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Nurse Must-Haves

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If you were stranded on a remote island somewhere halfway across the world, and you were allowed 5 personal items of your choice, what would they be?? Just kidding, I’m not going to play this game with you. I will, however, tell you the five must-haves every nurse needs to get through her shift. And I mean NEED; as in you can’t get through your shift without them. So just keep a mental list in your mind, and run through it before each shift. You’ll be thanking me soon enough!


You can’t do your job if you don’t have scrubs. The end. Having a few sets of durable, stain resistant scrubs that can withstand all that goes on in a hospital setting; i.e. germs, blood, and a slew of other ‘not-too-pretty’ stuff, as well as rigorous washings, is a necessity. In fact, I can recommend the perfect set: the Cherokee Workwear 4801 mock wrap along with the Cherokee Workwear 4101 flare leg pant will serve you well, and both pieces are quite chic, to boot. Here’s a helpful hint: Keep a freshly laundered set of scrubs in your car or locker in the event that you need an emergency spare set!


People talk about ‘tools of the trade,’ and the tool of YOUR trade is none other than the stethoscope. Regardless of the setting you work in, you need a good, solid stethoscope; nothing cheap or disposable.  Listening to your patient’s lungs and heart is the ABC’s of a proper physical assessment, so make sure you’re doing it right!


You will be on your feet for a solid 12 hours, which warrants only the best footwear has to offer. Your shoes must be comfortable, durable, and supportive. What you can’t control is the fact that your feet will hurt when you get home; what you can control is how badly they’ll hurt. You may have to make a bit of an investment for a quality pair of nursing shoes, but it’ll be an expense well worth it.

Pens, Pencils and More:

Writing may be archaic these days, but you still need a functioning pen, pencil, Sharpie, and dry erase marker on hand at all times. The worst feeling ever is having to write something down and not having the proper writing tool. Even worse is having to run from station to station looking for that elusive pen, pencil or whatnot. The scrubs manufacturers make it easy for you these days, as most scrub tops and bottoms come equipped with multiple pen slots. So no more excuses!

Alcohol Swabs:

You work in a hospital setting, which means there are germs literally everywhere. Having a stash of alcohol pads on hand, to wipe down items like your stethoscope or an IV port, will help keep the environment as sterile as possible.

Here you have it: If you were stranded in a hospital and were told you must cover a shift, these are the 5 must-have items you would request!

The Pregnant Nurse

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You’ve got that amazing pregnancy glow, the adorable baby bump, you’ve been taking it easy and – oh, you’re a nurse? Then forget the last part. I’m sure you’ve got the glow and the cute belly, but working as a nurse involves time on your feet; lots of time on your feet. And the world of nursing is quite the busy one. How then, can you care for yourself properly so that those all important nine months go by smoothly and comfortably? Read on to find out!

Pamper Your Feet

Carrying a baby is no small ‘feet’ (I had to!) and coupled with the typical nursing shift, you’re bound to have even more aches and pains than your average mama-to-be. You can take steps (pun intended!) though, to reduce the pressure you exert on your feet, by having the dad give you a gentle massage every day after work. A 10-20 minute foot massage can really make all the difference. In fact, according to the Journal of Nursing Practice, women in late pregnancy who received daily 20-minute foot massages had a smaller leg circumference. So bye-bye bloated ankles and hello dainty flats. (Just kidding, you should try and wear supportive shoes throughout.) Another great idea- compression stockings. They really help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis which pregnant women are 4-5 times more likely to develop.

Bring On The Water

No, I do not mean the tears, even though that too is a normal part of pregnancy. What I mean is for you to drink up. Drink, drink, drink; it’s good for you. Even if it means constantly running to the bathroom. Another spin on this? Go for a swim! Floating around in a swimming pool can do wonders for you! It’s the only place you’ll feel weightless, and besides, it’s a non-jarring workout routine. Take a morning swim and you’ll find that you’re energized and ready to tackle your day with full confidence!

