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4 Things to Look For in the Perfect Pair of Scrubs

Finding medical scrubs that combine function and fashion into an outfit that’s comfortable, yet durable can feel like a daunting task. Snag scrubs that fit your work needs and keep you looking good while you do your job! Whether you work in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home, or dental office, show off your own unique style while including comfort and functionality into your wardrobe.

For both men and women in the field, here are some tips to ensure you find your favorite scrubs:

Practicality 

It is important to consider how functional and useful your scrubs are going to be while you’re on duty. When shopping for scrubs, put into consideration the activities you do on a daily basis and what things you are going to need from your outfit. Do you usually need to put things in your chest pocket? Does carrying extra things add stress to your neck and shoulders and you don’t need any pockets altogether? Typically, male scrubs will have a chest pocket while women scrubs have two pockets on each side to lighten the load.

Comfort

The medical field can be a stressful environment where you are constantly on your feet for hours at a time, and for that reason, it is important to be at physical ease and free of any pain or constraint. When selecting your scrubs, you want to make sure they are a good, comfortable fit. Make sure you’re choosing the right size and able to freely move around. Pants should never slide down your hips or display your undergarments when you bend. Some scrubs will have bands that run across the waist and a tie in the back. Others will have a drawstring or a button. Your scrubs should never be so baggy that it is difficult to move in, but never so tight that they’ll restrict you.

Style

Style says it all – but it may depend on the rules of the hospital or office you currently work for. Whatever the rules are that you work for, there is no reason you can’t add your own personal style on your scrubs. Once you find out the rules and regulations of your employer, there are a lot of ways to dress up your uniform!

Whether you want to wear darker colors to make it easier to remove stains, bright, bold colors to bring life to the atmosphere, or prints and colors that are in theme with the season and holidays, stock up on your favorite hues!  Another way to make your scrub unique to you is to consider what type of pants and shirt you are looking for. Do you want longer pants or looking for shorter pants? Do you want a round collar or V-neck? Are longer sleeves more comfortable for you or do the shorter sleeves fit you better? All of these things should be considered unless of course, your choices are limited and where you are working has a specific dress code. Nevertheless, experiment with the wiggle room you have and find your unique scrub trends!

Quality

Even if it means you have to spend more, purchasing scrubs from a high-quality manufacturer is essential. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your scrubs – invest in a reliable retailer. This doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive ones, just make sure you focus on the material quality and warranty – some brands even have special discounts or sales!  

Check out this list of a few of our favorite brands for scrubs among healthcare professionals:

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals in the nursing division? Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

 

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6 Tips For Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

While the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, good habits can help stop germs. Whether it’s taking time to cover your cough or wash your hands, take action to protect yourself and others from influenza this season.

Since it’s National Influenza Vaccination Week this December 3-9, now’s the time to get your annual flu vaccine and practice these simple steps to make a big impact in your health!

 

Practice Daily Healthy Habits

Keeping up with a routine can be helpful for staying healthy! Whether you work in the healthcare sector, as a teacher surrounded by children, as a caregiver, or just want to fight against cold and flu, make sure you get plenty of sleep, exercise, fluids, and nutritious food. Determined to kill those germs? Don’t forget to disinfect surfaces in your home and at work!

 

Get A Flu Vaccine

Flu season peaks between December and February – don’t wait to get that shot! The sooner you get vaccinated, the more secure you’ll be against the flu when it picks up in your local area.

Taking time to get your vaccine can not only reduce the risk of flu, but also doctors’ visits, and missed work or school due to sickness – as well as any flu-related hospitalizations.

 

Take Preventive Action

Whether it’s washing your hands using soap and warm water – make sure to rub your hands under the water for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice – avoiding contact with shared surfaces such as door knobs or tables, or staying at home to rest when you’re sick, all of these small habits can help to slow the spread of illnesses like the flu.

 

Arm Yourself With Antivirals

If you do get the flu, don’t skip those antiviral drugs. Different from over-the-counter antibiotics, they are prescription medicines that make the flu milder and shorten the time you are sick. You need to get healthy so you can get back on the floor!

