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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
22 Dec

With the holiday season in full force, the An Apple A Day team decided to slow down and reflect on our favorite holiday traditions…….

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
24 Nov

As Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for feasting and reflection, the An Apple A Day Team each reflected on what they are thankful for this holiday season…

I am thankful for my growing family with the addition of our dogs Gracie and Noah. While they might drive my husband and me crazy with their occasional shoe chewing and counter surfing, our house would not be a home without them!Amy Henry

10 Nov

What sort of leadership does the nursing profession need? The discussion of transactional vs. transformational leadership is part of any Industrial/Organizational Psychology curriculum.  Translated to a practical application, transformational leadership (which is based on engagement between the leaders and followers) is a highly effective strategy for improving workplace satisfaction, promoting a positive attitude and reducing nursing staff turnover.  It works especially well in what can be a complex, high-stress environment such as healthcare.*  

03 Nov

Many of you have heard the term “scrubs growing legs”. Referring to the fact that scrubs, or any kind of linen for that matter, go missing because it “just walked away on its own”. There are several reasons for losing or missing scrubs and there are also several ways to control or combat this growing issue.

Apparel by Fashion Seal Healthcare®
27 Oct

The Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2014 included Aluminum, describing it as a “futuristic stainless steel shade that serves as a complex neutral.”  A quick search of Pinterest reveals a host of boards featuring this “complex neutral” as the new white. Ignoring any 50 Shades of Grey references, the grey color family invokes a cosmopolitan, city-sidewalk, industrial chic vibe.       

Scrubs and Lab Coats by Fashion Seal Healthcare
22 Oct

Working as a uniform provider in the healthcare industry I tend to take notice any time I see an individual dressed in scrub apparel outside of my work bubble. On a recent trip to the grocery store I noticed what I presumed to be a nurse, near me in the produce aisle. While pretending to be fascinated with the tomatoes that were on sale, I examined her uniform from a distance trying to determine the brand. As I watched her handle fruit and set it back on the shelf, it occurred to me that she had just come from work where she had been working with presumably ill patients all day.

Patient Gowns by Fashion Seal Healthcare
15 Oct

1. Form vs. Function  

What type of patient gown is needed?  The most common types of gowns are:

  • Patient gowns - usually worn by a patient in an environment where they are not being monitored by any type of equipment
  • IV gowns - typically constructed with snap closures on both shoulders to allow the nursing staff easy access to a patient’s wounds and/or monitoring equipment being utilized due to the medical procedures the patient may have encountered
Apparel by Fashion Seal Healthcare®
08 Oct

One of the many advantages of a uniform program is employee role identification.  Many times, a visit to a healthcare facility is accompanied by nerves, anxiety, worry or downright fear, not only for the patient, but also the family members.  By incorporating a uniform program that is color-coded by role, patients have a visual cue of who is a caregiver

Scrub apparel by Fashion Seal Healthcare®
06 Oct

We all know that color plays a very big part in our lives.  Every morning we decide what we are going to wear and despite thinking it is mostly about style, I think it’s more so the color that drives our decision. If you're looking to make a statement and be intense, wear red. If you want to gain someone’s trust, make it a blue outfit. If you want to appear creative, put on some purple.

Ancillary Healthcare Uniforms by Fashion Seal Healthcare
02 Oct

Having spent much of my career developing and implementing Ancillary services operations for Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), I have a deep rooted appreciation for the impact these dedicated people can have on the patient experience.  These support service departments can include:

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Think back to your most recent visit to a hospital or doctor’s office. Did the nurse who took your pulse and blood pressure wash her hands before touching you?  How often are his or her scrubs laundered and sanitized?

I received a call from one of our salesmen the other day.  He asked, “Do we make any ugly scrubs for any of our customers?”

“Say again.”

I’ve been working in the customer service department for over 14 years, and it seems like there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new.

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