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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.

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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

Solid Medical Scrubs Group Orders

by MarcusUniforms 15. February 2010 18:56
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A Little Preparation will Prevent a lot of Chaos

Have you been charged with ordering solid medical scrubs for your office or department?  Perhaps the thought of trying to please everyone has already caused a sudden increase in your stress level.  Here are a few pointers to help you navigate your way to hopefully pleasing most of the people, most of the time.

Establish the requirements first.  How much time do you have?  What is the required color?  Generally, if you are doing a group order, your goal is to have everyone in your office or department have a professional appearance that is easily identifiable.  Find out also if warm-up jackets or lab coats are allowed or required before you start.   You may want to ask if men and women can wear different styles such as a unisex style with a chest pocket vs. a traditional v-neck with 2 lower pockets.  You may also want to ask if everyone must wear the same type of scrub pant.  Sometimes there are flare pant options for women, elastic waist options and drawstring options.  

Finally, inquire about embroidery   Many medical departments are opting to add an embroidered logo or name to scrub tops to finish the look.  Knowing in advance exactly what the requirements are will help you to channel your scrub outfitting efforts in the right direction from the beginning.  Use your list of questions and answer as your road map.

Purchasing Solids for a Group‚ÄîNow that you know what color you are looking for, keep in mind that dye lots in solid medical scrubs vary from brand to brand even within the same manufacturer so be sure to order solid tops and bottoms from the same manufacturer AND the same line within that manufacturer.  For example, ">Cherokee Workwear solids are not always identical to Cherokee Studio B.  Similarly, Cherokee Workwear solid colored scrubs are not going to match exactly to White Swan Fundamentals solid colors even if you are ordering navy, ceil or black.  

Evaluate the Group.  A large group promises a range of sizes, not to mention preferences.   Generally, large manufacturers such as White Swan or Cherokee will offer the most options for sizing and styles which will make your job considerably easier.   First, are you outfitting men and women?  Men tend to prefer a chest pocket and a drawstring waist pant so make sure there is a unisex option.   If your employer prefers that everyone wear the same style, you may want to look for a 3 pocket scrub top option.  Do you need talls, petites or shorts in scrub pant lengths?  Having different length options for both men and women will help ensure a better fit and reduce exchanges, another benefit for you.  Cherokee Workwear and White Swan fundamentals offer those options in almost all colors.    Do any of the women require skirts?  Marcus Uniforms offers skirts by White Swan Fundamentals in several colors.   

Finally, establish your plus size requirements in advance so that you can be sure everyone‚Äôs scrubs will match.  Marcus Uniforms offers talls, shorts, petites and plus sizes in both Cherokee and White Swan.  We can also access the manufacturer‚ inventory for you if there is a size or color that we don‚Äôt have in our warehouse.

Size the Group.  No matter what brand you select and what retailer you choose, sizing information should be made readily available to you including instructions on how to take the required measurements.  Marcus Uniforms includes a manufacturer size chart at the bottom of every product page.   Each person should individually consult the size charts and submit size requirements to you including pant lengths.  Keep in mind that pant lengths are listed by inseam.  A spreadsheet becomes a valuable tool at this stage.

Select your Retailer.   When ordering medical scrubs for a group, you want to make sure that your retailer will continue stocking your selected scrubs so that you can easily replenish from time to time.  Is there a free shipping or group discount option?   How long does it take to ship?  What is the return policy?   Watch out for fine print on return labels.  If there is a return label included in the package and you use it, will you be charged for it later against your exchange or refund?  Is embroidery available?  If you don‚ see exactly the scrub style you want, will the retailer check with the manufacturer and find it for you?  Can you speak with a person directly to get your questions answered?  Is pricing competitive?   Ask questions or even ask for a price quote in advance.  You are an important customer and the retailer should be happy to assist you to earn your business.   If you need assistance with a group order, we‚Äôd be happy to help.  We can even go through these questions with you and help you sort out your information, make suggestions and help with sizing issues.

Consider Samples.   It may be a good idea to order some samples in advance.    Even if you have to pay for samples, check the return policy.  You may be able to return them within a certain period of time for refund.  Samples will allow you to make sure that the color and style that you‚Äôve selected meet your expectations.  They may also allow you to establish size guidelines and minimize returns later.

Pat Yourself on the Back.    Even if you haven‚Äôt pleased all of the people all of the time, you've outfitted a group in medical scrubs and you deserve a little praise.  Hopefully, a little advanced planning made it a relatively smooth process‚Ķuntil the required colors change.   Let us know how we can help at Marcus Uniforms.

The World of White Swan

by MarcusUniforms 14. October 2009 21:25
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White Swan originated in New York, in 1916, as a high-quality nursing uniform manufacturer. Later, the company merged with Meta, another well-known name in uniforms. In the 1990s, the companies became part of Dowling Textiles which made it possible to manufacture and expand their line of quality products at affordable prices. Today, White Swan is one of the best known brands for uniforms of all kinds including chef wear. They cater to both men and women, and their top priority is to provide comfortable and functional products at reasonable prices. They are the market leader in high-quality solids for hospitals, schools and clinics, as well as fashionable print scrubs,  Tru-Cord soft cotton corduroy scrubs, men’s and women’s lab coats and chef wear.    White Swan’s Fundamentals are 65/35 poplin with Soil Release.

Medical uniforms, scrubs and lab wear were originally designed for protecting the body during medical procedures.  Today, as nurses, hospitals and clinics try to establish their own unique identity, scrubs become a more important style statement. There are scrubs for pediatrics, veterinary and oncology departments.   “Uniform” no longer means starched, white and solemn.  Uniforms have become a reflection of one’s personality, an encouraging message to patients, a way to identify different departments within large medical facilities and, therefore, a more important matter of fashion and style.

White Swan offers lab coats in materials like Performance Poplin with Soil Release Finish, Cotton/Polyester Requisite with Soil Release Finish, Fine Line Twill with Soil Release Finish, Super Blend Twill with Soil Release Finish, and many others. Tops, pants and printed wear are also available in different fabric blends, shapes and sizes, including plus.

White Swan is always introducing more comfort and trendy designs for customers. They make constant effort to provide a larger variety without compromising the quality of their products. They blend their 100 years of experience as an industry manufacturing uniforms with the latest fabric, design and technology. More information about the company and its various products are available on the World Wide Web.

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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