What comes to mind when you think of fall? Leaves changing? School starting? The weather is getting cooler, and we have hot new colors that will bring some wow to your work wardrobe. But be warned, wearing these must-have hues may make others green with envy, and we promise that’s not purple prose. Both fashionable and flattering, our new tones inspired by green and purple are the perfect way to spice up your look with a little fall seasoning. No matter what your go-to Cherokee collection, cut and style may be, we have the shade that’s sure to make you look sharp, along with the quality and comfort you’ve come to depend on. Here’s what’s in store…
Hello friends! We are thrilled to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce this month’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Nam. Jennifer has been a pediatric nurse for two years, and she works with children with trach ventilators, pulmonary and respiratory issues as well as patients with diabetes. Jennifer pursued a career in nursing because she wanted to do something meaningful and important in the lives of others, and what she soon discovered is how much meaning and importance it brought into her own life. Every day on the job is different from the next, and while she never knows what she may encounter when she walks into work, she knows that each day is going to be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. Her favorite part of her job is not only working with children and helping them feel better, but also getting to know their families and being able to provide them with care and support. She enjoys connecting with her patients in special ways, whether it’s bonding over a love of dogs (She always wears a button of her adorable two-year-old dog, Tate!) or even having an impromptu jam session complete with musical instruments. It’s no wonder that Jennifer describes herself as “silly” and “a big kid.”
Here are some fun facts about Jennifer:
- She finds her work to be adventurous, fun and rewarding.
- Her five must-haves are sleep, her badge, her stethoscope, a good attitude and the support of her coworkers and family.
- Her heroes are her parents who inspired her to work hard, her husband who is incredibly encouraging and her fellow coworkers. She and her coworkers “lean on each other and look to each other to be inspired.”
- She grew up loving Belle from Beauty and the Beast because Belle is smart, well-read and fearless. As Jennifer says, Belle “would make a great nurse!”
Jennifer tells us that you know you’re a nurse when you can’t help but give advice to your friends, and you always want to watch over the people you care about. And it’s Jennifer’s compassion, selflessness and caring nature that truly inspire us and make us proud to call her our Cherokee Hero of the Month.
For more about Jennifer, check out her inspiring video.
Love her look? Jennifer is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Round Neck Top in Red and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Low-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in Red.
Hello friends! Here at Cherokee, we take pride in supporting healthcare workers, whether it’s through comfortable, high quality medical apparel, footwear and accessories, or through scholarship, volunteer and recognition programs. One such program is the A Nurse I Am Film and Scholarship program, which awards nursing students $2,000 to help defray the cost of their education. Since 2007, we’ve had the privilege and pleasure of providing 80 scholarships totaling $160,000 to stand-out student nurses around the country.
Nursing student winners are selected based on their essays written in response to the inspirational and award-winning film, “A Nurse I Am,” produced by Cherokee to help encourage and instruct nurses and students in their profession. Applicants were asked to watch the film and address the question of how they might balance patient-focused care with heavy workloads and increased demands. Some thoughtful responses from a few of this year’s 10 winning essays include:
“Nurses and student nurses must understand that patient-centered care requires not only rigorous training, testing and licensing but also the proper motivation. It requires true empathy and humility.” – Derrick Jepsen, Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona
“To prevent the mentality of goal-focused care, I will first improve my communication technique. This includes communication to the patient, family, and the rest of the health care team. Communication is integral to better patient outcomes, and I intend to actively create as many positive outcomes as possible.” – April Narvaez, University of Houston-Victoria in Sugarland, Texas
“In light of this video my mission for my future nursing career is to never stop learning and to never be satisfied with my current level of expertise, but to continue improving my comprehension and apply these skills to help others. To take a holistic approach and see my patients for whom they are as people physically, emotionally, and spiritually, not just for their symptoms.” – Megan Cahill, Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon
Congratulations to these and all the winners of this year’s scholarship. To see a full list of winners, read their essays and learn more about the Scholarship program, click here.
Are you a student nurse or know someone who is? Entry for the 2015 A Nurse I Am Scholarship begins in November. And be sure to “like” Cherokee Uniforms on Facebook for up-to-date A Nurse I Am Scholarship info and pass it along to all the eligible students you know.
Hi friends! Here at Cherokee, we are always in awe of the work that healthcare professionals do each day. Their selfless and unwavering support of their patients, their dedication to causes they believe in and their passion for making a difference in the lives of others are what truly inspire us.
Today we have the opportunity to share one such story with you, as we profile Maggie Knight, a recent nursing school graduate. During her time at Stony Brook University, Maggie ran four charitable organizations, volunteered hundreds of hours of her time and steadfastly worked to raise funds for cancer. In fact, due to her hard work and commitment to fighting cancer, Stony Brook University received a charitable grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation for a student-run camp for children of cancer patients. Because of Maggie’s altruism and generosity, she was also the winner of our 11th Annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award in the student nurse category. Mike Singer, CEO of Cherokee Uniforms, recognized Maggie for her dedication, compassion and commitment to those who are so deserving of help. Reflecting on the award he said, “She joins all of this year’s winners as a model for providing outstanding care, as well as inspiration to their peers….We are very proud to honor Maggie for her exemplary service that benefits those in her community.”
As Maggie joins the ranks of RNs, we thank her for her dedication and look forward to all that she will accomplish in the future!
Click here to learn more about Maggie and this year’s five other Inspired Comfort Award winners.
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Hello friends! We are delighted to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Graham Valley. Graham has been a nurse for over two years and works in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He always knew that he wanted to work in Critical Care, and he thinks one day he may eventually go into Medical Transport. His favorite part of his job is the randomness and spontaneity of the Emergency Department and the fact that each night is different from the next. He says that having the opportunity to truly help children while working with amazing and talented coworkers is what makes his job “incredibly enjoyable.” Plus, Graham really likes working the nightshift and doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.
