#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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New Tafford Plus Size Collection

The Scrub Life comes in all shapes and sizes, and we think your scrubs should too.  That’s why we are super excited to debut our first dedicated plus size line of scrubs.  Although Tafford Essentials and Tafford Essentials Stretch lines have always offered plus sizes, this line is specifically designed to flatter and fit and takes into account, the feedback we’ve received from our full figured professionals.

So what makes them different?  It’s all in the details. The tops are longer, so you can move around freely without worrying about things riding up.  Speaking of riding up… all the pants in the collection are designed specifically for women with curves, giving you a generous fit in the hips and rises that won’t pinch or pull.  On the other hand they have smooth comfortable knit waistbands instead of bulky drawstrings for both comfort and a sliming effect.  Additionally the colorblock styling and pretty necklines are designed to be both attractive and comfortable, giving you the confidence to move around without worry.

Tafford Plus Size Scrubs

The new line is made from the same comfortable fabric as our Essentials Stretch collection so if you already have a favorite piece, the new line will match perfectly.  The new line consists of four scrub tops and for pants styles, all of which come in ten different colors.  They are available in sizes 1X through 5X in all styles.  If you wear an XL currently, you’ll want to order a size 1X in the new collection.

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Still not convinced?  How about tagless neck labels?  You know you wished you had that when you came back sunburned from the beach.  But that’s ok.  That’s what you get for posting all those “wish you were here” pics on Facebook.  Where were we?  Oh yeah… Pick from a comfortable flare leg or straight leg styling and even convenient cargo pockets.  The tops have easy entry front patch pockets and side vents again for comfort and convenience.

So, what do you think?  You ready to give them a try?  Shop the whole Plus Size Scrubs collection here.  Still want to see more, check out the new collection’s dedicated about page here.

And be watching our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram because there might be celebrating the launch with some fun giveaways. You didn’t hear that from us though! Shhhhh….

Dealing with Difficult Patients

Life in scrubs can be one of the most rewarding career paths out there, but it can also be one of the hardest.  The work can be demanding, the schedule can be demanding, and the patients can be demanding.  Although many of us get into the field because we want to help people, it’s ok to admit that patients can be our most and LEAST favorite part of the job.  We’ve put together a few tips to keep in mind when working with difficult patients.

Be aware of your own emotional state.  As much as we’d like to think we leave our personal lives at the front door, the truth is we are affected by our experiences.  Pain or trauma in our past can be triggered by lots of things including our patients, and that’s perfectly reasonable.  However, it’s important to acknowledge to yourself when something has touched a nerve.  You want to make sure that you are dealing with the present situation and not a ghost from your past.  Sometimes a minute to catch your breath is all you need, but if you find yourself having a hard time consider taking advantages of the mental health resources available to you.

Put yourself in their shoes… or compression stockings.  The medical profession may be second nature to you, but it can be pretty stressful for most patients.  They may have been through something traumatic that landed them in your care, or they may be facing something really scary, or just scared of needles.  Often we feel one emotion but react with another.  It’s easier to be angry than it is to be scared.  Acknowledge the patient’s feelings and try offering them a little extra understanding.

Set good boundaries.  Understanding where a patient is coming from doesn’t mean you allow them to treat you disrespectfully.  Set clear boundaries from the beginning.  Be firm but respectful if those boundaries are violated.  Focus on modeling the respect you expect in return.  “I understand your frustration.  I can’t get you any more pain medication, but I can get a _______________.  Or would you like for me to just sit here with you for a little bit.”

Call for back up.  If your boundaries continue to be violated ask for help!  Life in scrubs is a team sport, and there is always someone there who can help you.  It may just be a personality mismatch and a co-worker can work miracles with this specific patient.  If that won’t work then don’t hesitate to get your supervisor involved.

Find your Zen.  Sometimes no matter how much you’ve try to understand yourself and your patient, you’ve set good boundaries and you’ve asked for help, caring for others can just be down right challenging.  This is when it’s time to refocus on good self-care.  Here’s a great article from Scrubs Magazine about stress relief.  (http://scrubsmag.com/real-advice-on-stress-relief-for-nurses/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=difficultpatients).

 

Now it’s your turn.  What tricks have you found helpful when it comes to dealing with difficult patients.  Leave us a comment here, post to our Facebook wall, or tag us on Twitter (@tafford) or Instagram (@tafforduniforms)!

#TaffordStyle: Wine and Chocolate

The saying may go that “diamonds are a girls best friend” but we beg to differ. We’re pretty sure that wine and chocolate are a girls best friend! With today’s outfit from Koi, you can have both. Although the official names of the colors are Raspberry and Espresso… mmmmm…. raspberry mocha! What were we saying? Oh right!  Koi!  Like something you see?  Click on it for more information, or click here to see our entire #taffordstyle Pinterest Board.

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