do you like floral prints or are you a wild child and prefer reptile? Find a shoe design that caters to your unique style preferences. Trust us when we say there are hundreds of cute shoes to choose from!

Functionality. This is key when it comes to maximum mobility. Find a light-weight shoe that won’t slow you down. Since you’re constantly switching gears, this is critical.

Ask Yourself the Following Questions:

o   What type of foot-bed best contours to your foot shape?

o   Does the insole have enough cushion for your heel?

o   Do you have any special foot conditions you need to take into consideration?

o   Do you have flat arches, wide feet, or plantar fasciitis? Each of these factors will determine what you think is comfortable.

Take time to take care of your feet while putting your best fashion foot forward in functional and stylish shoes. Remember, without healthy feet, you don’t have a leg to stand on. 

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Car Seat Safety: Fast Facts You Need to Know 19 August 16 02:40 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

Whether it’s to the grocery store or daycare, many parents know what it feels like to bolt out of the house, child in tow. When you finally make it to the car, shoes tied and snacks packed, you quickly strap your little one into their car seat and drive away. But is your kid properly and safely strapped in?

Pennsylvania recently issued an important car seat law update, pictured below. When it’s time for you as a healthcare professional to share this news with your patients, it’s critical to know your facts since child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury in infants and children by up to 71%.

 

Car Seat Safety Installation

·         Ensure the car seat base is securely tightened and has no wiggle room.

·         Angle it as directed by the manufacturer to prevent your child’s head from dangerously flopping forward.

·         Make sure there is adequate spacing between the front seat and the car seat.

·         Check the harness straps that they slip through the height-appropriate harness slots (this should be at shoulder or below level for rear facing and at or above the shoulder for forward facing car seats).

·         The harness clips should be level with the kid’s armpits.

·         There should be no slack. You shouldn’t be able to pinch the harness.

As your child grows, it is equally vital to get them the appropriate car seat for their age, weight, and height.

·         Rear Facing Child Seat (Ages 0 – 2, less than 30 pounds)

·         Rear Facing or Forward Facing Child Safety Seat (Ages 2 – 4, up to 40 pounds)

·         Booster Seat (Ages 4 – 8, less than 57 inches tall)

·         Vehicles Seat Belt (Ages 8 – 17, more than 57 inches tall)

Busy parents spend loads of time in the car with their children. Take the extra time to ensure your child is restrained properly and it will truly mean the difference between life and death. 

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When in White – A History of the Lab Coat 12 August 16 03:16 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

For more than a century, the white lab coat has served as a pre-eminent symbol of physicians. A child’s earliest memory of a doctor’s visit is being treated by somebody donning a white coat. At almost every med school, the first emblematic act is the “White Coat Ceremony” coined by Arnold P. Gold, MD.

Surprisingly, before the late 19th century, doctors wore black garbs. The dark color was considered formal (e.g. today’s tuxedo). Since medical encounters with patients were viewed as serious matters, physicians wore black around the clock. Additionally, until the late 1800’s, an encounter with a doctor was rarely seen as beneficial to the patient, making the dark uniform synonymous with death. Prior to the 1900’s, most medicine was generally seen as a hazardous province of fraudulence and quackery.

Around the turn of the 20th century, medicine transformed into the scientific enterprise we are familiar with today. The knee-length coat transferred over from laboratory science into medicine. The “pureness” of medicine was now reflected in the white garments of both doctors and nurses. The white lab coat continued on as an embodiment of respect and a symbol for medicine, eclipsing a physician’s stethoscope or black bag.  Many patients view the white lab coat as a “cloak of compassion” and a representation of the excellent care they expect to receive from their doctor.

Besides doctors, many other healthcare professionals wear white lab coats now too, including NP’s, PA’s, and managers of other departments.

White Swan was one of the first companies to start offering white lab coats to physicians. White Swan has been providing medical professionals with lab coats, scrubs, and more for 100 years. Originating in New York City in 1916, the company is devoted to offering premium scrubs and other clothing to their customers.

From symbolizing premium care and compassion to representing a medical student’s first ceremony in school, the white coat stands as a sign of how far medicine has come.

 

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Get in Shape While on the Hunt for Mews 27 July 16 06:18 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 On our last post, we provided tips on how to stay safe while on the hunt for Pokemon. Now we’re bringing you strategies on how this engaging and real-time game can trim your waistline and get you fit.

