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How to deal with teachers and patients you don’t like

21 Aug

It happens. Chemistry? Condescension? Conflicting astrological signs? No respect? Someone getting on your case? Any one of these could lead to a situation where you just do not like a key person in your life. There are teachers you love, teachers you hate, and teachers you love to hate. Patients are the same way—some are respectful and some treat you like a personal servant.

It’s obvious the latter don’t know that the reason medical professionals wear the types of uniforms they wear is to separate the pros from the servants. That’s a topic we’ve discussed in an earlier blog topic; the history of scrubs and uniforms as a way to distinguish the work service that we perform.” Dealing with the disliked is smoother when you know you’re looking like a pro in your AllHeart stylish and well-fitting uniforms and scrubs. Maintaining a degree of separation is the beginning of a separation between those you dislike- and you.

Experts offer a number of different tips and methods for dealing with people you don’t like. A common thread runs through all the advice: Practice your CRAFT (Confidence, Respect, Assessment, Focus, and Task).

Confidence: Avoid becoming defensive

Always remember that wearing your uniform or scrubs is a badge of professionalism. When dealing with teacher or patient, maintaining a neutral posture is important while believing in your actions. You can maintain confidence, when you’re right and even when you’re wrong. Combine your confidence with a smile and avoid being defensive. Asking, “how can I do this to your satisfaction?” puts the person with whom you’re dealing in a position of defining expectations. Your professional persona assists in neutrally crafting expectations that allow you to perform without consideration of the person.

Respect: You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar

Being polite helps lessen the aggravation of interaction. If you maintain polite standards of communications centered on the task or results rather than the person, the interaction is on a higher. Being respectful and polite about the end result helps avoid patronizing or condescending tones, both of which antagonize people. Diluting the conversation with additional people involved also lessens the interaction impact. Looking and feeling confident in the interaction keeps you as the leader in the interaction.

Assessment: The cause of the dislike

There is always the old adage, “walk a mile in her shoes.” Putting yourself in the other person’s place is to understand why you don’t like them. What is the person doing that rubs you wrong? Of course, you won’t like everyone who teaches your classes or is under your care, but empathy can ensure better interaction throughout your education and career.

Focus: The results

Your interaction with someone whom you dislike has an end purpose. Know your objective, and strive to accomplish the result to reduce personal interaction. Remaining focused helps offset the underlying personalities. With an eye on what you want to accomplish makes the people in the process more amorphous.

Task: The objective on hand

Concentrate on your tasks at hand. Keeping your attention on what has to be accomplished rather than who is involved in the process keeps your feelings under the surface. The task is less threatening and channeled to deliver or receive the information you need, again reducing the interaction. Asking questions or interacting pertinent to the task needing to be accomplished, unless you can just as easily get the necessary information some other way. Knowing the balance between seeing information to complete the task properly is important when weighed against avoiding contact.
In conclusion, we recognize that many of your days are stress-filled working with patients, colleagues, and even teachers that might be difficult. We hope as you practice these coping mechanisms, you will think of allheart.com as your online resource for the uniform of duty, protection, and at times, separation.

Resources:

Dealing With People You Dislike
20 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People
How To Become Adept at Dealing with Difficult People and Avoiding Conflict

Brand Spotlight: Dickies Medical Scrubs

29 Jul

Dickies Medical Scrubs

While the history of uniforms and scrubs will be a story in its own right, one of the largest manufacturers of medical apparel deserves independent recognition. It’s been a long road trip from the 1922 introduction of Dickies® bib overalls to the American farmer and worker. The Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co makes clothes that look good and wear well, just as it has for almost 90 years.

The Dickies® bib overall is an American icon. The overalls are seen on the farmer in the famous 1930 painting “American Gothic,” and almost any photograph of the hard scrabble American laborer. From its inception Dickies® brand apparel has been and continues to be associated with tough jobs requiring quality, long-wearing clothing. In the 1950s, the Company expanded its clothing line to appeal to a broader base of American workers. The 21st century saw a further expansion and medical apparel was added to the clothes’ line through a licensee arrangement.

