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Marcus Uniforms | March 2010

Should you Wear Your Street Clothes with Your Scrubs?

by MarcusUniforms 26. March 2010 17:46
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On a recent doctor’s visit, I took advantage of my opportunity to scan the office to see what everyone was wearing. I observe which scrubs brands people prefer, whether the office has implemented a common dress code and what the first impression is as a result of that dress code.

As we walked in, we were met by several receptionists who were not in scrubs at all, but rather were casually, but professionally dressed. Because of the height of the counter, I could only see the tops, but they wore sweaters or blouses, and everyone looked appropriately dressed for an office job. When the nurse called my daughter into the exam room, I realized that some of the women behind the counter were not office personnel at all, but rather were medical personnel who had paired a sweater or blouse with their scrub pants and tennis shoes. I could not help but wonder who made the administrative decision to mandate or even allow a street clothes/scrubs combination for medical personnel and more, importantly, why? It ultimately came down to 4 choices, none of which made any logical sense: appearance, expense, comfort or indifference.

Appearance was easily dismissed. Did someone in the office really ponder then decide that a nice sweater and a pair of scrub pants evoke confidence, competence and caring? I’m sure that we’ve all seen someone that has mixed two styles that should have been kept far apart such as summer and winter fashions or fabrics. The sweater/scrub combination didn’t work. I have seen medical personnel that throw on a cardigan sweater or even sweatshirt over scrubs which I assume is because it offers more warmth than a scrub jacket. Here, the top resembled the clerical staff and the bottom resembled the medical staff. Together, they screamed fashion faux pas or perhaps just fashion confusion.

With so many inexpensive scrubs options available and scrub sets as inexpensive as $10.99 for the top and bottom, it is hard to believe that medical personnel in a pediatrician’s office would rally behind a policy that preferred street clothes to scrub tops. If they are already purchasing scrub pants, scrub tops have to be less expensive than a sweater or ready to wear top. Moreover, they are cheaper and easier to launder in the likely event that something gets soiled during the workday.

Comfort didn’t quite work either because scrub tops, unless they are unusually short, are more comfortable than professional wear. Medical personnel move around a lot and it is difficult to imagine that a sweater or blouse would be more comfortable over scrub pants than a scrub top, scrub jacket or scrub top with layered tee.

That left the most disheartening reason: indifference. Perhaps someone in an administrative office made the decision having never walked into the office to gauge first impression? Perhaps no one made the decision and over time, having received no positive or negative feedback, the personnel simply wore what they wanted. I wondered where that would lead. There were so many inexpensive professional scrubs options that would have easily identified the personnel in the office and presented a professional first impression to anyone walking through the door. Kids would love the bright colors or whimsical prints and adults would appreciate knowing that they are addressing a question or concern to the right person in the office.

Selecting Nursing Shoes for Work

by MarcusUniforms 12. March 2010 18:10
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Thankfully, popular shoe manufacturers that once directed all of their attention to athletic shoes have finally acknowledged the nursing shoe market. Today there are alternatives that offer modern, athletic, slip resistant and light weight features. No matter what your particular preference is, there are finally flattering and attractive alternatives.

Slip resistant soles are a welcome addition especially for nurses and medical personnel that are walking around hospitals and medical clinics all day. Avia offers 2 walking shoes styles for with slip resistant soles for under $35.00. First, Avia offers a walking shoe in both black and white for $29.99 that offers a synthetic upper and rubber outsole that are both oil resistant. They’ve added Canitlever technology to cushion the foot for extra comfort. Wide and regular widths are available. In addition, Avia added an Archrocker option this year for $34.99 which is available in regular and wide widths. The Archrocker technology helps promote a comfortable gait. The outsole still has Cantilever technology for comfort.