Pokemon Go is much more than just an entertaining app – it’s a great way to get exercise. From walking miles to hatch eggs to roaming around town in search of the nearest gym, Pokemon Go is getting folks up, out the door, and on their feet.

Here are four fitness tips for Pokemon Go.

1.      Get Your Steps In

Taking a stroll is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. Walking 5,000 to 10,000 steps a day can improve both your mood and body composition, in addition to lowering anxiety. And Pokemon Go has the impetus to get you going! Just be sure to wear some supportive shoes!

Your local coffee hangout or that community center down the street? Those buildings are now refueling stops (Poke Stops) where you can collect balls, eggs, points, and more on your quest to catch them all.  Walk around and hit up as many as you can find!

Taking Fido out? Take him for a longer walk today while playing the game! 

2.      Get Some Air

Are you working long shifts all day inside? On your lunch-break, charge up the app and go on a 30-minute hunt for some Pokemon. You can catch some new ones, reach a higher level, get some fresh air and stretch your legs along the way.

3.      Rep It Up

Take your Pokemon hunt to the next level by mixing it up with lunges, high kicks, and squats. Do five reps of squats every time you catch a new Pokemon. Kick it up a notch by high kicking every time you come across a new Poke Stop. Catch a Pokemon that flies? Do jumping jacks like a creature flapping its wings. The possibilities are endless!

4.      Stay Hydrated

 

 

With all of that walking, you’re going to need to stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle along with you to sip on during your quest for rare Pokemon.

Have you ever used Pokemon Go to squeeze some fitness into your day? How’d it go? 

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7 Tips to Keep Safe While Playing Pokemon Go 18 July 16 04:19 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

Pokemon Go is an excellent way to get outside and get some exercise. But before you head out on your adventure you should learn a few basic safety tips, pack some essentials, and don’t forget to stay comfy as you track down a Snorlax.

Don’t Wander Anywhere You Normally Wouldn’t Go

 

If you wouldn’t normally take your chances walking down a dark alley at 2AM, don’t do it for that rare Muk. Recently, an Oregon man got stabbed when he was playing the game late at night.

The game may rely on real-world places for Pokemon Stops and gyms, but the creatures themselves are mainly randomly generated. This means they can show up inside buildings, in backyards, and behind fences. The game has no idea whether these places are safe or even legal, so use your best judgement.

Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians – Oh My!

It may sound obvious, but stay alert to your surroundings while playing the game. You don’t want to walk in front of a moving vehicle, drown in a giant lake, or slam into another Pokemon Go player while you’re on the lookout for your third Pidgey.

The game has a vibration function that makes your phone rumble when a Pokemon appears. If this feature is on, it’s easy to activate the app, stick it in your pocket, and wait for the vibration.

Keep an Eye on Your Possessions

Pokemon Gyms and Stops are often found in highly populated areas where tons of players can gather. It’s pretty easy for a thief to seize your purse or tote bag when you’re immersed in the game.

Always hold on to your possessions while you’re playing, and be extra mindful of how you’re carrying them. Ensure your bag is closed. It only takes a second for your items to get snatched.

Be Mindful of Predators

There have been tons of scams and shady characters using Pokemon Go to their advantage.  Anything from armed robbers luring victims to a secluded area using Pokemon Stops as bait to bogus accounts sold on eBay have been reported.

Bring Supplies

Summer is prime time for dehydration. If you plan on playing outside for a while, stock up on supplies, especially if you want to hatch an egg. Some eggs require you to walk for miles before they hatch.

Take a water bottle with you, along with plenty of snacks. The last thing you want is to be exhausted and without food or water. Playing this game is a physical activity, so treat it like one. Drink plenty of liquids, take breaks, and don’t overly exert yourself.

Be Courteous

Meeting other players is one of the most fun aspects of the game. That doesn’t mean you should throw basic manners out the window. Be courteous of others around you while playing the game. Never assume somebody else is playing Pokemon Go just because they’re on their phone. Also, don’t trash talk folks just because they’re on Team Valor or Team Mystic. And if somebody playing doesn’t want to be bothered, just leave them alone.

Stay Comfy

Comfortable shoes are critical for walking for long periods of time. Stay on your A-game by sporting comfy and supportive sneakers during your Pokemon scavenges. 

What are your tips for staying safe while enjoying the game?

