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Top 6 Scrubs Fashion Blunders 01 September 15 12:45 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

Top 6 Scrubs Fashion Blunders

When you work in the healthcare industry, a professional appearance is essential to your continued success. Stained scrubs or a low-cut top can have others questioning your competence and qualifications.

Many hospitals and healthcare facilities have dress codes you must follow, with some requiring employees to wear certain colors. But even so, there are 6 scrubs fashion faux pas you should always avoid when picking out scrub wear. 


1. Avoid revealing clothing - Patients expect a certain level of professionalism when they enter an office or facility, and deep v-necks or underwear peeking out of scrub pants can undermine your professional image. If your scrub top features a low-cut neckline, make sure you wear a camisole or t-shirt underneath. Avoid low riders as no one wants to see what underwear you’re wearing, even if it’s your favorite pair. Look for popular brand name scrubs, such as Dickies, Cherokee or WonderWink™. These established brands offer scrub wear that’s tasteful yet chic at the same time.

2. Keep your scrub wear clean – During a normal workday, your scrubs can get covered with anything from food to chemicals to blood. That’s why it’s important that you wash your scrub wear regularly to remove stains and keep them fresh. Filthy scrubs not only appear unprofessional, but also unhygienic. After you’ve washed them, take a closer look at your scrubs and make sure all stains have been removed. Even if you think that stain is barely noticeable, someone is likely to see it.

3. Choose the right pant length – It’s doubtful you’re working in knee deep water, so don’t dress for it. Your scrub pants should end at your ankle and not before. Scrubs come in a variety of lengths, so find a pant size that fits your inseam and be careful you don’t shrink them in the wash.

4. Choose the right size – Scrubs can flatter your figure without being super tight. Save your skin-tight clothing for a night out on the town, and pick scrub wear in a size that fits your body. You’ll feel more comfortable during those long hour shifts and look more professional as well. Scrubs are made in all sizes, so there’s no reason for wearing tight scrub tops or baggy pants. Make sure to try scrub wear on before you buy it or find an online seller that offers free returns.


5. Be mindful of unprofessional patterns  – If your scrub top features a pattern that’s so brightly colored, it hurts the eyes, it might be time to invest in some new scrubs. When you choose your scrubs, consider your workplace and the colors you’re choosing. If you work in pediatrics, then wearing a kid-friendly scrub top is completely understandable. But if you’re in the ER, you might want to wear something other than that Frozen scrub top.

6. Update your scrub wear – If you’re finding rips or stains on your scrub tops or pants, it may be time to retire them. It’s no secret that a healthcare professional’s job can be physically demanding, and eventually, even scrubs of the highest quality will give in to wear and tear. Maintain your professional appearance by updating your scrub wear periodically. When your scrub sets have seen better days, replace them with brand new scrub wear that will have you feeling unstoppable. 

When you’re a healthcare professional, you want to be taken seriously. That’s why it’s important to pick attire that is appropriate for your work setting. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear fun print scrub tops or stylish scrubs if your dress code allows for it, but you should always look neat and professional.

8 Ways to Start Your Work Day off Right 27 August 15 11:10 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller

 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 bag, backpack, 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 with exercise 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 better start.

10 Things You Should Never Say to Coworkers 25 August 15 12:48 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

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 yourself. 

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 meeting.

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 steam.

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!

8 Bad Work Habits that Healthcare Professionals Should Steer Clear Of 20 August 15 01:18 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

 8 Bad 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 professional.

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 your behaviors.

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 18 August 15 01:21 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller


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.


1. Cherokee “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 Top

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 Scrub Top

The Cherokee “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 Scrub Top

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!

9 Inspirational Quotes for Healthcare Workers 13 August 15 12:43 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

9 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.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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 11 August 15 03:25 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

10 Ways to Stay Happy During a Long Shift

Healthcare professionals 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 overall.

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.


6. 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 later.


7. Wear 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.

10. 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 Must Have Nursing School Supplies 06 August 15 08:36 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller

10 Essential Nursing School Supplies 

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 roomy tote bag, messenger 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 important info.

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 disappearing.

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.

Stethoscopes 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, you’re set.

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 tools.

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 portability.

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.

Many 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.

When 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 washing.

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 and Lab Coats 03 August 15 12:20 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

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.

Feel 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 add functionality. 


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 – the Koi 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.

The Koi 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.


The Koi 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 design.

Like what you see? Then snatch up these Koi scrubs and lab coats at a discounted price. Hurry before this sale ends!

Essential Summer Scrub Tops for Healthcare Professionals 30 July 15 11:12 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller

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!

Our 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.

The Grey’s 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 28 July 15 10:10 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller

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 shifts.

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 work shift.

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! 

How to Make a Rubber Glove Christmas Tree 23 July 15 11:53 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller

 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 ornaments, Christmas cards and more. What better way to shop ahead of time than with these low prices?

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:

  1. Pick out a quality glove (latex will work better than vinyl for creating a larger shaped balloon).
  2. Blow the gloves up and tie off the ends like balloons.
  3. Create 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.
  4. Build the tree by taping the inflated gloves to the bottom of the cardboard tube and work your way up.
  5. After reaching the top, fill in any empty spaces with tissue paper or printer paper by crumpling it up and sticking it in the gaps.
  6. Decorate 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 our all 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!

Top 5 Nursing Myths Debunked 20 July 15 03:46 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

Top 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 to rest.

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 appreciated.

Are nursing stereotypes getting you down? Treat yourself with one of these popular nursing mugs!
ADVANCE Healthcare Shop: Christmas in July 2015 Sale 16 July 15 08:38 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller


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 hour shifts?


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!

ADVANCE Healthcare Shop: Dansko, Sanita, Grey's Anatomy Shoe Sale 14 July 15 10:33 AM postedby Courtney Feairheller

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 the Sanita Professional Beatnik multi-color patent leather clog.

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 leather shoe.

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! 

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