 

Find Out If You’re High Risk

Are you at risk? Catching the flu can trigger a number of serious complications including pneumonia, inflammation of the heart (myocarditis), brain (encephalitis), sepsis, or even multi-organ failure. Influenza can also make chronic medical problems such as asthma or heart disease worse, so it’s essential to identify if you, or a loved one, are high risk during this season.

 

Other people at risk include:

  • Children younger than 5 years old, especially younger than 2
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have specific medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and asthma
  • Healthcare professionals

 

Whether you’re in the healthcare sector or just serious about your own health, do your part this season and be a flu fighter by practicing these germ busting habits and getting your annual flu vaccine today!

*Disclaimer: KPG Healthcare is not responsible for any experiences, reactions or health concerns associated with the flu shot and/or your health. You should always ask your licensed physician before seeking additional care. This article is for informational purposes only, for additional information on influenza please refer to the Center of Disease Control website.*

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals in the nursing division? Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

 

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Happy National Boss Day – You rock Joe and Kris!

It’s National Boss Day, and we feel like it’s safe to say… the KPG Healthcare family has the best bosses out there! We wanted to take some time to tell you both just how much we appreciate everything you do. The KPG team has voted, and it’s official we’re lucky to be able to call Kris and Joe our fearless leaders!


Mayra: I love how comfortable they make you feel even though they are the big scary CEO’s . I really appreciate the friendliness that they provide and lead by example.  I love them

PabloJoe and Kris have always been extremely supportive in all aspects and I really appreciate their “open door” policy when needing to talk about day to day business operations, challenges, strategies, etc. Happy National Boss’s Day!

Matt: Kris and Joe always say Hi in the morning, they ask what you’re up to outside of work and what’s going on this weekend etc. Always relatable on a person – to – person level. Their door is open for anything. They are far from disconnected. Good dudes all around!

Liberty: “Don’t pick a job. Pick a Boss. Your first boss is the biggest factor in your career success. A boss who doesn’t trust you won’t give you opportunities to grow.” – William Raduchel

 

Emerson: Love their positive energy!

Mike: I love working for two Rock Stars.  They lead us down ‘Thunder Road’ and thru the ‘Badlands’… ‘Racing in the Street’ to the ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’. Whether we’re ‘Dancing in the Dark’ or on a ‘Long Walk Home’ – Joe & Kris remind of us of our ‘Hungry Heart’, our ‘Human Touch’, and that we’re ‘Tougher Than the Rest’.

Wealthy: I love working for Joe because he is so clean and organized.  And I love working for Kris because he always wants to know what’s going on for the upcoming weekend! =)

Natasha: Always upbeat attitude. Always encouraging and interested in what EVERYONE has going on… just great people/energy overall love them!

Leti: One thing I love about working for Kris and Joe is that they go above and beyond to create an atmosphere where everyone feels safe to ask for help and make work fun! I really do feel lucky to work for great people like Kris and Joe!

Kristi Parrales: I love the fist pumps from Kris every morning and the warm smile from Joe when he comes to our cubicles to check in. Joe is really great at team meetings. I’m always excited to hear what news he has to share.

Hanna: They are open and available to help everyone! Their door is literally always open and they have an approachable vibe where they aren’t an “intimidating boss”. I appreciate that!

Kristi Palombo: They always put the team first!

Jan: I love the youth and humor they bring to the office. I love that the drive and determination at a young age is a good story to tell my boys.

Sean: They are always in a good mood and are approachable in the office. Plus they always take time to talk to us and crack jokes!

Becca: They create a positive work environment that promotes communication, recognition, success and a good work life balance.

Bern: Their approachability, positive energy, upbeat attitudes and passion for employees to succeed makes them amazing bosses!

Tiko: I love the fact that Kris and Joe are very approachable and always have their office open/have time to give some great advice or even chat regarding just about anything.

Patrick: The best part about working with Kris and Joe is the great workplace environment they have created. They have done an awesome job keeping the office fun and motivated. Also, the snacks are pretty sweet too!

Gladis: I like working with Joe & Kris because of their upbeat, positive & fun personalities. It sets the atmosphere for the entire company and at least for me makes coming to work a little less work. They encourage hard work without forgetting to make it fun & enjoyable to be here.

Zach – Both Joe and Kris have done an excellent jump creating a phenomenal work culture.  I’ve always appreciated how they’ve included everyone within the company their vision, motivating everyone to work as hard as possible to be successful.