Take a Whiff

What’s the biggest pregnancy gripe? Nausea and vomiting of course! There is relief, though. By regularly inhaling the essential peppermint and lavender oils, you can drastically reduce the level of nausea and vomiting you may experience in early pregnancy. A good idea is to inhale these oils twice a day, preferably before napping or sleeping.

Comfort Is Key

Gone are the days where you’re forced to figure out how to squeeze your pregnant self into regular fit scrubs. Times have changed and there are now maternity scrubs to accommodate your growing baby bump. Made with super comfy stretch panels so that they grow along with you, and available in a wide range of sizes, colors, and prints, you’ll forget that you’re wearing a maternity medical uniform.

Be Your Own Advocate

Take control of your body and your baby, and speak up! While pregnancy isn’t a free pass to neglect your responsibilities, you are entitled to be as comfortable as possible. So if anything makes you uncomfortable, or if you are concerned about the well being of your pregnant self or your unborn baby, you have every right to let your voice be heard.

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life, and being a nurse is no contradiction to that, as long as you make the most of it.

HeartSoul Scrubs

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From the brand that has made waves in the junior apparel market, and which has come to you through major retail chains like Kohl’s, JC Penny, and Sears, comes a young, fresh line of medical scrubs sure to capture the hearts of nurses everywhere. HeartSoul is synonymous with on trend designs, unique, signature accents, as well as a tremendous following of diehard HeartSoul girls. And because style matters, HeartSoul has made the momentous decision to infiltrate the scrubs market; a niche which has been somewhat neglected on the fashion scale. Nursing scrubs will no longer be what they once were, as HeartSoul is about to revolutionize the scrubs industry.

HeartSoul fittingly defines heart as something which, “embodies health, hope passion and love,” and, “why we do what we do,” and the soul, as, “the principal of life; our spirit, feelings and thoughts.” The very meaning of the HeartSoul brand brings to mind the hugely talented and completely dedicated healthcare professionals, who are 100% devoted to what they do for humanity. It’s a heart and soul investment, which deserves at the very least, an affordable, top of the line brand of medical scrubs that is completely focused on bringing the best in both fashion and functionality.

Two special HeartSoul collections will be featured come Valentine’s Day, February 14. The Picture Perfect collection features quality fabrics which are soft to the touch, ultra durable, and designed to move with your body. Fun, girly styling, such as princess seams, as well as enchanting little details will take hold of your heart and never let it go. Take the Romance Mock Wrap Top, for example. The mock wrap styling makes this scrub top perfect for the fun loving nurse. It features gorgeous back smocking, HeartSoul’s signature gold, heart-shaped charm, and an interior cell phone pocket with the words, “Ring Ring, Hello…?” adorably embroidered in metallic gold thread.  To complement their tops, the cargo pants in the Picture Perfect collection include a drawstring with the HeartSoul logo charm at each end.

The second collection due out from HeartSoul is the Break On Through collection. Designed for ease of wear, extra functionality, and bursting with personality, the pieces in the Break On Through collection are sure to ignite a little fire in your soul. The True Love V-neck Scrub Top features the signature heart design tape at the back neck for an added pop of personality and funky asymmetrical pockets. But if that isn’t enough to get you running to order, the pieces in this collection also incorporate an innovative headphone cord system. Listening to music to and from shifts will now be a real pleasure.

The pieces from the new HeartSoul line of medical scrubs are sure to create a frenzy among all style conscious nurses, so save the date and be ready to order February 14.  Both tops and bottoms are sure to sell out quickly, as items are available in a host of colors, patterns, and fitted styles. To see the full collection, check out this video. HeartSoul is about to rock your world and change the way you perceive your nursing scrubs.

Nursing Uniforms Throughout the Ages

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The stereotypical nurse is the one with the perfectly starched white apron, dainty little white hat, white socks and white rubber shoes. Notice how “white” is the recurring theme. While this quintessential, iconic image may still linger at the forefront of your mind, the fact is that nursing uniforms have taken quite a journey since its standard 19th century representation.