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5 Tips for Buying Scrubs for Students 27 June 16 01:49 PM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

Just because summer is in full swing doesn’t mean it’s too early to be thinking about scrubs if you’re heading to nursing school or med school in the fall. But with all of the extra costs that come with going to college – think books, tuition, and board – you may not be able to afford fashion-savvy scrubs. Here are five tips to get awesome scrubs without breaking the bank!

Identify Your Needs

Before you set out to scrub shop, check with your school about requirements for scrub color and style. It’s also critical to ask if embroidered patches or logos are necessary. Don’t worry, though – we’ve got you covered! Our scrub shop offers custom embroidery at super affordable prices!

Set a Budget

Don’t blow all of your cash this summer on beach passes and booze. To offset the cost of school scrubs, you’ll need to be fiscally responsible and financially savvy. Think about getting a summer job to stock up on money. Formulate a budget and dedicate a portion of that to paying for school-related items, such as scrubs.  Many schools offer a scrub allowance for incoming students so contact your institutions to find out more.

Quality vs. Quantity

Determine how many times per week you’ll be wearing your scrubs. This enables you to consider how many sets of scrubs you should buy. When it comes to quality vs. quantity, look for versatile pieces that are low in cost but that will last. We offer WonderWink, Cherokee, Grey’s Anatomy, and Dickie’s which are all high-class, low-cost brands.

Select a Style

Scrubs come in many fashionable and functional styles to fit your needs and body type. Opt for scrubs that work as hard as you do, allowing you to stash away your essentials while keeping you feeling and looking great. Here is a short list of available scrub styles:

For Men:

·         scrub shirts with chest pocket

·         v-neck scrub

·         scoop neck scrub

·         scrub pants with elastic

·         scrub pants with drawstring

For Women:

·         scrub shirts with chest pockets

·         scrub shirts with lower pockets

·         v-neck scrub shirt

·         scoop neck scrub

·         mock wrap scrub

·         maternity scrub

·         baby doll scrub

·         empire waist scrub

·         warm-up scrub jacket

·         scrub pants with elastic

·         scrub pants with drawstring

Comfort

You’ll be on your feet all day and working long shifts, so it’s critical to get scrubs that will make you feel confident and comfortable. Amenities like side vents and scoop necks keep you stylish and feeling sharp. Our antimicrobial scrubs keep stain and odor causing bacteria at bay.

If you’re a student about to enter medical school this fall, follow these simple tips to get the best deals on scrubs! 

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Is the World Ready for Pierced and Tattooed Healthcare Workers? 24 May 16 11:48 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

Tattoos and piercings have long been only associated with bikers, sailors, and prisoners. Today, with more than three in 10 Americans rocking body art, they are gaining more social acceptance. In certain professions, however, tattoos may still be frowned upon by employers.

In the medical and healthcare field, most employee handbooks have a section regarding tattoos and piercings. In rare cases, hospital jobs are only available to people with no body ink. However, most healthcare facilities apply minor restrictions that only prohibit excessive and/or offensive tattoos.

Here are a few things you need to know if you’re an inked healthcare professional:

Offensive Tattoos

If you have any tattoos that could be considered offensive, such as ones that promote drug use, display nudity, or can be associated with a gang, it’s best to keep them under wraps.

Large Tattoos

Expansive tattoos that are highly visible may be a potential issue with some companies, especially if your ink covers your neck, arms, and hands.

Tips for Tattoos and Piercings in the Workplace

One of the simplest ways to deal with tattoo-related issues while at work is to keep them covered up. If your current employer’s body art policy is fairly strict, wear clothing that can hide them easily. If you have any facial piercings, remove them before you get to your job. For those of you with neck or face tattoos, wear your hair down to keep them out of sight. If that won’t work, invest in a bottle of heavy-duty concealer that matches your skin tone. Some great brands that hide tattoos well include Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer, Dermablend Leg and Body Cover, and Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer.

As a last resort, you may want to consider removing your tats all together. Laser tattoo removal is not quick or affordable, but it’s the only efficient way to say bye-bye to unwanted ink. Depending on the size and color of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. In some cases, your ink may be removed in two to four visits, though it can take as many as 10 or more sessions. Each session costs about $150 a pop.

What do you think we can learn from tattooed or pierced healthcare professionals? Would you judge a book by its cover?

