Looking Professional, A Perspective on the Winning Look September 30 2013...Read More
Finding Balance in Your Life September 13 2013
How do you find the perfect balance between home life, personal life and work life so that you can have a great you and add to the lives of others? What do you plan in your day when it is time to come out of those scrubs and scrub hats? If you have a jumble of stuff that requires running here and there and you feel as if you have accomplished nothing then it is time for a redo. Sometimes if we find out that we are off the mark in one section of our lives it is because there is energy going in just one direction – out go… out go… out go but no put in. Simply said, by the time we get time, there in no time. So how do you handle all of the demands: still getting it done at work, have personal times to refresh and a comfortable home life. Balance!
Ok so what does that look like? Well for me it was 3 critical points: learning to actively put in priorities, remembering that only in the mind does an activity happen quickly (it always takes longer that you think it going to take…so keep that in mind when scheduling) be determined in having a place on the schedule for relaxation and using the word NO.
One basic great idea is have a working schedule that fits your life style and never over scheduling anything. Over scheduling will bring stress, your body recognizes it and behaves accordingly. Then look at the activities that you have on your daily agenda and deleting those that are not......Read More
Surgical Mission to Guatemala August 21 2013
To our friends at MedCap® Scrub Hats,
I just wanted to write a quick Thank You for your donation of Scrub Hats for our Surgical Mission to Guatemala.
Our team from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia consisted of three surgeons, one anesthesiologist, one CRNA, three nurse practitioners, 12 nurses and three volunteers. In under a week we were able to complete 70 pediatric surgeries while working with Partner for Surgery in Guatemala City.
Since its creation in 2001 Partner for Surgery has helped thousand of impoverished Guatemalans receive access to health care. Partner for Surgery is a unique organization in that it focuses its attention of the rural pediatric population in Guatemala, patients who are often outside the reach of other organizations.
In rural communities where jobs and transportation are scarce many people are frightened of doctors and lack them means to reach one.
Partner for Surgery works with Surgical teams from the US and across the globe to begin life-changing surgical and interventional care to the underserved communities and helps communities to strengthen their own health care systems.
Many of the children we worked with through PFS travel from many hours away to receive surgical care and thus are often extremely unfamiliar with Westernized medicine and surgery. The sterile rooms, standard issue scrubs and masks that we are so used to wearing can be frightening and overwhelming for the entire family but especially for the children, many......Read More
Reenergize Through Quick Meditation July 17 2013
Today quick meditation at work can be a serious energizer and stress reliever. There is no mystic or magical secret to meditation; it is a simple way to focus your thoughts and energy into a positive direction. If you are on your feet for hours or dealing with stressful healthcare issues you will need a few minutes in you day to gather your strength and focus your mind. There are a couple simple techniques that you can do almost anywhere with a little privacy. A few of these techniques are as follows:
Quick meditation – this is a technique you would use on a break in a quiet place, whether in scrubs or a suit. It only requires 10 minutes, probably during a break or lunch. Sit quietly and comfortably and remember to close your eyes. Focus on your breathing making sure to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth at a consistent pace. After you have controlled your breathing, focus on relaxing your muscles starting your feet, moving up your legs, through your torso, and out your arms to your fingertips.
Focus your mind – this technique can be done at any time, anywhere even while wearing scrub hats. It's simply a matter of focusing your attention on one specific thing. You start by clearing your mind of all other thoughts. Then pick a sound or object around you, and focus on it. You can think about its pitch, tone, size or color. It seems silly yet it will help to focus your mind and push away other thoughts not dealing specifically with the task at hand.
Now you know these simple techniques you can feel confident......Read More
Ultimate Guide to Getting More Energy July 11 2013
When you are at work or at home there are plenty of things to do in order to increase your energy level. Sit back in your scrubs and scrub hats while reading this ultimate guide to getting more energy. Below is a list of 15 ways to increase your overall energy level.
1. An Early Start – early bird gets the worm is a great saying, set that alarm 15 minutes earlier and achieve even more.
2. Stretch it out – start the morning with a quick stretch before you hop out of bed.
3. Quick Work out – spend 20 minutes on an anaerobic exercise to increase your heart rate.
4. Small Power Breakfast – eat a power breakfast of porridge, fruit and nuts or yogurt.
5. Add a Coffee – either to your morning routine or morning break, it quick starts your brain.
6. Walk – taking the stairs, while carrying those med totes can increase your metabolism.
7. Avoid Junk – forget the fast food and other processed foods. Stick to natural foods.
8. Cold Jolt – take a page from the Romans and splash some cold water on your face.
9. Go Green – coffee not your cup of tea, switch to Green Tea for a shot of caffeine and anti-oxidants.
10. Nap Time – find a quiet spot and snooze for 15 minutes and see the amazing results.
11. Add Water – keep the coffee to 1 or 2 a day and supplement water for juice or other soft drinks.
12. Eyes UP – take your eyeballs of the glaring computer screen for......Read More
Scrub History July 07 2013
Have you ever wondered why on earth medical professionals wear the cloths they do? Why are they named scrubs, or scrub hats? This little article will answer all your questions, even if you did not know you wanted to ask them.
The original nurses uniform was developed after the Crimean war in 1854. It was through Florence Nightingale's discovering that living conditions were of great importance to health that she advocated new sanitary conditions. One of which was a new uniform based on the nun’s habit. This new uniform was meant to be fever proof and shield the nurse from infection. Gloves and scrub hats were not developed until after World War I during the Spanish flu epidemic, by American surgeon William Halsted. The nursing cap was first worn by Florence Nightingale and later developed into modern day scrub hats.
During the 1940s and 1950s aseptic routines were implemented in many hospitals including whitewashing everything in the operating room, including scrubs, scrub hats, walls and linens. These new uniforms were developed with the least amount of folds or pockets for easy, quick cleaning. However by the 1960s it was discovered that this completely white atmosphere created eye fatigue for the surgeons. It was during this period that scrubs changed the light green that became associated with nurses everywhere. Modern scrubs in operating rooms are generally leased by the hospital because of laundering and sterility issues. Those scrubs that are not used in surgery are often a choice made by hospitals, offices, clinics or individual’s choice depending the use. Scrub hats are used for hair cover and are not usually restrictive wear.
Scrub hats are fast becoming an accessory that every medical professional can’t live without as part of everyday working attire. While many nurses find the modern head wear a little on the absurd side fashion wise, it is a far cry from the original nurse cap that was heavy starched into submission....Read More
Nutrition for Nurses on the Go April 12 2013
For busy nurses and medical professionals, a trip to the vending machine or fast food drive up window may seem to be the only nutrition a long, hectic shift will allow. Work schedules often make it easy to skip meals or eat too much during less busy times. Fortunately with a little careful planning and preparation, there are plenty of healthy meal choices to keep you alert and full of energy all while maintaining an attractive figure for your hospital scrubs....Read More
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