19th Century

The nurses of the 19th century were not given the respect they garner today. Clad in typical servants’ uniforms, a black gown with a white cap and pristine white apron, these nurses were considered to have a mere street profession. It wasn’t until the 1840’s that nursing as a specialized profession gained some respect. The nurses now started to receive training and shed their servant attire for ladylike gowns with white aprons and caps to indicate that they were nurses. This is when the stark white cap became tantamount to the nursing profession.

Florence Nightingale is credited with taking things a step farther and paving the way for nurses to be recognized as the superiors which they are. Thanks to her, nursing became a reputable line of work.  Nightingale instituted a school system and real uniforms were established. Nurses were now distinguished by a hat and band which displayed their rankings. Nurses fresh out of school wore pastel colored bands, while senior nurses, as well as nursing teachers, wore black bands.

20th Century

Once the 1900s rolled around, nursing uniforms became noticeably different from the servant uniforms they used to resemble. They now featured a button down top with pointy collar, a white bib and apron, and pockets for holding all the little things a nurse may need. They also began to wear large hats reminiscent of a nun’s high hat, if only to borrow an added measure of respectability.

WWI  saw the nursing uniforms redesigned once again, as functionality became key. Shirts were shortened, aprons removed and sleeves rolled up, all for the effortless movement needed on the battlefield. The 1950s saw the large, crown like caps worn during WWI replaced with comfortable and simpler paper hats, and the practice of using hats to connote status was dropped. Dresses also became less fitted as no one had the time to tend to intricately tailored gowns. Best of all, these new uniforms were a pleasure to wash, iron, and of course wear.

By the late 1970s, the nursing hat which came to define nurses for so long became obsolete, and male nurses began to wear cheaper nursing scrubs which quickly became the latest fashion craze. These scrubs came close enough to casual, regular clothing and nurses came to really appreciate them.


In today’s hospitals, all medical staff wear nursing scrubs for hygienic purposes and the only thing differentiating a nurse from a doctor, or even other staff for that matter, is a name tag. At times medical centers will mandate certain colors or patterns for the medical scrubs worn by nurses and doctors. That aside, nursing scrubs generally resemble typical drawstring pants and v-neck t-shirts. They’re available in so many styles and colors these days, it’s literally like shopping for your average top or pair of pants. So go all out and have fun with your uniform!

What If?

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Do you ever wonder what if? The world is wide, wide open to what-ifs. What-ifs can be super duper exciting or really freaky. Going down the road of what-ifs is always fun if you stay on the positive side of things.

What if the whole world wore scrubs? Oh! The world would just be such a comfortable place! We would all be crashing in comfy pajamas everywhere. Maybe fashion competition would go down because the options in scrubs are far smaller than the apparel options available today. Maybe I’d be tired of just wearing scrubs and would want to wear something more…

what if money tree


What if there were actually money trees? Our moms would definitely not be able to tell us, “Money doesn’t grow on trees, sweetheart”. That would be the life! Money here, money there, money growing everywhere. There would have to be some sort of rules and regulations system regarding which trees you can pick from and which you can’t, otherwise the world would be quite chaotic. Money on trees still sounds like a good idea to me!

What if humans could fly? Highways would have to be built up high, that’s for sure. We would see the world by just soaring. We’d have the opportunity to go to our favorite places in the world without paying a expensive price tag for travel fare. That would be quite the joy!

What if you can get one wish when you turn 60? I’d probably change my mind many times over throughout my life until I turned 60! What would your wish be? Maybe you’d want wings, maybe ready-made delicious food for the rest of your life, maybe health, maybe love.

What if you shared the what-ifs you’re thinking of? Have you ever thought of any? What are they?

The Top 4 Benefits of Being a Nurse

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Although tough at times, nursing can be rewarding.

Although tough at times, nursing can be rewarding.