 

  

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Bed Pans to Bedlam – A Day in the Life of a 19th Century Nurse 19 May 16 11:32 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

Between sore feet, long shifts, and fussy patients, you could be feeling like you’re on the edge of a major meltdown at work. To ease your pain just a tad, let us showcase a typical day on the job for a 19th century nurse.

Lucky you – the nurse who arrives before you didn’t bring in the coals to combat the morning chill. Before you can start attending to your patients, you’ve got to lug in a hefty bag of rocks and load them into the central heating system so that you, the patients, and the rest of the staff don’t freeze to death.

Today, the 150-bed hospital will be staffed with 30 nurses, all nursing students. You ladies are in charge of running the wards, private rooms, operating rooms, the general dispensary, and the eye and ear clinic. When you’re a senior, you can look forward to being sent out on private duty. But, unfortunately, the hospital will get paid for your work, not you.

The rooms are filled with the typical cases of delirious typhoid, dysentery, and abscesses. Your first patient of the day is a drug case, specifically narcotic. You have to keep him awake, and, as soon as possible, get him on his feet and walked around. One method is to use knotted towels, dipped in ice water, which you continuously whack them with to rouse them. This patient you walk up and down the corridor. Staggering, he goes to sleep on his feet. More ice water, more walking.

Four hours into your shift, you’re still making your rounds (42 more to go!) when you hear a loud commotion from ward D. You rush down the hall to see what the fuss is about and realize a delirious patient had escaped. Dressed in only a night shirt and with long roller towels that had been used to confine him to his bed now trailing from his wrists and ankles like streamers, he bolts by you. Leaping down the main staircase, he escapes out the front entrance before the orderly can catch him.

Before you can return to your daily obligations, the doctor on duty requests your help. Being that he is the local surgeon, pediatrician, physician, dentist, and gynecologist, you’re not really sure what the procedure will entail.

The saw is your first clue.

After administering anesthesia, the doctor begins the surgery. The procedure is a success, and the patient is wheeled away to await their wooden prosthetic, that will probably be only a few inches too short.

You’re still way behind on your shift, thanks to the surprise amputation.

Adjusting your large white hat and apron, you precede with the five o’clock temperatures.  After this, you greatly appreciate the rule of two hours of quiet. Placing screens around an empty bed, you take an hour nap.

After the day is finally over, you return to your quaint house to rest before another long shift.

  

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How to have Healthy Relationships as a Healthcare Professional 13 May 16 11:50 AM postedby Stephanie Weaver

 

 As a dedicated healthcare professional, you give your all to your patients and sometimes, you might not have anything left to give at home to your loved ones. Between a demanding career with long shifts, daily obligations, and a bustling social life, your most sacred relationships can get strained in the process. Whether you’re late again for your kid’s dance recital due to last minute patient demands or totally forgot about your best friend’s birthday because of a stressful work week, you need to know that in the end, your career is not where you hang your heart.

Family and friends deserve the same commitment and attention that you give your job. Here are a couple of ways healthcare professionals can keep their relationships “healthy.”

Two Ears vs. One Mouth

You should try to listen twice as much as you speak. Listening carefully to what your loved ones have to say and being fully engaged in the conversation makes them feel, if only for the moment, like the center of your attention. Don’t interject with your opinion and practice mindfulness. Really absorb what they’re telling you without planning what your next line is going to be.

Don’t be a Flake

Nothing is more disrespectful or annoying than somebody that cancels plans at the last minute. If an unexpected emergency comes up at work and you absolutely must break an engagement, tell them immediately. Don’t leave them hanging. If you have dinner plans and you want to bail because you’re just feeling tired after a long day, force yourself to go. You’ll probably have a great time and be glad you did.

Don’t Get Lost in Translation

Healthcare professionals often call this speaking in laymen’s terms when communicating with patients. Remember not everyone understands words and terminology that healthcare workers use. Take the time to thoroughly explain yourself and your side as well as to communicate your interpretation of their side. Ensure that you are both on the same page before moving forward.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Nothing is worse than stirring a slumbering canine from its sleep other than digging up old grudges. Let the past be the past and remember that the present is a gift. Do you get short with those “repeat offenders” at the hospital? No. you remain professional and calm, trying your best to improve the situation. Do the same for your loved ones.

Patience is a Virtue

As you always would with your patients, be patient with your friends and family. Never jump to conclusions without hearing them out and be understanding of their feelings. When you take your time, you both will reap the rewards.

 

 

 

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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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