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Celebrating 10 Years of Workwear 

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Ten years ago, history was being made on a variety of fronts.

Facebook was launched and Google made its first public stock option. Gasoline was a paltry $2.10 per gallon. The Boston Red Sox ended “The Curse of the Bambino,” winning their first World Series since 1918.

That same year, 2004, Cherokee Workwear was born, and the high-quality, comfortable and durable medical uniforms became the go-to scrub brand for busy healthcare professionals around the world. We’ve had a lot of fun over the course of the year looking back at where we started. As Mike Singer, CEO of Strategic Partners, Inc., Cherokee’s parent company, said, “When we first envisioned the Workwear line, we were determined to create the perfect scrub with the comfort, fabric, styles and fit that healthcare professionals desired and with the value that they deserved. If the feedback we’ve received is any indicator, I believe we succeeded.”

In the last few months, we’ve focused on the evolution of Workwear and touched on the development of some of the brand’s winning styles, including the debut of Cherokee Workwear Originals in 2004, the launch of Workwear Men’s Classic in 2007 and last year’s unveiling of Workwear Premium Core Stretch for Juniors.

But what has made our 10-year celebration truly special has been hearing from healthcare professionals like you. We are so grateful for the work that you do every day and your commitment to helping others. Your outpouring of support and enthusiasm for Workwear has made this milestone incredibly memorable and meaningful.

Please continue to check CherokeeUniforms.com for new products and follow us on Facebook for updates, inspiration, events and contests. Thank you for your continued loyalty to Cherokee Workwear. You’ve made our celebration a perfect 10. cherokee_decade_thumb

Heroes Among Us: Emily Lloyd, RN, BSN 

Emily ImageHi friends! We are delighted to continue our Cherokee Heroes series and introduce you to this month’s Cherokee Hero, Emily Lloyd. Emily has been a NICU nurse for over four years, and she works with newborns and infants who are in need of critical care. She describes herself as “rambunctious” and full of energy, which are perfect matches for the fast-paced nature of the NICU. She’s also very detail-orientated, as the NICU itself is an environment where the smallest details and changes can make all of the difference.

Since she was young, Emily knew that she wanted to go into pediatrics, and nursing was really her calling as she enjoys being able to spend full shifts with her patients as opposed to coming and going through the unit. She not only loves helping and treating her little patients, but finds getting to know their families and providing support for them every step of the way incredibly rewarding. While working in the NICU has its challenges, especially in terms of separating work-life from home-life, Emily tells us that even though there may be bad days, it’s comforting to know that there are always good days too.

Here are some fun facts about Emily:

  • While a stethoscope is one of her on-the-job must-haves, Emily feels that her “eyes” are her biggest assets, as they allow her to see and catch the slightest changes that can take place in the NICU.
  • Her advice for young nurses is to remember why they went into nursing even if they have a rough day. As Emily says, “Stick with it!”
  • She loves the outdoors, and you can often find her hiking and bike riding. Anything outside is “awesome.”
  • She says that you know you’re a nurse when the conversation in the break room is about “bodily fluids” or “wounds,” and no one seems to mind!

Emily is inspired by her coworkers, especially those with many years of experience. There are NICU nurses who have been working in the unit for 30 years or more, and their passion for their job, their patients and their patients’ families reminds Emily every day that she picked the right profession. And we couldn’t agree more!

For more about Emily, check out her inspiring video.

Love her look? Emily is wearing a Cherokee Workwear Originals Maternity V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Navy and a Cherokee Workwear Maternity Knit Waist Pull-On Pant in Navy. We are excited to announce that Emily welcomed her new baby late last year!

A Nurse I Am 

A Nurse I AmHello 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.

Stories that Inspire 

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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.

Know an unsung healthcare hero? Share his or her story on our Blog.

Heroes Among Us: Graham Valley, RN, BSN 

GrahamHello 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.

Color Us Excited 

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

Cherokee Workwear Premium Mock Wrap Top in Watermelon

Cherokee Workwear Premium Mock Wrap Top in Watermelon

Sizzle in Citrus Green

Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Citrus Green

Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Citrus Green

Cool Off in Orange Sorbet

Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Top in Orange Sorbet

Cherokee Workwear Originals V-Neck Top in Orange Sorbet

Look Great in Grape

Flexibles Mock Wrap Knit Panel Top in Grape

Flexibles Mock Wrap Knit Panel Top in Grape

Exude Pizzazz in Orange Papaya

Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Orange Papaya

Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Orange Papaya

Be All the Rage in Raspberry

Cherokee Workwear Originals Round Neck Top in Raspberry

Cherokee Workwear Originals Round Neck Top in Raspberry

We think you’ll go bananas over our beautiful (and fruit-iful) looks.

Picture Perfect 

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.

Perfect Stretch V-Neck Top in Carmine Pink

Perfect Stretch V-Neck Top in Carmine Pink

Perfect Stretch Snap Front Warm-Up Jacket in White

Perfect Stretch Snap Front Warm-Up Jacket in White

Mid-Rise Pull-On Cargo Pant in Ciel

Perfect Stretch Mid-Rise Pull-On Cargo Pant in Ciel

Perfect Stretch Mid-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in Orange Papaya and Citrus Green, Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Citrus Green

Perfect Stretch Mid-Rise Drawstring Cargo Pant in Orange Papaya and Citrus Green, Perfect Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Citrus Green

Find out for yourself how Perfect Stretch got its name.

Heroes Among Us: Jennifer Steib, RN, BSN 

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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.

Fit to Print 

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:

Runway: Jungle Jumble

Runway: Jungle Jumble

Runway: Safari Dream

Runway: Safari Dream

Runway: Owl Stand By You

Runway: Owl Stand By You

For the print princess:

Runway: Peaceful Plaid

Runway: Peaceful Plaid

Runway: Pattern Play

Runway: Pattern Play

Runway: On The Spot

For the beach babe:

Runway: Let’s Get Fish-ical

Runway: Let’s Get Fish-ical

Runway: Tahiti Sweetie

Runway: Tahiti Sweetie

Runway: Stripe a Posy

Runway: Stripe a Posy

For the flower child:

Runway: Geo Flora

Runway: Geo Flora

Runway: Delight In Flight

Runway: Delight In Flight

Runway: Oh So Tweet

Runway: Oh So Tweet

Click here to see all of Runway’s dazzling collection. What’s your print preference?

Fashion Focus: Flexibles 

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
V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Dark Khaki

V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Dark Khaki

V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Wine

V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Wine

Mock Wrap Knit Panel Top in Hunter Green

Mock Wrap Knit Panel Top in Hunter Green

  • 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
    V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Fresh Mint

    V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Fresh Mint

    V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Aloe

    V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Aloe

    V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Navy

    V-Neck Knit Panel Top in Navy

    • Flexibles Prints are fanciful, fashionable and full of artistic flair

  • Bloom Service

    Bloom Service

    Love Is Grey-t

    Love Is Grey-t!

    Hoo Loves Ya Baby

    Hoo Loves Ya Baby?

    • 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
      you

      Maternity Mock Wrap Knit Panel Top in Navy and Maternity Knit Waist Pull-On Pant in Navy

      Maternity Mock Wrap Knit Panel Top in Navy and Maternity Knit Waist Pull-On Pant in Navy

    • 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

    Men's V-Neck Top in Wine

    Men’s V-Neck Top in Wine

    Isn’t it time you find your Flexibles?