Being a nurse can be hard. Draining. Frustrating. Even horrible at times. You may have forgotten after being a nurse for so long that there actually are advantages to being a nurse. We have put together a list of the 4 top reasons nurses have told us they love their nursing jobs. So whether you’re an old time nurse and forgot why you ever wanted to become one, or a nurse in the making – this list is for you!

1. Portability

The number one reason why nursing is so favorable is because you can practically take it anywhere you go! When you’re starting off at college you may not really be sure where life will take you and where you will end up living. Nursing is one of those professions that you can use your degree mostly anywhere by reciprocating your degree. (There are different requirements for every State Board of Nursing, but the process is pretty simple everywhere.)

2. Flexible Schedule

Let’s put it this way – as a nurse you are not locked into a 9-5 work schedule. You can choose 8, 10, 12 hour shifts during the day, weekends, or nights. The options are endless and you can create a schedule that fits your schedule best. If you prefer a more structured, routine schedule, you can choose a nursing job at a school or something more of that nature.

3. Change of Pace

Face it- we get bored easily. Sitting at a computer for hours a day can get so monotonous it’s hard to stay awake. When you’re a nurse things are never the same. Different patients, different scenarios, possibly different settings. Each situation brings challenge, some you may have never done before. And that is exciting!

4. Scrubs

Oh yeah! I think all nurses will agree that scrubs take the cake. Who wouldn’t want to wear pj’s to work? Nurses stay comfy all day in their uniforms. Better than street clothes, better than business suits and heels for sure! Of course, some scrubs are not all that comfortable and can be quite stiff. Make sure to buy super soft stretchy scrubs like the Dickies Xtreme Stretch scrubs.

If you have any benefits you think we should know about, let us know! We’d love to hear.

How To Properly Wash Your Scrubs at Home

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It can be really frustrating that scrubs fade over time. You buy ’em spanking; the color is bright and deep just the way you like it. But just a few washes later they’re a distant relative of the color they once were.

It can also be quite unnerving to think of all the bacteria on your scrubs. After a 12 hour shift scrubs are anything but sanitary. Well, just to name a few – a few different patients’ blood may have ended up on various parts of your attire, there may be some bodily extractions around your mid body region and of course, some spilled food is inevitable. Something tells me the washing machine just won’t cut it. Are you really doing the right thing when washing scrubs at home?

We have put together a list of do’s and don’ts for your scrub wash routine so that your scrubs stay true in color and can be super sanitary as well as.

The need to be autoclaved is real! Washing just doesn't feel enough.

The need to be autoclaved is real!


  • Wash your scrubs with half a cup of white distilled vinegar with every load. This will help set the color and help the scrubs from bleeding and fading.
  • Turn your scrubs inside out before you wash them. When the scrubs are washed inside out, it will help with fading too.
  • If you can, take your scrubs on and off at work. Place them in closed bag and wash them at home. This will minimize the amount of bacteria that will contaminate your scrubs on your way home.
  • Wash your scrubs separate from your regular clothing to minimize the spread of bacteria.
  • 100% Cotton scrubs should be washed in cold water, 65% Cotton/35% Poly scrubs should be washed in warm water.
  • Dry your scrubs in the dryer halfway, then line dry.


  • Don’t overstuff the washing machine when washing scrubs. Scrubs need plenty of room to move around in order get clean.
  • Avoid washing your scrubs in hot water. Hot water can set stains and decrease the quality of your scrubs.
  • Don’t toss your scrubs in the dryer until they are bone dry.

And while you’re ahead, save yourself some grief and purchase good quality scrubs that will last you a lifetime! The Cherokee Workwear Stretch scrubs are the basic Workwear on a whole new level. The most popular top is the Cherokee Workwear Stretch 4748 mock wrap scrub top.

Wash well and keep clean!

How to Feel Summer Even at Work

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You can feel Summer at work too!

You can feel Summer at work too!

When we were kids, summer was vacation. Now as adults, it can be anything but!