Skechers also offers several tried and true nursing shoe options modeled after walking shoes. The D’Lites shoe, the slip on Premix and the Marathon-slip resistant are all popular styles. The D’Lites are available in wide and combine leather and synthetic in the upper with a lighter weight outsole for better comfort on long days. The Premix has been very popular because it has an elastic closure rather than shoe laces which allow a quick slip on. The Marathon offers a slip resistant outsole and a leather/synthetic upper. It’s an excellent value at $39.49.

Skechers also recognized that nursing shoes don’t always have to be white. The Skechers Work line offers a Clara slip resistant clog in 4 different colors. Lightweight, strapless and certified slip resistant, it adds a little style and color to any nursing scrubs ensemble. It’s available in blue, light blue, pink and turquoise for $17.99.

Taking the nursing shoe market by storm are Natural Uniforms’ light weight clogs. For those who appreciate value, these ultra light weight clogs are $9.99. At that price, you can have a pair in every color. They are available in a variety of styles, with an adjustable strap, strapless, and closed heel. Customers love the light weight. Even for those who don’t wear their Natural Uniforms clogs to work, they provide welcome relieve at the end of a long shift, a great gardening shoe or beach shoe and a nice change for the weekend.

What is most important is that you find a pair of shoes that offer you the best comfort for your long days. Hopefully all of the new options available will make that task a lot easier.

Check out our nursing shoes.

Scrubs, wallet, stethoscope, cell phone….Water Bottle

by MarcusUniforms 11. March 2010 21:41
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No one needs to remind nurses, nursing students and anyone else in the medical profession about the importance of proper hydration, but sometimes the morning rush and hectic daily schedule prevent medical professionals from heeding their own best advice.  You can probably quote the statistics yourself about how many Americans are chronically dehydrated, so there’s no excuse for being one of them. 

 

You already know about the benefits of drinking water during the day, but do you know how to fit it into your already busy day?  Start with a safe, eco friendly, reusable water bottle that you can keep close at hand.  It helps if it will fit into your nursing bag or tote.

 

If you still prefer the thinner store bought plastic water bottles, try not to refill them.  Use them once then dispose of them in a proper recycling bin.  Reusable thicker plastic bottles are often under fire because of the Bisphenol-A content, but many manufacturers are now making bottles without BPA.  In response to the health concerns raised by BPA content, many people are converting to aluminum, but do a little homework first.  Aluminum bottles have an inner lining and reputable companies should be willing to disclose the contents of the liner and any test results which establish that the inner liner is safe.  Also, most aluminum bottles should be hand washed, not put in the dishwasher.  Check suggested washing instructions before making your selection. 

 

Stainless steel bottles tend not to have a liner and are usually dishwasher safe.  Increasing in popularity, they are now available in various colors by many manufacturers, keeping the cost competitive. 

 

Take just a few minutes to prepare yourself for each day.  Add a water bottle to your scrubs, cell phone wallet and other daily essentials.   Make a commitment just for this week to stay well hydrated then assess how you feel—don’t wait until you feel thirsty.  You take care of so many others.  Take care of you, too.

 

Stainless steel water bottle from Marcus Uniforms:  http://www.marcusuniforms.com/Productv52-P3204.aspx

 

New Skechers Scrubs

by MarcusUniforms 5. March 2010 18:01
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Functional, Comfortable, Affordable Scrub tops and Scrub Pants for Men and Women

Skechers recently jumped into the medical scrubs market with a new line of functional fashion scrubs for men and women. The unisex line is just that: a line of scrubs that both men and women will be comfortable wearing. The scrub top features a soft cotton/polyester twill with a great shape and 4 pockets: a chest pocket, 2 front welt pockets that are well hidden at the side seams as well as a distinctive outer cell phone pocket above the hip. Skechers shaped the top for a slimming appearance with front and back side panels. The coordinating unisex scrub pant is equally well designed. Made of the same soft and comfortable fabric, it features an adjustable web drawstring and an elastic waist as well as a mock fly front. There are 5 functional pockets: side cargo pockets with yet another cell phone pocket and instrument or pen holder as well as 2 slash pockets and 2 back cargo style pockets with velcro flaps. Available in several colors from XS-3X, it offers a much needed slightly sporty modern upgrade to the ever reliable unisex scrub options.

