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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1 Oct

Today marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As healthcare professionals, we all know the importance of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and elevating the national dialogue on breast cancer—because while many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. While there are different treatment options, a cure has yet to be found.

The campaign for early detection has been extremely successful and awareness is the key to prevention. For more than 25 years, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has educated and empowered women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-exams to identify any changes, scheduling regular visits and annual mammograms with their healthcare providers, adhering to prescribed treatment, and knowing the facts about recurrence.

Chances are you know at least one person who is currently fighting breast cancer or is in remission who will appreciate the support. So be sure to share your ongoing commitment for the search for a cure to breast cancer. We even have an entire section of scrubs and accessories dedicated to the cause. Check out http://www.allheart.com/breast-cancer-awareness.html and show your dedication!

ScrubZone!

26 Apr

We’re thrilled to be carrying the newly redesigned ScrubZone line from Landau. ScrubZone scrubs are constructed to work tough and fit comfortably—because when you work hard, you need scrubs that can keep up.

They come in 19 colors, from soothing aloe green to deep burgundy wine, so you’ll be sure to find a hue that fits your mood or dress code. Best of all, they’re a great value with Landau quality in every stitch.

Click here to shop ScrubZone now!

Earth Week

23 Apr

It’s the end of Earth Week, with Earth Day yesterday celebrating its 40th anniversary! More than 20 million Americans participated in that first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and participation has grown ever since.

A very simple way to continue “going green” is supporting eco-friendly companies like Dansko, which has a fantastic line of nursing shoes and clogs. Part of their corporate mission to be as environmentally conscience as possible: their corporate office is LEED certified, they operate the only recycling center in their town, and they have a “green team” to do even more.

The Reality of H1N1 Prevention

13 Nov

As the flu season ramps up, hospitals and doctors’ offices are once again being inundated with potential flu patients. This season, however, the influx is greater than ever. Patients are nervous about H1N1, and their fear is filling waiting rooms. Waiting rooms full of people who don’t have H1N1u.

The CDC has created a laundry list of suggestions for how to prevent the spread of H1N1. They suggest everything from N95 respirator masks, hand sanitizer, and partitions in waiting areas, to ventilation systems and restricted visitation rules. The real question is, however, what is actually being implemented in facilities around the country. Has your hospital taken any drastic measures to minimize the spread of H1N1? Have you created a special triage plan? Or a partitioned waiting area? Are you limiting patient transport if they are suspected of having influenza? Has your hospital come up with any creative solutions that go above and beyond the CDC’s recommendations?

How have these changes impacted your daily work? Or has your routine been unaffected? Perhaps there are some good ideas out there that aren’t being shared between facilities that we could all use to the advantage of our hospitals, patients and staff.

Women of All Shapes and Sizes

27 Oct

I just came back from a much needed, and rarely had treat – a manicure and pedicure. Part of the fun in blocking out the world while someone else tackles my hands and feet is the chance to indulge in magazines I never have time to read. As I sunk into the massaging chair and dunked my feet in the swirling water, I started flipping through the pages of the November 2nd issue of People. The first thing that grabbed me was a short blurb on a model who is 5’10, 120 pounds and, according to People Magazine, was fired by Ralph Lauren because she was too large to fit into the sample clothes used in their ads. She is considered too heavy to be a model at a size 4. Too heavy to be a model at a size 4? Have we lost our minds?

As nurses we see women and men of all shapes and sizes and we know that the average woman isn’t a size 0 (how can you be no size at all?). In fact, Wonderquest says the average American woman is just shy of 5’4 and weighs 152 pounds – about a size 14. I’m not commenting about the obesity epidemic in the United States, just the idea that a woman who is 5’10 and 120 lbs could be considered too heavy to model.

So, why aren’t “real women” in our magazines? Next in my pile happened to be the November issue of Glamour where I discovered a “plus-size” model, Lizzie Miller, had been making headlines all over the news because of an almost nude picture in the September issue of Glamour where you see her not so flat belly. A real women’s belly! After getting all kinds of positive attention, Glamour did a photo shoot for their November issue with 7 “plus-size” models. To Glamour’s credit, apparently they had used 6 of these 7 women in the past (and plan to continue the trend). Almost all had stories of starving themselves to fit into the size 0 world of modeling.

After devouring this article, I read the editor’s column. On that page they showed models through the years that included Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor – true beauties and women who were on the cover of many magazines in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. Today, Ms. Monroe and Ms. Taylor would be “plus-sized”…How wonderful it would be to transition the American mindset back to this sort of beauty.

What are your thoughts on how we persuade more magazines to follow Glamour’s lead?

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