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Not Just a Cup of Coffee

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They say that coffee fuels the nation. I couldn’t agree more! And if you’re a tired, scrubs clad medical professional reading this, I’m sure you’re nodding your head in agreement while trying not to burn your tongue on- what is it?- your 4th cup of coffee? My, my…do you even know what goes into each cup? Just kidding, I’m not going to lecture you on the good, the bad, and the ugly. After all, what kind of a medical professional would you be if I forced you to give up your daily dose (doses?) of caffeine. But since coffee IS a major part of your life, I am going to offer you some coffee fun facts. Get your energy on!

1. Oil is the number one sold commodity in the world. And guess what comes in second place: you got it- COFFEE.

2. The average American, (and no, that probably doesn’t include the overworked medical professional,)  consumes approximately 3.1 nine ounce capacity cups of coffee a day. Don’t even bother trying to get your tired brain to do the math, I’ll do it for you…that’s a whopping 1,132 cups of coffee per drinker per year. And it’s probably more for you!

3. Good news: A recent study found that drinking coffee midlife leads to lower chances of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Uh-oh, I think I may have misplaced my stethoscope…time for another hot java!

4. Hesitant about adding that creamer to your cup of joe for fear of it getting cold too soon! Don’t be; it’ll keep your coffee hotter for a longer period of time. What?? Yup, thicker liquids (like coffee with cream) evaporate at a slower rate than thinner liquids. So if your shift is particularly crazy, it would serve you well to add a bit of creamer!

5. Drinking coffee before doing exercise will give your workout routine an extra jolt. And if you consider running around during a shift to be an exercise routine (which I obviously do!) then don’t even think about giving up that pre-shift coffee.

There you have it; now you have a conversation piece to share with the 83% of Americans who drink coffee, and, of course, your sleep deprived colleagues!

Work Your Hair While Working In Your Scrubs

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You read the fashion magazines and see the glitz and the glamour of the catwalk. As a nurse, you’re probably thinking you can never look like that on a day to day basis. Banish those negative thoughts, though, because you can;  even in your nursing scrubs. It’s all about working the hair and showcasing a fresh face.  There are tons of runway ready hairdos that are super ideal for the average nurse looking to keep her hair out of her face while tending to patients.  Steal these tips before your next shift and the fierce fashionista in you will come roaring to life.

The Slicked Back Ponytail

This is a fashion must for any nurse with long, luscious locks. It’s always on trend and super easy to achieve. Simply use your hairbrush to pull your hair back into a smooth, yet tight, high pony . The key, though,  is finding a strong enough pony holder to keep your hair in place all day. So if you have extra thick hair, try doubling up the pony-holder for added security throughout  your long shift. And to get that celebrity favorite sleek look, lightly spray a fine tooth comb with extra-hold hairspray and gently smooth back any fly-aways.

Pair your pony with the Cherokee Workwear Novelty V-neck  Top  4746 and the halls at work will suddenly be your runway. This top features fun colors, elegant princess seams, and a slightly dipped v-neck which makes this scrub top delicate and enchanting. The whole look will effortlessly mesh together and  everyone, colleagues and patients alike, will stop to stare.

The Braid

So fun and ultra versatile, the braid is a no brainer for any nurse who doesn’t have the time to blow out her hair. Whether you wear a classic three-strand braid, pigtail braids, french braids, or a more complex fishtail braid, you’ll be making the queen of braids, Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games, jealous! If you’re feeling really bold and you’re interested in channeling a Bohemian vibe, you can turn your braid into a crown. Whichever direction you go in, check out Pinterest for a full range of tutorials. Just make sure you aren’t late for work; it’s that addicting!

The French Bun

If imperfection is your thing, then this is the look for you. It’s a little loose, a little messy, and totally gorgeous. Start off as if you’re making a high pony by gathering your hair at the crown of your head. Then start twisting the pony up towards the ceiling and then wrapping the now twisted pony around itself. Fasten with bobby pins and pull out a few stray pieces to achieve that unkempt look.  It’s bed head at its best, and even better is that this off the face look will allow you to fully flaunt any of your wardrobe pieces from the Cherokee Workwear collection.

Above the Shoulder Cuts

For those nurses who favor shorter hair, we haven’t forgotten about you. Chin length bobs and pixie cuts are all the rage in Hollywood right now. Both these styles are extremely practical. It’s pretty much wash and wear. Talk to your hair stylist before making this daring fashion choice, and explain your needs.  For a working nurse, this hair style is uber-chic , and oh so easy to manage. Give everyone attitude; short hair don’t care!

Don’t be afraid to try out any of these hairstyles and show the world that nurses can work it too!

Halloween is here!

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It’s Halloween tonight! What does that mean for nurses? For some it means the night off, parties, friends, family, tricks and treats. For others, it’s just another day in the eventful life of a nurse. For the latter it means dispensing meds, being there for a patient, holding in their pee, being puked on and many other less-than-pretty nurse happenings.

Can you bring the spirit of Halloween to your floor or job even if you’re working on Halloween? Absolutely! It can be upsetting to have to work when it seems like the rest of the world is having fun and socializing. You can have that too. Get out of the gloom and bring the Halloween spirit on! With just a few, cheap and quick ideas, you can have Halloween on your dreadful shift!

halloweenDress Up. This doesn’t have to be a major costume. You can wear a cute tutu above your scrubs, a sassy tiara, a funky wig, or crazy colorful eyelashes. These items can be purchased at a low cost or can be even found in your home! Your patients and fellow nurses will catch the Halloween spirit too!

Dispense Some Goodies. Since some patients have dietetic limitations, candy or candy bars may not be the greatest idea. Getting something universal, like a little Halloween toy, may be your best option. Bendable miniature Halloween people, small plastic ghosts and witches, or eyeball glasses can be fun for everyone. Although a goody this small is seemingly insignificant, it’s the thought and the spirit that counts with this one. No need to go over the top.

Halloween Lingo. Bring the Halloween spirit on by using words such as “boo” and “spooky”. You can also use a play on words to make the context lighter. You can say “spooktacular”, “boo-tiful” or “hell-arious”. The options are really quite endless.

So get out of the funk and bring the Halloween spirit on!

We would like to thank the devoted and caring nurses all around the world who are saving lives while others are enjoying their holiday time. Nurses rock – angels in scrubs!

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…

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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?