Here are some fun facts about Graham:
- He describes himself as energetic and outgoing.
- He finds his work to be rewarding, very fun and incredible.
- He enjoys anything music-related, and he does a lot of writing. In fact, music and journaling help him unwind from work and life in general.
- As a kid, he always wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, not only because the turtles talked to humans, but because he loved pizza!
Graham would like to tell new nurses to stick with it. He urges them to listen and take everything in that they can, test out new skills and try out new things. Specifically, for men pursuing nursing, he hopes that they disregard any resistance they may face and fight any stigmas, as “men can be just as powerful in that profession.” Graham enthusiastically proclaims, “Go into nursing!” And we are certainly glad that Graham followed his own advice.
For more about Graham, check out his inspiring video.
Love his look? Graham is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Men’s V-Neck Top in Pewter and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Men’s Drawstring Cargo Pant in Pewter.
Hi Cherokee devotees! Summer is in full swing, and we’re inspired by the unique elements that make up the season. That’s how we continue to provide you with the freshest looks and styles around. And speaking of fresh, we’re confident that our boldest and brightest colors this summer will tempt your fashion taste buds and whet your fashion appetite. When it comes to summer styles, we’re excited to show off the fruits of our labor…literally!
What’s your favorite fashion fruit?
Wow in Watermelon
Sizzle in Citrus Green
Cool Off in Orange Sorbet
Look Great in Grape
Exude Pizzazz in Orange Papaya
Be All the Rage in Raspberry
We think you’ll go bananas over our beautiful (and fruit-iful) looks.
Hi friends! Cherokee’s tagline, Inspired Comfort, applies perfectly to all of our Cherokee collections, and this is especially true when it comes to our athletically-inspired scrubs, Perfect Stretch. We’ve got it down to an art combining casual comfort and carefree looks to create a sporty style that moves with you. With wrinkle-resistant fabric and a four-way stretch plus anti-cling, you’re in the perfect position to take on the day in your healthcare position. Namely, Perfect Stretch is the perfect collection for healthcare professionals to wear, and that’s anything but a stretch.
What else makes Perfect Stretch so perfect? In addition to the comfy and sporty look and feel, the collection’s bright hues put you perfectly in step with summer’s hottest colors.
Find out for yourself how Perfect Stretch got its name.
June is all about Jennifer! We are delighted to introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Jennifer Steib, RN, BSN, as we continue our Cherokee Heroes series. Jennifer has been a pediatric nurse for five years, and she works in the PICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In the PICU, she takes care of children who are the sickest of the sick, suffering from a broad range of serious health issues. For very personal reasons, Jennifer always knew from a young age that she wanted to work in pediatrics. Her brother was in and out of hospital during the first five years of his life, and the nurses went above and beyond to help her brother, as well as her and her sister, feel more comfortable and have a sense of normalcy during those difficult years. These nurses truly inspired her to pursue a career in nursing, and the positive and profound impact that they made on her is echoed every day in the way that Jennifer connects with her patients and their families.
Here are some fun facts about Jennifer:
- Her hero is her mom, who, while dealing with chronic illness on a daily basis, raised three children who all graduated from college and have thriving careers.
- She describes her job as rewarding and has learned to find what the child or their family is interested in so she can connect with them on a deeper level while caring for them.
- In her spare time, you can find her running after her two children and volunteering at church in a group for moms.
- The love she has for her family, including her extended family, is what keeps her going every single day.
For more about Jennifer, please check out her video. As Jennifer tells us, being a nurse has been “awesome every step of the way.” And we think Jennifer is truly “awesome,” too.
Love her look? Jennifer is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Embroidered Top in Royal and a Cherokee Workwear Originals Low-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in White.
Hi Cherokee friends! Summer is almost here, and while you’re looking forward to warm weather, trips to the beach and making footprints in the sand, we have our own kinds of prints that are bound to put a pep in your step. Runway has always had the latest trends, dynamic designs and designer-inspired looks right from the catwalk to the corridors of your healthcare facility. Along with stylish Runway solids, Cherokee’s Runway prints stand out with fashion details, embroidery and patterns that pop. These bright and vibrant tops provide the ultimate level of chicness and comfort to fashionistas everywhere.
Ready to make a fashion splash this summer? Check out these latest Runway prints for a hot summer look.
“Fur” the animal lover:
For the print princess:
For the beach babe:
For the flower child:
Click here to see all of Runway’s dazzling collection. What’s your print preference?
Hi Cherokee devotees! Why are so many healthcare professionals falling for Flexibles? It’s because Flexibles are just that – flexible with a capital “F.” This versatile collection includes prints as well contrast and tonal solids, all with the classic Flexibles signature stretch knit panels that are fantastically comfortable and form-flattering. The secret is out. Here’s why Flexibles are the new favorite:
- Flexibles Solids come in a wide range of color options, including the new Dark Khaki, and are a perfect fit for a color-coded work environment
- Flexibles Contrasts also come in a wide range of colors, including new Fresh Mint, and they feature slimming side panels in Black, Chocolate and Navy
• Flexibles Prints are fanciful, fashionable and full of artistic flair
- Flexibles are available in two fabric options – brushed poplin that’s soft to the touch and premium rayon stretch that’s super silky and moves flawlessly with your body
- Flexibles are as easy to wear as they are to care for with soil release technology for effortless maintenance and long-lasting protection
- Flexibles deliver for the mother-to-be with Maternity options that adjust and expand with
• Flexibles are now available for Men with a sporty style and stretch panels at the back shoulder yoke and back side for even more flexibility and comfort
Isn’t it time you find your Flexibles?