Here’s a review from our customer Krissi in Peculiar, MO
Stylish and practical!
This jacket is fantastic! Wish the pics showed more detail...there is the cutest hot pink and orange urbane print inside the neckline and pockets. It's slimming and comfortable. I'm an RN in an ICU and like that this is professional yet fresh and so practical! I always push up my sleeves (can't stand them around my wrists, plus they can get dirty) so the soft, hidden stockinette allows me to easily push up my sleeves and they stay in place! The pockets are large and deep...this is just all around wonderful! For reference: I'm 5'6" 115lbs and XS fits great (runs true to size...not large like some urbane scrub items).
Here’s a review from our customer J in Irvine, CA:
Love the crispness and style of this scrub jacket! The embroidered front adds a lot of delicate, interesting detail. Good length, ample pockets, love the princess seams. Runs a bit large - ordered one size down and it's perfect!
The holiday season is here and we want to wish you Happy Holidays by offering you two chances to win free medical clothing uniforms from Lydia’s. Tons of new designer medical scrubs, lab coats and medical supplies will be available soon in our new catalog and on the web site so now is the perfect time to win a Lydia's gift certificate.
Enter our Holiday 2008 Photo Contest and you could win a $100 gift certificate or enter our Editor @ Large Contest and you could win a $50 gift certificate; enter both and double your chances of winning free scrubs!
To enter our Holiday 2008 Photo Contest all you have to do is click here and send us a picture of you in your holiday medical scrubs. I’m excited to see all of your photos so I hope you take the time to enter. The contest ends on January 7th, 2009 so get your camera out this week at work.
Good luck to all who enter; I can’t wait to see your pictures and read your stories.
Last week I received an e-mail from my mom inquiring about what I wanted for Christmas. After thinking about it for a week I realized that I have no idea.
If you’re in the same boat, I have one suggestion: make a wishlist, pass it on. Visit your favorite web sites, places where you normally purchase all the things you want and need and make wishlists on them. Share them with anyone who wants to know what you would like for Christmas. At Lydia’s, making a wishlist is simple. If you see a pair of hospital scrubs or a lab coat that you like, simply click on the Add Wishlist button (see picture below). Once your wishlist is complete you can e-mail it to anyone who might be wondering what you would like for Christmas. This is the perfect chance to score a pair of the designer nursing scrubs you’ve been eyeing, so go ahead and make your list.
If your wishlist is already made, but you’re still looking for gifts for others, don’t forget that we now offer gift certificates at Lydia’s Uniforms. They’re perfect for co-workers or other friends or family members who wear medical scrubs.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you enjoyed reading about everything from spacious nurse uniforms to designer medical scrubs this week. I love how there are so many new things for me to write about now that the stylish scrubs for fall have arrived. Who knows what I’ll find to write about next week.
Now, taking a break from medical uniforms (just for a minute), here are some news stories from the week that you might find interesting:
Healthcare Professionals in the News:
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and if you’re planning on purchasing any apparel scrubs, lab coats or medical supplies in the next few days I suggest you keep an eye on your e-mail for an opportunity to save a little cash when you do.
One look through a Lydia’s catalog will tell you that medical clothing uniforms come in all sorts of styles. Whether traditional hospital scrubs, lab coats and suits, a nursing dress or designer medical scrubs; the many styles of medical clothing uniforms continue to transition with the times. With so many styles of medical clothing uniforms to choose from, it seems that the line between acceptable medical clothing uniforms and unacceptable is extremely blurry. As that line continues to become more blurred, employees must abide by the policies and opinions of their employers when it comes to picking out their medical clothing uniforms or medical scrubs.
When researching dress codes at different locations around the country I discovered that there’s no uniformity when it comes to uniform dress codes. It seems that the most popular dress code is basic scrubs with a specific color for each position (green for surgeons, blue for RNs, etc.). But even this dress code isn’t uniform. Colors are different for different facilities. Sometimes patterns are acceptable and sometimes they’re not. And then there’s the whole issue of jewelry, nails, hair, etc., and it’s a complicated issue! There are other facilities that seem to be more lax, permitting any style of scrubs, having casual Fridays and some that even permit jeans to be worn with scrub tops.
As I read different forums and posts across the Internet, I discovered that employee’s opinions about dress codes are just as diverse as the dress codes themselves. Since personal care providers are often required to do strenuous and/or messy work and because more facilities are no longer providing medical uniforms, but instead requiring employees to buy medical uniforms; it’s no surprise that there are strong opinions about what can and cannot be worn. On one site I looked at, more than one individual expressed that they were actually narrowing down their job options based on dress codes. Many individuals stated a dislike for dress codes that require all white scrubs if they’re going to be performing duties that will likely be messy. And some individuals were perfectly fine with dress codes, whatever it may be, as long as they could wear comfortable medical scrubs.
I also discovered an article at American Nurse today that outlined a study on medical scrubs. The study attempted to discover what patients preferred when it came to medical scrubs. Results showed that 64% of patients thought nurses should be allowed to wear any uniform color, 39% said they would like to identify their RN by uniform color and 80% said they would like to identify their RN by a large print “RN” on a name badge. Interesting results considering the number of hospitals that use color as a way to define their employees’ positions.
In my opinion, both the more modern stylish medical scrubs and the traditional basic scrubs look professional as long as they are worn in a neat and clean matter. What's your dress code and what do you think?
And as someone who wears medical scrubs, which look do you like best? The first look is a dress by L.A. Rose. The second look consists of Barco Medical Scrubs. And the third look is a scrub top by L.A. Rose with a pair of flare scrub pants by Dickies.
I’ve been hanging out in our photo studio, looking at our new fall selection. Our merchandising team has done it again- they’ve handpicked some of the coolest, most stylish scrubs I’ve seen. With each catalog, I think “This is it. Scrubs can’t get much better than this.” Truth? They can, and they do, and it continuously amazes me. From hospital scrubs to lab coats to designer medical scrubs, there’s always a new twist. I can’t get over it. Perhaps that’s why I eagerly run to check out our new selection as soon as it’s picked.
As we begin proofing our catalog today, I am faced with the challenge of introducing our new scrub line to you on page 2. Have you ever wondered who comes up with our catalog intro? Yep, that’s me. Here’s what I do: I check out our new collection, and pay particular attention to the brands that you tell me that you like. Then, I think about how our scrubs reflect what’s going on in fashion that season and try to put myself in your shoes- in a nutshell, what do YOU need to know about our new line?
Our fall nursing scrubs line is so cool! I’m seeing lots of different fabrics and textures, including bamboo (Yes! I’ve been asking for this one), a premium easy-care poly (by one of your FAVORITE brands), and lots of cool retro prints. I’m seeing the same stuff when I’m out shopping, so I know you’re going to be as excited as I am about the fashion elements of this line.
Stay tuned- I’m going to get you a sneak peek of some of these designer medical scrubs. Also, stay tuned for Liza. She returns from her trip to California tomorrow, and I’m sure she’ll have lots to tell you.