#TaffordStyle: Winter Wonderland

It’s almost Halloween!  Which means the holiday season is about to begin, filled with great food, great friends, and of course great scrubs.  Whether you are a pumpkin-craving, Thanksgiving-loving, corn maze-walking fall enthusiast, or you prefer the holiday lights, snow covered landscapes, and hot chocolate by the fire that winter brings, Tafford has the scrubs for you! We’ve even created some flannel scrubs that will warm up even the chilliest of holiday nights!

For today’s board, we’ve paired our Winter Ball jacket with some great pieces from our Tafford Essentials line!  If you have a nurse on your Holiday gift list, or just need to stock up, this is the perfect time since all of our Tafford Essentials are on sale Buy 4 Get 2 Free through October 31st!

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Brand Favorites: Alegria Shoes

As nurses, we’ve all been there. Slogging home, feet aching, ready to put our feet up and let those puppies take a break. Unfortunately, things don’t always go how we want them to, do they? Kids need shuffling, errands need to be ran and the dog wants to walk for miles – the reality is, our feet take a beating and some days it’s nearly impossible to prevent the inevitable soreness and pain.

Fortunately, podiatrists are happy to craft a pair of custom orthotics to help. But, what if there were a way to up the ante of your orthotics? Alegria shoes from Tafford.com create the perfect pairing to enhance the work of your orthotics and leave your feet feeling happy all shift long!

Alegria shoes are designed for comfort, and their professional collection has just the right products for busy nurses. First, the footbed of each is made of layers cork, memory foam and suede for maximum comfort and breathability. The base uses patented interlock technology that provides excellent arch support. Alegria shoe’s outsole also employs a patented rocker technology to promote good posture and reduce stress on muscles and joints in the back and legs.

 

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“I am a nurse and the rocker bottom keeps me rocking from patient to patient all day long and reduces stress and pressure on my back and knees.” Review Raving About: Donna Clog in Professional collection from Gina Smith Loma Linda, CA

Not only are Alegria shoes comfortable, they are also fun! Coming in a wide variety of colors and patterns you can pick a pair to match your mood or opt for a more classic look. Even better, these clogs are easy to slip on and off, stain resistant and non-slip. We know, it’s unbelieveable!

So, ready to purchase your new favorite shoes? From Daisy Chain Professional Nursing Shoes to classic navy blue Mary Janes, Tafford carries a wide range of Alegria products to fit every budget, style preference…and foot!

Receive a FREE TOTE with any Alegria purchase through 10/31/14!

Interview with Lynn Higgins, Tafford’s VP of Merchandising

Okay, so you’ve been buying your scrubs from Tafford.com for years now. Ever wonder who’s behind the Tafford brand? Over the next few months, we’ll give you a behind the scenes look.. We’ll not only introduce you to some of the team, but we’ll also give you a tour of the warehouse and some sneak peaks of new prints!

Lynn Higgins, Tafford VP of MerchandisingWe’ll start with a quick Q&A session with Lynn Higgins, our Vice President of Merchandising. Let’s dive right in with the tough questions!

  • Q: How long have you been with Tafford?
  • A: I have been with Tafford uniforms for nine years.
  • Q: What is your role?
  • A: My role at Tafford uniforms is to bring medical professionals and nurses cute scrubs with great quality at a fantastic price.
  • Q: What is your background?
  • A: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from Philadelphia University and I have worked for various companies in positions including Buyer and Designer.
  • Q: What inspires your fabric choice? Your print choice?
  • A: For me fabrics have to be comfortable and easy care. When considering prints there are a lot of factors that come into play, first being trend.  It’s important to know what’s happening out there in the fashion world and even more important to find a way to be able to bring it to our industry. Customers are also very instrumental in helping decide which prints to select. Their feedback and reaction to new colors and trends helps me pick designs that I’m sure they’re gonna love.
  • Q: What are some of your favorite things about your job?
  • A: The most favorite thing about my job is seeing nurses wear my scrubs. It’s such a unique sense of satisfaction to know that somebody liked your creation and bought it. It’s almost a sense of pride in a way.
  • Q: Biggest challenge at your job? (related to customers and/or product)
  • A: The biggest challenge of my job is trying to satisfy and please all customers all the time.  Not everyone is going to always like what I design but that helps me grow and learn and makes me stronger.
  • Q: One surprising fact about you.
  • A: On the outside my personality always seems to be serious and professional but on the inside I can sometimes be the opposite. I like to learn new things so I am currently learning to play the flute and to speak Italian.

 

Tafford is driven by the passion of our team members and we want you to meet them! Keep checking our blog to meet other team members in the next coming months.

