World Suicide Prevention Day

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There has been a lot of talk about suicide lately given the recent, tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams.  However, did you know that every year over 800,000 people die by suicide around the world?  That’s one death every 40 seconds.  World Suicide Prevention Day is a collaboration between the International Association of Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization, and has been raising awareness and celebrating global efforts to prevent suicide since 2003.  This year’s theme focuses on connection:  The connection between governments and organizations around the globe, but also the personal connections that are so vital to individuals at risk of suicide.

It’s important to keep in mind that suicide is simply a symptom.  The real issue is mental illness.  According to MentalHealth.gov one in 20 Americans suffers from a major mental health disorder such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or major depression.  One in 5 American adults will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life.

Unfortunately, there is still a significant amount of stigma surrounding mental illness.  The belief that folks with depression just need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and “get on” with life is prevalent.  Maybe it’s because there is no blood test or any visible signs of trauma like a broken arm, but the affects are just as debilitating as any other chronic illness.  Because of this stigma, people have a tendency not to talk about their struggles, which perpetuates the problem.  This silence makes those who are struggling feel alone in their journey and their friends and family don’t know how to help them.

That’s why connections are so crucial.  According to the official World Suicide Prevention Day website, “Studies have shown that social isolation can increase the risk of suicide and, conversely, that having strong human bonds can be protective against it.”  In addition to friends and family, healthcare workers can play an important role in creating and cultivating connections for a patient.  Life in scrubs is hectic and sometimes it can be easy to forget that simply connecting with a patient on a human level can be the greatest gift.  So what signs should you be watching for in your patients, as well as your friends and family?

According to the National Council for Suicide Prevention, these are some of the common signs that a person may be dealing with a mental issue:

  • Depression or apathy that interferes with obligations or participating in social activities
  • Lack of coping skills around day-to-day problems or extreme reactions to certain situations
  • Extreme highs, referred to as mania, that may include rushed thoughts, bursts of energy, sleeplessness and compulsive behavior (like excessive spending or promiscuous sexual behavior)
  • Severe anxiety or stress
  • Constant feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

It’s hard to know what to say to someone who is experiencing mental issues.  Keep in mind that there is no magic response, nothing that you can say that will take away their pain or trauma.  And it is not your responsibility to cure them.  What you can do, though, is listen without judgment.  Encourage them to seek professional help and reassure them that the situation, although difficult and overwhelming, is not hopeless and that you and many others are there for them.

World Suicide Prevention Day is a great time to research the resources that are available to you and your patients.  That way you will know what tools you have to work with before a crisis arises.  You can always call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night!

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For more resources and information, see the following links.

No matter what you are going through, reach out for help!  There is always hope!

CELEBRAT10N September

Cherokee Workwear is proudly celebrating 10 years of delivering reliable, durable, comfortable scrubs to countless healthcare heroes around the world. From day one, the goal has been to design professional uniforms that are as original and versatile as the people who wear them.

To demonstrate that unique versatility, 10 nurses form Children’s Hospital Los Angeles volunteered to model Cherokee Workwear for the spring 2014 catalog. At the same time, they shared their insights, inspiration and stories—unique to them, but universal to nurses and medical professionals everywhere—filled with humor, wisdom, advice and heartfelt emotion. 

Emily Lloyd, a neonatal nurse, shares the joy she feels not only working with her young patients, but also getting to know their families and being able to provide them with care and support. Following her passion for pediatrics, Emily loves how rewarding the field of nursing can be, and she is inspired by her fellow nurses every single day.

All Things Pumpkin

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It’s that time of year again.  Labor Day is behind us.  We’re packing away the pool floats and replacing them with book bags.  You know what that means, right?  Time to bring on ALL THE PUMPKIN!  In fact September, October and November should really just be called WooHoo Pumpkin Month, Bring On All The Pumpkin Month, and Ok, I’ll Take Some Pumpkin Month.  Followed by Dear God No More Pumpkin Month, also known as December.  Starbucks brought back their Pumpkin Spice Latte early this year (which apparently we are shortening to just PSL, this year ::side eye::).  So, we decided it was about time to devote a blog to the mighty pumpkin.

A little bit of the back-story first.  An episode of VH1’s Behind the Music: Pumpkin, if you will.  The pumpkin is thought to be native to North America, which may be how it became such a celebrated squash.  It’s also one of the largest crops in the US.  Approximately 1.5 billion pounds are produced each year.  That’s a lot of PSL’s!  (We seriously cannot get behind that trend!  Plus if you’ve been watching your Facebook newsfeed, and not living under a rock, you’ve probably seen that there’s no actual pumpkin in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  Maybe that’s why they shortened it!)

A long time symbol of harvest time, a Halloween tradition and, a staple on the Thanksgiving dinner table, the pumpkin really come into its own in 2006 when Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  From then on, it has been pumpkin EVERYTHING!!  With or without the hype, pumpkins are high in vitamin A and fiber and low in calories, making them a great addition to many recipes.  Looking for some inspiration?  We’ve put together an All Things Pumpkin board over on Pinterest!  Check it out and tag us in your favorite pins!

Muffins, pancakes, and lattes aren’t the only place to show your pumpkin pride though!  You can even get pumpkin scrubs!  Don’t believe us?  Check out these adorable white and orange pumpkin scrubs!