It’s hard to work in the summer. The shift seems longer, the hours seem to stretch and go by ever so slowly. It’s funny how in the winter months, work seems so much shorter, quicker and exciting! Hands down, it’s the weather that looks so enticing on the drive to work. The sun is shining, the children are at day camp and the beach is beckoning for our arrival! The last thing we want to do is spend our days indoors.

When the work days seem endless and you just want to run outside and skip home, there are ways that you can give yourself an easy summer boost. Firstly, if you have windows at work, pull those blinds up and let the sun fill the room. It’s cool how much less isolated you’ll feel when you can actually see what’s going on outdoors and let the sun shine in. If you don’t have windows at work or the sunlight won’t quite do it for you, go ahead and take a 5 minute stroll outside. This can do wonders! You’ll feel refreshed, energized and like you’re actually getting time in the sun. Eat your lunch outdoors and you’ll feel even better!

Cherokee Scoop Neck Top 3819B

Cherokee 3819B Scrub Top Summery Print

Another easy idea to get the clock to tick faster is to listen to music on the job. If you’re in an office, turn your favorite radio show on low volume on your computer. If you’re occupation entails more movement, keep headphones or ear-buds on you to connect to your phone or iPod. Your favorite songs are bound to keep you entertained. The most important tip we have – do all the menial tasks in the morning. Get the more boring work out of the way first thing in the morning when your attention is sharper and you are more enthusiastic.

Believe it or not, what you’re wearing has great impact on how you feel. Don those summery, fresh, bright clothes and you’ll be enjoying the summer from indoors as well. The Cherokee 3819B scrub top has so much personality. Or try the Cherokee Workwear Stretch Top 4727 in the color Shocking Pink, for a full on summer feel.

So even if you’re doing a staycation this summer, it can be as refreshing as you make it out to be!

Blog Launch! An In-Depth View of the Making of a Scrub

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blog post 1 scrub sketchMedical Discount Scrubs is proud to announce the launch of our new medical scrubs blog! In this blog we will share all the latest and greatest about medical scrubs, from the hottest styles and trends to fitting tips, sales and more.
In every product that is introduced to the market the mindsets of consumers and wholesalers are very different, and wholesalers try as best as they can to bridge that gap and reach into the minds of consumers as they work on manufacturing a product. Today we’ll take you on a little tour through the workings of the manufacture of a medical scrub.

Nursing scrub style has evolved tremendously over the years. Wholesalers now have teams of skilled designers who study everything from fashion show trends to current street style and try to come up with ways to incorporate the latest trends into medical scrubs. While they work, however, manufacturers have to keep in mind that scrubs are, at the end of the day, work clothes, and subject to medical institutions’ rules and regulations.
When purchasing new scrubs don’t think that just because it’s on the market, it’s okay for work. Manufacturers do not run their styles by hospital boards before putting nursing uniforms on the market, so keep in mind that you may have to return a style that’s too rad for your supervisor’s taste.
Much of the styling of a scrub is trial and error. At the end of each season manufacturers will review the season’s sales and make adjustments as necessary. Sometimes a scrub style will be pulled after just one season, if it does not sell well.

Scrub brands know that nurses and medical professionals need function above all else, and they try to provide this as much as possible, with numerous pockets and other features. If you’re looking for a truly functional scrub, however, look for scrubs that are marketed as such. At the end of the day there are only so many utilitarian features that can be incorporated into a fashionable scrub, and the truly functional scrubs will suffer a bit in the fashion department.

All scrubs are first manufactured in core colors, which are classic group colors such as white, black, etc. Once the line starts to take off more fashion colors will be added and subtracted according to the seasons. Some fashion colors will do great for a few season and then die out, either due to style changes or designers looking to change things up. If you have an unusual colored scrub that you love, stock up on it! It won’t be around forever.

We at Medical Discount Scrubs are more than just a supplier of medical scrubs; we are an active member of the medical community, and we love to hear feedback from the many medical professionals who fight the good fight on an everyday basis in our scrubs. We welcome comments on everything from your preferred scrub styles, to topics you’d like to read about on the Medical Discount Scrubs blog.

Make it a great day!