Everyone in the medical profession recalls when medical uniforms, scrubs, and apparel were any color desired…. as long as they were white. To meet the evolving demand of the medical profession, Dickies® introduced more fashion-forward colors. The initial blues and whites were joined with orange, tan, olive, and other solid colors. These evolved into medical apparel with contemporary style, comfortable fit, and panache—the Dickies® medical apparel line that we know and love today.

Other changes in the Dickies® brand apparel line include different styles of tops and pants with comfort, fit, and style in mind. Medical apparel is designed to be easily and thoroughly cleaned, resist staining, and long-wearing. Dickies® offers a wide variety of styles and colors that you’ll see at AllHeart.com. Dressing both women and men, the styles offered by AllHeart include new fashions, perfect fits, and a delightful variety of colors, many new for 2009.

It’s been a long road trip from when C. N. Williamson and his cousin “Col.” Dickie started the U. S. Overall company to Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. becoming one of the largest work clothing textile companies in the world. The complete line of medical apparel is part of the AllHeart family. There are hundreds of Dickie® products offered by AllHeart. In addition to the medical apparel, AllHeart carries other Dickies® casual clothes bringing the same durability home from the office for leisure wear. Now that you’ve learned the story behind that famous horseshoe for Dickies® medical apparel, click on over to the Dickies® pages to check out AllHeart.com for the fantastic assortment of Dickie® scrub tops, scrub pants, lab coats, and even closeouts in many, many styles and colors.

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Ten interesting historical facts about scrubs

6 Jun

historyofscrubs

  1. Scrubs (and nurses’ uniforms in general) evolved from nuns’ habits. Nuns were the original caretakers of the sick.
  2. Florence Nightengale pioneered the idea that nurses should dress distinctly and differently from other medical aid workers.
  3. Despite lacking gloves or masks, nurses in the 1800s were sold “fever-proof” uniforms that supposedly blocked disease.
  4. In the early 20th century, nurses dressed in straight, sharply-tailored, ankle-length dresses. It was more important to be seen as respectable – and separate from the servants — than to be comfortable.
  5. World War I changed everything. Skirts were shortened so that nurses could move around, or, if necessary, run.
  6. Well into the 20th century, surgeons wore street clothes with butchers’ aprons. The practice dropped sharply after the 1940s, as it was dangerous to both doctor and patient, not to mention distasteful.
  7. Hats were once a major part of nursing uniforms. They fell out of favor because male nurses didn’t like wearing them.
  8. Riding a wave of enhanced hygiene, scrubs became popular in the 1970s because they were easier to clean than uniforms. They were considered more hygienic and less likely to transmit Staph and other hospital-borne pathogens.
  9. In the early days, scrubs were almost always green or light blue, but some hospitals switched to pink (or enormous stenciled logos) to discourage theft. University hospitals frequently match their scrubs to their institution’s colors.
  10. Scrubs have gained popularity outside the hospital and have been adopted by backpackers because of their light weight and comfortable feel.

What do you know about scrubs that we need to know at The Pulse? What is the word at the nurses station in terms of the hottest brands or the best fitting bottoms? Is there some special way that you wash your scrubs that keeps the colors more vibrant and helps them last  longer? What color scrubs look great together? What scrubs do you wear as every day clothing or wear together with your street clothes?

Is travel nursing a vocation or vacation?

15 May

With summer in full swing, are you thinking about travel? What about combining your vocation with a vacation!

Travel nurses live in places where others only dream of vacationing – and with great pay, excellent benefits and free housing. Global demand for travel nurses means that you can spend a month or even a year exploring your favorite cities, communing with nature in the peaceful countryside, or even going abroad.