#TaffordStyle: Pink Scrubs for Breast Cancer Awareness

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer… 1 in 8.

But there are also more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States including both those still going through treatment and those who have completed treatment,  according to the American Cancer Society.  And death rates have been on the decline since about 1989.  There are lots of reasons for these decreases, and one of those is simply increased awareness.

That is why October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  In honor of all the warriors great and small, we have put together a board exploding with pink, hope and encouragement!  Whether you are a warrior or you love one, whether you have won your battle or continue to fight, and for those who fought valiantly but ultimately lost their battle, we at Tafford solute you and challenge everyone to wear your pink ribbons proudly, raise that incredibly important awareness and donate to organizations working to win the battle once, and for all!

For more information about Breast Cancer, including facts and statistics, signs and symptoms, support and ways to get involved, see the websites for The American Cancer Society, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
We’ve put together an incredible multi-company board, including products from Dickies, HeartSoul, Cherokee, Littmann, Nurse Mates, Koi, White Cross, and Prestige Medical, but there are even more awesome awareness raising products!  You can see them all right here!

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5 Reasons to Try Travel Nursing

Convertible CoupleOur friends over at Medical Solutions have shared some insight into why nurses enjoy travel nursing… So if you are not yet familiar with the Travel Nurse industry, here’s an insider’s perspective on the top reasons to try it.

5 Reasons to Try Travel Nursing – By Sarah Wengert, Travel Nursing Blogs

Being able to travel while you earn a living is a pretty unique and awesome opportunity for nurses. Most people would love get out there and see the country (or world!) all while getting a steady paycheck. But let’s get down to brass tacks: What are the benefits of Travel Nursing for you?

Check out these 5 Reasons to try Travel Nursing:

Exploration and Adventure

This one’s kinda obvious, right? But, it’s also the main reason why so many nurses decide to try Travel Nursing. Always wanted to explore a certain city? Try it on for size for 13 weeks! Most Travel Nurses also like to go beyond the city during their time off. So, for example, an assignment in San Francisco can also mean a trip to Napa Valley. A job NYC can mean an excursion to the Poconos. Many nurses even use Travel Nursing as a way to “try on” different cities, so they’ll know exactly where they want to land if they decide to go perm again.

Go Where Your Help is Needed Most

Travel Nursing exists due to a growing nursing shortage, and facilities request temporary nurse staff to fill their specific needs and help prevent nurse burnout among permanent staff. Most nurses really care about their patients, and with Travel Nursing, you get the opportunity to help patients where they need you most, while also saving the sanity of your fellow nurses by easing their loads.

Variety On and Off the Job

With Travel Nursing there’s never a dull moment and you always get to choose what’s next — it’s a great way to avoid nurse burnout. If you’re the kind of person who dislikes falling into a rut, Travel Nursing could be the perfect answer for you. You could be in snowy Aspen for three months, then sunny Diego for the next three; or, live the big city life for three months, then slow down in a small town for the next three. It’s up to you! Additionally, many Travelers report satisfaction at being able to avoid hospital politics while in temporary assignments.

Career and Skill Building

Travel Nursing is like gold on your future resumes. It indicates you are a highly skilled and adaptable worker. Being flexible and embracing changes from assignment to assignment develops your nursing skills in a major way. Also, while working as a Travel Nurse you will encounter a great variety of patient populations, different systems, and ways of doing things — all of which is excellent for your professional development.

Create New Relationships

While your friends and family back home are just a short Skype away, you will encounter all kinds of new folks when on a travel nursing assignment. New colleagues, new friends, and new neighbors … a whole other set of people you’d never have met otherwise. AND, that means friends to come back and visit in the future!

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: SuperHero

Men are definitely the minority in the nursing field.  According to a USA Today article published earlier this year, as of 2011 only 9.6% of those in the nursing field were men.  BUT that’s triple the number working in the field in 1970!  The stigma faced by men in nursing is changing, and thank goodness because diversity strengthens any field.  Just like we need female voices in male dominated fields, nursing can benefit from male voices as well.  Today, we are celebrating the amazing men who are superheroes to those they care for.

The season of summer blockbusters may be over, but Spiderman never goes out of style.  You may not be able to scale tall buildings but you’ll be a superhero to all your patients in this awesome scrub top from Tooniforms by Cherokee.  We’ve also put together a collection of accessories that will help you deal with any situation even if you don’t have superpowers, include this awesome back pack from Nurse Mate.

