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Medical Accessories at Marcus Uniforms

by MarcusUniforms 11. July 2011 19:44
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While some clinics provide nurses with a mounted blood pressure cuff in each exam room, most nurses need to provide their own blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes. Marcus Uniforms makes shopping for these important nursing tools easy by offering both the blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes in addition to nursing uniforms. Blood pressure cuffs are available in a variety of cuff prints or in solid colors. Most are sized for adults. Several types of stethoscopes are also available including a variety of colors and Littmann models. Stethoscope covers, id tags, holsters and eartips can also be purchased online. Medical accessories also make great gifts for graduation or to show your appreciation for a special medical caregiver.

Next time you find yourself needing new nursing scrubs, take a few minutes to browse though Marcus Uniforms' selection of medical accessories including blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes. All orders over $100 will receive free UPS ground shipping within the continental United States while orders over $300 will also receive an additional 10% discount. Marcus Uniforms does accept USPS orders and can ship internationally as well.

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

 

About Marcus Uniforms Scrubs

Marcus Uniforms will help you find the best nursing scrubs and medical uniforms out there. We specialize in discounted nursing scrubs, medical uniforms, lab coats, school uniforms and work uniforms including shoes and medical accessories.

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

MarcusUniforms.com is a trusted retailer of brand name scrubs.

We are here to help you look and feel great in the perfect set of scrubs.  

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