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Prefer the adorably spooky look?  Check out these!

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Which ever you prefer, all of our Tafford Prints are 25% off today (9/3) – September 31st!  So whether you’re a pumpkin lover or ready for the month of the snowflake, stock up now!

#TaffordStyle: Labor Day

Life in scrubs is challenging!  Life in scrubs while growing a human being is even more challenging!  In honor of Labor Day we are celebrating all the pregnant medical professionals out there.  Thankfully there are some great maternity scrubs available.  Don’t feel like you have to wait until a certain point in your pregnancy to buy them, though.  If you’re going to invest in new scrubs you might as well purchase them early and get lots of use out of them!  Today we are featuring a great set from Cherokee.  The full panel scrub pants are especially great for those later months.  The panel helps keep your pants from creeping down and gives some light support to your growing bump.  For even more support, though don’t hesitate to get a support brace.  Although great for any medical professional, a good pair of compression socks can make pregnancy much easier on your feet and legs.  Speaking of, it’s not uncommon to need to go up a shoe size while you’re pregnant, so don’t wait until you are limping to get a new pair!

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#TaffordStyle: Grey’s Anatomy

The new season of Grey’s Anatomy is right around the corner, but there’s no need to wait.  You can wear the same scrubs as the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital all year long.  Have you been thinking about trying this line or any of the others from Barco?  This is the perfect times since all Barco scrub lines (NrG, ICU, Grey’s Anatomy, and Barco) are 20% off through August 31st!  Unfortunately, McDreamy isn’t included!

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May the Force Be With You

Obi-Wan Kenobi may have been Princess Leia’s only hope, but if you’re hope is Star Wars themed scrubs then Tafford has come to your rescue!!  We work very hard to bring you the latest fashions in scrub style, both through our private Tafford lines as well as the brands we resale.  Now, thanks to Tooniforms by Cherokee, we are bringing Geek Chic to the hardworking medical professionals.

Are you a rebel?  Do you always stand on the side of right, even when it isn’t easy?  When asked what princess you wanted to be as a kid, did you say Princess Leia?  Do you think the “C” in C3PO stands for “cute”?  Then this pink accented, V-neck scrub top is for you!  Outfitted with stretchy side panels in contrasting knit, and two roomy inseam pockets you’ll be ready to take on whatever the Empire (err.., we mean patients) can throw at you!

Star Wars Scrubs

Are you known for needing your coffee before anyone is allowed to talk to you?  Do you secretly prefer the dark side?  We hear they have cookies!  Then this elegant black V-neck scrub top is for you!  With the same stretchy side panels, these tops will move with you so well you’ll be able to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

Star Wars Scrubs

So regardless of whether you work on the peds floor with a bunch of young padawans or just like to let your geek flag fly, make sure and tell all your friends, “That’s no moon!!  THAT’S NEW STAR WARS SCRUBS FROM TOONIFORMS BY CHEROKEE!”  It’s ok.  They’ll roll their eyes, but they’re probably used to it by now.

 

P.S. Han shot first!

#TaffordStyle: Black is the New Black

Women have curves, so we’ve created our Tafford Plus Size collection specially designed to fit and flatter those curves! With features like longer tops, fuller sleeves, smooth waistbands and roomier scrub pants this line gives you the confidence to be the professional you are. Today we are pairing our Tafford Plus Size V Neck D Ring scrub tops with our Flare Leg pants in ever classic and slimming black. Jackets can add bulk, so we’ve chosen an undershirt to add both warmth and a pop of color. Regardless of what the experts say about full figured style though, the best look for you is the one that makes you feel most confident!

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#TaffordStyle: Surf’s Up

School may be starting and the summer coming to an end. (Seriously Labor Day is right around the corner!) but, you can bring the tranquility of the ocean to your next shift with today’s #taffordstyle. Featuring Tafford Essentials Stretch Notch Neck scrub top in Coastal Surf you can have a little bit of summer all year long.

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CELEBRAT10N August

Cherokee Workwear is proudly celebrating 10 years of delivering reliable, durable, comfortable scrubs to countless healthcare heroes around the world. From day one, the goal has been to design professional uniforms that are as original and versatile as the people who wear them. To demonstrate that unique versatility, 10 nurses form Children’s Hospital Los Angeles volunteered to model Cherokee Workwear for the spring 2014 catalog. At the same time, they shared their insights, inspiration and stories—unique to them, but universal to nurses and medical professionals everywhere—filled with humor, wisdom, advice and heartfelt emotion.

Jennifer Nam, a pediatric nurse, shares her reasons behind pursuing a career in nursing, the favorite parts of her job as well as the special and meaningful way that she connects with her patients. Jennifer also opens up about the profound significance and impact that her fellow nurses have had on her own life.

#TaffordStyle: You are my Sunshine

There’s nothing lazy about being a healthcare worker! But with today’s outfit you can bring a little of the lazy days of summer to your busy shift. How could you be anything but happy around this bright yellow top from Dickies?

Through 8/28 get free shipping when you purchase any 2 or more Dickies items plus up to $25 in rebates! Click here to shop the whole line. See something else you like?  Click on it for more information, or click here to see our entire #taffordstyle Pinterest Board.

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