#TaffordStyle: Rock Star Status

Actors, artists and musicians might be dominating the red carpet, but we think the folks who tirelessly staff our hospitals, medical offices, and veterinary clinics are the real rockstars!  And we are celebrating you in today’s #taffordstyle post.  We stared with this stellar top from Heartsoul scrubs and paired it with their Charmed low rise drawstring cargo pants to form the perfect combination of comfort and rockstar status.  We then added some of our favorite accessories, including the new crystal stethoscope charms and med sleeves from Prestige Medical, because every rockstar needs a little bling.

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Winter Skin Care Tips for Nurses

OK, so winter is not coming (as they say in Game of Thrones) — it’s actually full-on here! As a nurse, your skin already faces work-related stresses, but add winter harshness to that and it’s extra crucial that you take good care of your body’s largest organ.

Here are some helpful winter skin care tips for nurses — to help you stay smooth and healthy in the face of winter conditions:

Cold Weather Woman

Exfoliate and Moisturize 

Seriously. Do these two things like they’re going out of style. Regular exfoliation keeps your skin healthy and allows lotions and other products to properly penetrate and do their job. When it comes to lotions and creams, make sure you’re not sacrificing functionality for scents or packaging. You need a quality, deep-penetrating product for winter months. And be sure to upgrade to a healing ointment like Aquaphor for extra rough patches on knees and elbows.

Protect Your Skin

If you’re in a colder climate this winter, don’t leave the house without covering up with gloves, scarves, hats, warm socks, and whatever else it takes to protect your skin. Also, don’t skimp on the sunscreen just because it’s cold. Be sure to apply it regularly to your face or any other exposed areas.

Sick of bundling? Try a Travel Nursing assignment somewhere warm and opt out of the whole winter thing!

Avoid Dry and Wet Conditions

I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but your skin will benefit from avoiding excessively dry or wet conditions that plague winter months.

When it comes to wet, try to avoid wet socks and other clothing — get them off and get into something dry as soon as you can. Also on the wet front are lovely, relaxing hot baths. I’m a huge fan of these, but they are extremely drying to your skin. Try to cut back on them if you can, and balance things out by mixing in some nice, soothing bath oils.

A major dry enemy? The air! Place humidifier strategically throughout your home and you’ll benefit from more moisture in the air, which will help lead to a more moisturized you.

See a Specialist

If your measures aren’t measuring up, seek help from an esthetician or dermatologist. A professional will be better able to help diagnose, treat, and get your skin glowing again.

I hope these winter skin care tips for nurses are of some help to you. Whether you wait it out for spring or spring off on a Travel Nursing assignment, here’s to warmer times to come!

About the Author: Sarah Wengert is a blogger for Travel Nursing Blogs.com, a resource and entertainment site for past, present, and future Travel Nurses. She’s also the Creative Content Writer at Medical Solutions, a pet-friendly, top Travel Nurse company. Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and singing along to the car radio like no one is watching. 

#TaffordStyle: Luck of the Irish

You’ll have the luck of the Irish every shift with today’s #taffordstyle.  We started with this festive top from our affordable and stylish Tafford Prints line.  Then we combined it with the superior comfort of our Essentials Stretch drawstring scrub pants.  Paired with some of our favorite shamrock green accessories, you’ll think you’ve found the pot at the end of the rainbow.  Speaking of, with our great prices on Littmann Stethoscopes, you won’t need to find that pot of gold to afford a great stethoscope.

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Wonderwink: Scrubs that Change Your Attitude

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Difficult and frustrating days are inevitable when you work in the high-pace, high-stress world of health and wellness. What you wear – how it looks, feels, performs – shouldn’t contribute to the difficulties. Rather, your clothes should be your work accessories, a tool to accomplish what you love more easily. WonderWink scrubs, tops, and pants all work in unison to make your day a little more worry-free and a little less frustrating. In other words, WonderWink uniforms can transform your attitude so that you can transform lives!

Other uniform distributors may have a longer history, but WonderWink represents the new horizon of scrubs, lab coats, and everything the modern healthcare professional needs. If you want fresh, fun, and exciting, then you want WonderWink. From the hottest color choices to the most flattering fits, the scrubs will attract compliments from co-workers as well as people beyond the doors of your clinic or office.

With WonderWink, you can expect the highest quality standards. Each uniform has been handled with delicate intricacy from the initial sketch to the pattern cutting, sewing, fitting, and final perfect touches.

WonderWink has wrap scrub tops in impeccable, one-of-a-kind prints like this WonderWink Easy Fit Boho Soho Shirred Fashion Top. Like the wrap look but want something a little more simple to slip into? Try one of the fun faux wrap tops like the Fogel Fox Printed Mock Wrap Top. Or you could opt for another scrub top look, the classic v-neck, as is this whimsical Hedgehog Bob Printed V-Neck.

Of course, there are practical solids, too, made to fit men and women of all shapes and sizes including a WonderWink Plus line. The newer Four-Stretch line is named for its four-way stretchable fabric meant to work with your body mechanics with lasting durability in each stitch and moisture management that won’t fail.