To become a travel nurse, you will need an RN license and at least a year in your specialty field. You will also want to find a good travel nursing company to act as your recruiter and handle the paperwork – state licensing requirements if you work in the United States, immigration documents if you travel abroad.

Here are five amazing destinations for a once-in-a-lifetime experience:

1. The Caribbean. Whether you stay on an island or work on a cruise ship, the demand for nurses in the Caribbean is booming. Do your homework, though: some islands require nurses to speak Spanish or French.
• Pros: Turquoise water, sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine. Many islands are affiliated with American hospitals and have top-notch facilities and equipment.
• Cons: Some islands offer comparatively low wages and a high cost of living, but if tropical vacations are the highlight of your year, it may be worth it.

2. Australia. Far enough from the U.S. to be exotic, similar enough to not make you feel like a stranger in a strange land. Spend your time off on your own walkabout exploring pristine coral reefs, sprawling natural wonders and cosmopolitan cities. Aussies are friendly, outgoing and welcoming to visitors.
• Pros: If you’ve ever wanted to live in Australia, this is your best opportunity – nursing visas are given high priority in a country that is otherwise cool to foreign workers.
• Cons: You still need to jump through a few hoops. You’ll need an Australian nursing license (allow 6 – 9 months) and a medical exam. It’s more difficult to get a visa if you are older or married.

3. The American Sunbelt. The Southwestern U.S. and Florida are still catching their breath as millions of people migrate to new jobs and lives – as well as spectacular weather. All of this spells a desperate demand for nurses.
• Pros: High wages! Some travel nurses make up to $90,000 living in the Southwest US. More development means lots of new hospitals and cutting-edge equipment. You can work winters – during peak tourist demand — and go home in the summers.
• Cons: Sunbelt cities are fairly automobile-dependent and can be hostile to those who enjoy high-density development and walking.

4. Dubai. Sunny, modern, and booming with expatriates, Dubai is full of perks, perks, perks for registered nurses. Chief among them is an absence of an income tax. Facilities are some of the finest in the world.
a. Pros: A wide variety of career opportunities, ranging from corporations to schools to private care. Generous paid time off. Paid airfare from your country of origin.
b. Cons: A more conservative culture with stricter laws. The construction boom has created a challenging traffic situation.

5. Spain. Not as large a demand for nurses as other places, since the public health system has produced a glut of licensed nurses; however, there is a large expatriate community of retirees along the coastal cities and a need for English-speaking private nurses there.
• Pros: Unforgettable cities and friendly people. Spain has some of the best beaches and weather in Europe and is close to many top destinations by rail.
• Cons: Expect a culture shock. Visitation is allowed 24 hours a day in hospitals and families are responsible for the patient’s hygiene and aftercare.

We want to hear about your travel nursing experiences! Is it something that you would recommend? Was it the trip of a lifetime or an experience that you want to forget?

The Pulse wants to be your destination for the best travel nurse advice from the people who know best…..YOU!

Please submit your travel nursing stories, advice, and pictures!

National Nurses Week

27 Mar

Nurses Week 2009

Nurses Week 2009

May 6 is National RN Recognition Day, marking the start of National Nurses Week. Every year, we honor the efforts of America’s 2.9 million registered nurses, who save lives and maintain the health of millions of people.

The American Nurses Association has selected “Nurses: Building a Healthy America” as the theme for 2009′s observance. The weeklong celebration runs through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week has been devoted to highlighting the many ways in which registered nurses, the largest group of healthcare professionals, are working to improve healthcare. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to working in the halls of research institutions, the nursing profession is meeting the expanding healthcare requirements of American society.

Allheart™ is proud to help raise awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the role that nurses play in serving America’s healthcare needs. We honor their 24/7/365 dedication, commitment, and tireless efforts to promote and maintain the health of this nation.

Nurses! Don’t be bashful, Post the allheart.com gifts that you would like to receive for Nurse’s Week. Let people honor what you do.

Nurses, we salute you with all our hearts!

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