Cassie: I love working with Kris and Joe because they make it comfortable. We still have fun in a relaxed environment, while still working our bootys off.

Veronica: They have an open door policy – come in with concerns, requests, jokes, the latest sports news, etc.! They are genuine all around guys!

Mark: The main reason I love Joe and Kris is as follows: when we were all at the beach a few months ago and my dad went too far out (he cannot swim) he was in danger of drowning. Not even the lifeguards were willing to swim out to his rescue since there were several sharks surrounding him and I was sure that this was the end for my aquatically challenged father. Just as I was about to call the Los Angeles court house to put myself up for adoption, I noticed my two bosses Joe and Kris already halfway to his location. The speed they were swimming at was uncanny, it was if they had found a way to use their arms as clean energy/ non-smog inducing motors. After what felt like hours, they emerged on to the shoreline, Joe carrying my dad and Kris clearing the crowd of bystanders who weren’t righteous enough to accomplish what they just had. I’ll never forget the look in Joe’s eyes when he was checking my dad’s pulse. Focused and without fear. And I’ll never forget the emotion in Kris’ voice as he pounded his fists on my dad’s chest screaming, “Not today you bastard… you aren’t dying today… not while Joe and I are here!”/ I almost collapsed in relief when my dad finally took a deep revived breath. He was saved. I was helpless that day- But Joe and Kris were there to show the courage I couldn’t. I offered to buy them ice cream but by the time I returned with it, they were already riding jet skis into the coastline sunset (The jet skis had really cool custom paintjobs that looked like fire). They are great bosses to work for.

Lisa: I would say one thing I enjoy about Joe and Kris as a boss is the incredible generosity they show all of us. Before my first day Joe invited me to a Kings game because he had a suite and the whole crew was going and he wanted me to feel like part of the family. I found that to be special considering I hadn’t even started yet. Whether it’s a raffle to win Dodger tickets or a room for us to not drive home after an awesome Christmas party or Joe’s delicious salsa we always feel taken care of.  Thanks Kris and Joe!!! Happy bosses appreciation day.

Chris: I love that when I have questions, concerns, or life interactions I can go to them and know they’ll give me realistic conversations/interactions they have had to help make me a better recruiter/person.

Meghan: The only way to do great at work is to have great people to work with.  Kris and Joe have created a work environment that together we achieve more. There is teamwork, respect, motivation, honesty, laughter, friendship and more.  Kris and Joe make a point to be involved everyday with everyone and that speaks volumes, whether it is a high five, fist bump or a smile.

Ruthie: I Love working with Joe and Kris because they’re young and hip which makes them fun and down to earth. I Love how understanding they can be with everyone and how for holiday weekends they allow us to leave early the Friday before, which shows me they really care about us and value our time with our family. They’re considerate

Kimmy: I really enjoy the atmosphere here at KPG, we are like a family that has their ups and downs but always finds a way to get ahead. Joe and Kris have a busy schedule but always have time to pick up their head to say hi or go around to see how everyone’s weekend was. I feel really privileged to be part of KPG and want to thank our amazing bosses for letting me be a part of their success. May God Bless you and the team! KPG Rocks

Belen: I truly appreciate that Joe and Kris are always approachable and friendly.  They take time to always say hi and check to see how everyone is doing. Not only with regards to work but on a personal level showing that they care about their Team.

Mark: Joe and Kris make it a point to encourage your individuality. You don’t go in working for them and come out a robot- You come out as your best self, motivated and confident. It’s great knowing they have my back.

Peter: Having a boss that loves the Lions as much as I do!

Hana: The one thing I love about working with Kris and Joe is how charismatic they both are! Their upbeat, fun and passionate personalities are contagious and truly inspire me to strive for success.

Liza: The reason why I like working with Kris and Joe is because they are great Bosses. They treat everyone the same and they listen and get to know the people they are managing, they value their time and employee time. They let their employees know where they stand, they become personal mentors by listening and maintaining a positive attitude.

Chad – Joe: His optimistic, caring, loyal and trusting personality. Kris: His uncanny ability to let things roll off his shoulders, his knack at building relationships, and his strong attention to detail.

Clarissa I love their generosity and their understanding of the work/life balance.

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” – Robin Sharma

 

 

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