Wearing WonderWink means feeling and looking your best all day long – but it also means having the best attitude! When you are comfortable and feel like you can express yourself, even while working, you will be able to smile and make a patient’s day that much better! So start your WonderWink wardrobe by shopping through Tafford, the best distributor of the highest uniform brand names!

Nurse Mates Shoes and Accessories

Nurse Mates

Walking, sitting, standing, or going for a lunch break jog – the health care fields are all about acting and reacting on your feet. Because shift hours and schedules can change at a moment’s notice, keeping your feet cool and comfortable is key. What better way to maintain healthy, happy feet than with Nurse Mates Shoes?

Nurse Mates Shoes are the epitome of convenience. Some prefer laces while others want to be able to slip their shoes on quickly without the fuss. There are several types of slip-ons from clogs to velcro or buckled flats. And they come in classic white or black as well as more vibrant patterns such as the Rainbow Snake Print Slip-On or the Bryer Black Kaleidoscope Shoe.

The wide variety of shoes offers a selection of sole types as well, from a wide heel to completely flat, all with a quality tread that grips all types of floors typically found in medical facilities. Even when your clinic has a spill, you’ll be able to safely traverse the floor and reach your destination.

Looking for a few accessories to your wardrobe? Nurse Mates is a tried and true name for the best support hosiery, medical socks, watches, bags, lanyards, and other gear. Sheer hosiery is a classic touch that guarantees optimal support throughout the long days of patient care, and for a little spice in your ensemble you can opt for the heart or white pin dot designs instead.

Show your unique character with other must-haves like a colorful beaded lanyard or the ultimate nursing bag! These little touches help remind you of your strength, courage, and hope on the job – the same strength, courage, and hope you give patients daily.

Celebrate your career in making a difference for others by observing your essential needs as a nurse or medical professional. Nurse Mates shoes and accessories are the durable answer to your every comfort and convenience on the job, and Tafford is happy to supply them to you.

#TaffordStyle: Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month.  We decided that it was the perfect time to celebrate our furry, hairy, scaly, and feathered friends and the amazing folks that take care of them with today’s #taffordstyle.  Whether you actually work with animals or just feel like you work in a zoo, this adorable Give a Dog a Bow-N top from Cherokee Scrubs paired with some of our favorite puppy themed accessories, will put a smile on everyone’s face.  More of a cat person? We’ve got items for you as well!  More of a rubber ducky wearing a nurse’s hat person?  We’ve got that too!  Don’t believe us?  Click here to see!  And please spay or neuter your pets!  For more information on why it’s so important, see the Humane Society’s website.

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How to Avoid Nurse Burnout – by Sarah Wengert

As a nurse, you probably know the feeling: You’re working as hard and long as you can, even skipping breaks and meals, but you still aren’t able to address all of the needs of your patients, their families, and everyone else who depends on you.

Nurse burnout is a term encompassing the mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion nurses face as a result of the demands of the job — particularly in understaffed hospitals and facilities. It is very difficult for the nurses who experience it, and, research has shown it can lead to lower quality — or even harmful — patient care and clinical errors on the job.

Especially in the face of a national nursing shortage, more and more nurses are facing nurse burnout. In addition to the hefty personal toll on individual patients and nurses, nurse burnout also leads to higher turnover, which further worsens conditions in understaffed units and inflates hospital costs.

Here are a few tips for how to avoid nurse burnout:

Take Care of YOU, Too

First, as busy as you may be, remember to take time to check in with yourself, both on and off the clock. How are feeling, physically, mentally, and emotionally? Being aware of how you feel and the triggers for your status — good or bad — can help you adjust when needed.

Be sure to take time for exercise, eating right, and connecting with friends and family — over time you’ll notice that doing so will help you keep your energy up in the long run. Trying things like yoga, deep-breathing techniques, and meditation are also helpful to some nurses.

Remember, self-care is hugely important both to you and your ability to provide great patient care. What’s that old saying about putting your own oxygen mask on first? Not taking care of yourself does your patients no favors either!

Be Honest with Leadership

As you know, even if understaffing is the culprit of a clinical mistake you make on the floor it is still your license which may be in jeopardy. If you believe that you and/or your colleagues are being stretched too thin to the point that it may cause potentially dangerous errors in care, it’s your duty to say something to your leadership. Many nurses worry they will be seen as “the squeaky wheel” if they speak up, but at the end of the day, you will be seen as protecting your patients! Management may not always be aware if you don’t say something and it’s better to voice these important concerns. If you sense your facility’s administration does not care, then you may want to look elsewhere for work. Just remember, when voicing any feedback you have, that it’s important to maintain a positive, professional attitude while doing so.

Try Something New

Maybe it’s time to shake things up. You could try transitioning from hospital to clinic work. Or, you could try Travel Nursing, which allows you to take short-term assignments (usually 4-13 weeks) in locations throughout the country. In addition to the amazing experiences and adventures you’ll have in locations of your choice (Hawaii, anyone?), Travelers also report learning a lot about themselves both personally and professionally. And, it’s great for your resume! Not sure if Travel Nursing is for you? Check out these tips from actual Travelers to get a feel for how to succeed.