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Halloween Traditions: Black Cats and Pointy Hats

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It’s that time of year again! The temps are dropping. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a pumpkin flavored something. And all the stores are full of black cats and pointy witch hats. Have you ever wondering how those traditions came to be? We’ll we thought it would be fun to find out, or at least try. Last week we talked about the general origins of Halloween, the pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. Today we are taking on pointy hats and black cats.

Witch hats are everywhere right now. Big, small and even some adorable tiny ones on headbands, but they all have one thing in common. They are pointy. Why? The short answer is… no one really knows. Don’t you hate those answers? Sorcerers have long been depicted as wearing conical shaped hats. Yes long before Mickey worn one in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but although there are plenty of depictions of female witches during the middle ages, none of them are shown wearing pointy hats.

One theory goes that they were in fashion at one point during the middle ages. As goes with fashion they were long out of style by the time the peasants started wearing them. This corresponded with the time of the witch trials and may have caused the association. All we really know is that in the early 18th century, children’s’ writers began depicting witches as ugly, old women in pointy black hats. These stories, such as Hansel and Gretel became immensely popular and the rest is history.

The black cat superstitions on the other paw (see what we did there? LOL) are a little easier to understand. Cats are basically nocturnal. In medieval times there weren’t any streetlights. Therefore a black cat coming out of nowhere and crossing your path with those reflective green eyes would probably scare the bejeepers out of anyone! Given the difficult living conditions of that time, many poor folks, including elderly women were homeless and living on the streets of the cities. They would care for these stray cats. These women were often accused of witchcraft, linking black cats and witches forever.

Black cats haven’t always had such a bad reputation. When sailors would take on a cat to help keep the rats away on the ship, choosing a black cat was considered good luck. Sailors’ wives also believe that having a black cat around the house would give their husbands smooth waters and bring them home safely. The Japanese believed that black cats were lucky, and the Scottish thought a strange black cat showing up at your door would bring prosperity. Then of course, there is ancient Egypt where due to the worship of the Goddess Bast, cats were revered, and killing one was punishable by death.

Regardless, though, the superstition still persists, and the real tragedy is that black cats are significantly less likely to be adopted than most other colors. This leaves many looking for a home.

So, this Halloween, wear your pointy witches hat with pride (although we aren’t really sure why) and the next time you decide to adopt a cat, consider a black one.

Do you have a black cat that is a beloved member of your family? Show them to us!! Post to our Facebook wall, or tag us on Instagram (@taffordscrubs) or Twitter (@tafford). And don’t forget to check out all of our fun and spooky Halloween themed scrubs here Don’t forget to check out all of our fun and spooky Halloween themed scrubs here!

Halloween Traditions: Spirits and Shenanigans Abound

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Fall is officially upon us. The temps are dropping, pumpkinmania has set in, and that means Halloween is right around the corner. As you start contemplating your costumes and picking out your pumpkins we thought it would be fun to look at some of the traditions surrounding the holiday. Like most things in our society, Halloween has been commercialized. The moment the 4th of July firecrackers are put away many stores turn into a sea of black and orange. Ghosts and goblins, spider webs and fake blood start to take over. Although, at least it isn’t Christmas stuff most places. We’re looking at you Hobby Lobby! Surprisingly enough, Target and the candy companies did not invent this holiday.

There is much debate over the origins of Halloween. The word itself came from All Hallows Eve, the day before All Saints Day, a holiday dedicated to remembering the martyrs, saints and devoted that had died. Some believe it has roots in pagan traditions as well. For instance the Gaelic tradition of Samhain was believed to be a time when the “veil” between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin and those who had gone ahead could come back and visit with the living, although many traditions celebrate a day when the dead can come back to commune with the living. Some families even set an extra seat at the dinner table to welcome the visitors. However, not every spirit is friendly. So Irish families would carve turnips (yes turnips) to guide their friends and family while also warding off the unfriendly spirits. When these immigrants came to the states, they used the abundant pumpkins they found in the New World. And you thought Charlie Brown invented Jack-O-Lanterns.

They didn’t just sit them on the front porch though. With the belief that mischievous spirits abounded, it was a great opportunity to play pranks on your friends and neighbors and participate in general shenanigans. This is most likely where the tradition of trick-or-treating began. Folks would impersonate the spirits and go house to house asking for food. If food was given, the household would be blessed, and the “spirits” would move on without any funny business. To light their way, they would carry their jack-o-lanterns. We’re not sure when the tradition of dressing like a spirit turned into an excuse for costumer companies to make a sexy version of just about anything. Sexy Power Ranger? Just no!

Don’t forget to check out all of our fun and spooky Halloween themed scrubs here!

Next we’re taking on some fun myths like black cats and witches hats. Tell us about your Halloween traditions!

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.