For the women, Skechers used its experience in sportswear to design a well fitting, modern scrub ensemble that is still professional and functional. The warm-up scrub jacket features princess seams and back elastic for a more flattering fit, front kangaroo pockets, bottom band, rib knit cuffs and a zipper front. Also in brushed cotton/poly, it updates the scrub warm-up with a little touch of sport and comfort. The scrub warm-up can be paired with Skechers’ new long-sleeve tee. Skechers incorporated the popular burnout technique to add sheer words of healing, hope, caring and love to this great layering tee. Whether you like an added layer under your v-neck scrub tops or want to wear it under the Skechers’ jacket, it’s comfortable and stylish.

Skechers also deviated from the traditional v-neck scrub top with its new scoop neck. By slightly curving the neck line, Skechers offers a modern but professional alternative to solid scrubs. The scoop neck scrub top offers 2 front pockets with stitched down pen holder, back elastic for a little shaping and side vents. For those who are required to wear solids, but need a little dash of fashion, Skechers has the answer. The coordinating low rise drawstring pant is soft, modern, comfortable and functional. With a moderate flare, it offers an adjustable twill tape drawstring and an elastic waist. Similar to the unisex pant, it offers a lot of pockets: side cargo pocket with scissor pocket, 2 slash pockets, novelty front coin pocket with button flap and 2 back pockets with button flap.

Are you ready for a change that you can afford? Try on Skechers for an upgraded but flattering look and fit.Skechers Scrubs

MARCUS UNIFORMS RESPOND TO HAITI CRISIS WITH OVER 10,000 POUNDS OF NEW MERCHANDISE FOR HAITI CHARITY

by MarcusUniforms 5. March 2010 17:51
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PALLETS BOUND FOR HAITI VIA CONNECTICUT CHARITY

 

 

On February 1st, Marcus Uniforms and Jack L. Marcus, Inc. loaded 13 pallets of new children’s clothes, linens, adult shoes, underwear, socks and medical scrubs bound for Haiti.

 

Marcus Uniforms received an e-mail from a local school whose 8th grade class was trying to raise funds for Jazz’d4Life, a Connecticut based charity started by the family of legendary jazz musician, Dave Brubeck, which is involved in long-term projects in Haiti and Africa.  Jazz’d4Life had built a school for orphanages as well as wells and water filtration systems in that area.

 

Upon receipt of the e-mail, Marcus Uniforms realized that it had several boxes of summer clothing and linens which were earmarked for its 50th anniversary tent sale in July, 2010, as well as shoes and medical scrubs from its catalog operations that could be donated.  The school sent a mass e-mail out to its parents asking if anyone could help transport the clothing to Connecticut and Sensient Dehydrated Flavors quickly stepped in to donate a truck.

 

Marcus Uniforms’ donation quickly jumped to 13 pallets of merchandise including medical scrubs as we scoured our warehouse.  In the end, we loaded about 10,000 lbs. of merchandise onto the truck bound for Haiti via Jazz’d4Life.  Thank you to the local news agencies that joined us to load the truck. 

 

We are grateful to the organizations that partnered with us to make this project possible including the middle school students for their inspiration and dedication to community service, Jazz’d4Life for arranging transportation to Haiti and Sensient Dehydrated Flavors for stepping in with a truck.  We feel very lucky to be able lend a hand in our own small way to the people of Haiti during this critical time.    Our thoughts are prayers are with them.

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www.jazzed4life.org   www.MarcusUniforms.com   www.sensient-tech.com

About Marcus Uniforms Scrubs

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Some of our top brands are Cherokee Uniforms, Dickies Scrubs, E.Libby, Wonder Wink Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy and Jockey Brand Scrubs.  

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