I hope these tips on how to avoid nurse burnout are helpful to you in your demanding career as a nurse. Please feel free to share any pointers you’ve learned in the comments, and thanks for everything you do!

About the Author: Sarah Wengert is a blogger for Travel Nursing Blogs.com, a resource and entertainment site for past, present, and future Travel Nurses. She’s also the Creative Content Writer at Medical Solutions, a pet-friendly, top Travel Nurse company. Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and singing along to the car radio like no one is watching. 

 

A New Year, A New Uniform from Med Couture

med couture scrubsThe new year is most often associated with new year resolutions, but what about a new uniform? This year as you set worthy goals for yourself, set equally worthy rewards – like shopping for the most trendy scrubs on the market from Med Couture!

At Med Couture, the belief is that you deserve to feel great and look great all day long, no matter where you are or what you are doing. And in the healthcare industry, you never know what situations or hours you may be facing each day. Be prepared with the ultimate in comfort and fashion; be prepared by wearing Med Couture.

Med Couture was the first company of healthcare apparel to release bright, revitalizing colors (like Pink Sorbet, Cotton Candy, Splash, and Aruba Blue) and 100% cotton material in the 1990’s. Since then, the company has expanded to new realms. Flashy prints like Pink Camo, Fall Complexity, and Hints of Fall have come to center stage. Not interested in prints? That’s okay! Med Couture continues to supply well-crafted solid colored scrub tops and bottoms, too.

Were your old scrubs looking drab or limited on pocket space? The v-neck scrub tops and standard pants come with a variety of pocket options. The new Med Couture Sport Neckline Scrub Top comes with 3 pockets (one velcro chest pocket with badge holder and two front angled pockets on the torso) and a streamlined v-neck / crossover hybrid neckline. The Med Couture Flip Pant with Cargo Pocket is a fun and flirtatious number with a straight leg and plentiful storage room in the double cargo pocket.

If you want layering, Med Couture has you covered with a choice of sporty warm-up jackets (both zip and button-down). You could also dress up your look with a classic lab coat that has a waist-cinching belt to show off your gym-rat abs.

Treating yourself to something unique as well as stylish? The Med Couture Becca Mosaic Marvel Print Scrub Top may be for you! It’s black-trimmed, mock wrap design is bold and hugs your curves.

Whether you are looking for classic or unique, bright or subdued, Med Couture is the best scrub manufacturer for a fabulous fit and flare. This year, strive to show your personality and sense of style through a new scrubs ensemble!

Landau Scrubs: Better Manufacturing with You in Mind

landau scrubsBeing a committed worker in the healthcare industry requires hard work, toughness, and dedication – three qualities you should be able to find in the scrubs you wear on a daily basis. Landau delivers those qualities with craftsmanship second to none. With over 50 years manufacturing scrubs and medical wear, Landau understands the needs of the nurses, doctors, and the rest of the medical team.

Landau’s legacy began in the back of a Model A Ford in 1938, driving from service station to service station offering garage employees workman uniforms that would stand up to grease and grime. The company grew from there, hitting its stride with healthcare uniforms in the 80’s. Landau set the trends for fashion-focused color and the use of floral and patterned textiles, and they continue to manufacture a variety of styles to this day.

For the past 50 years, Landau has taken pride in every stitch, and strives to live up to the five ways Landau scrubs are made better: better fabric, better color, better design, better construction, and better quality control. You can be assured that your garment will be durable, hold flawless color, fit comfortably, and be stylish. Scrub tops come in a variety of color and print options, as well as closure designs – from snaps and buttons to a wrap-around tunic. Likewise, pants may be elastic or drawstring, depending on your personal comfort preference.

Cotton basics, poplin, or stretch fit – the material will flatter your shape and size. Because Landau is focused on you. Worried about overheating throughout the day? Cool down with a mesh vent scrub top.

From lab coats to clogs, you’re covered from head to foot in Landau style and comfort. Not to mention the accessories! Landau offers a fun selection of “Break Time” long and short sleeved shirts, whether you want an extra layer or just need to lounge in something during lunch. You can even carry your scrubs, clogs, or anything else in your own handy “Break Time” tote bag!

Better manufacturing and practical style meet in Landau scrubs and accessories. Take a look at the selection from a long-trusted name in healthcare garments!

#TaffordStyle: Red Carpet Time

This time of year is all about the red carpet. Whether you’re already planning your Oscars party or avoiding it all together, with Med Couture you don’t have to have a hit movie to walk the red carpet on your next shift. That’s why we are featuring them for today’s #taffordstyle post. We started with their Sport Neckline scrub top and added their Gold Resort pants, which are so comfortable it’ll make you the envy of any red carpet walker. Then we collected some of our favorite red and black accessories including the new blinged out med sleeves from Prestige Medical. With this outfit, even if the only red carpet you walk is the entrance to the hospital, you’d better start practicing your answer to the question, “who are you wearing?”

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