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Not For OliveUs

This title may need further explanation. As you probably already know, I am creating a medical apparel line called OliveUs. This is my pride and joy company that incorporates my two greatest passions in this world: medicine and fashion. I have literally been dreaming of making scrubs since I was in high school, but nursing had my attention far before fashion.

Ok, let’s get into it. In a field that was created to give ourselves to others, it is important to account for Orem’s theory of self care deficit. This theory was developed by Dorothea Orem to discuss an individual’s ability to provide themselves care. To provide YOURSELF care.

How are OliveUs supposed to give to our community, patients, neighbors, friends, and family if we are not providing care to ourselves? Picture yourself as a car. Gas (or electricity these days) is basic self-care. You can drive people around for 30 miles or so without needing to refuel but eventually you need to do something just for yourself.

Even if the intention is to boost your spirit simply so you can take care of others. For example, a morning coffee to give yourself the energy and love so you can take that energy and spend it on others. Now, an oil change is moderate self care. This may be saying no to hanging out with friends to get a few more hours of sleep or watch a movie to winddown after a long day. This can also be you taking the time to hangout with friends and ignore work for a period of time.

Moderate self care can be primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention for your emotional wellbeing. Severe self care is when the car breaks down and needs to be seen by a mechanic. This is tertiary prevention. It is not ideal to wait until you need the selfcare, to finally give time to YOU. Time is a gift, remember that. Not OliveUr time should be spent on OliveUs.

Yes, there needs to be time and efforts spent on yourself EVERYDAY. It is impossible to give everything to other people and other causes if you don’t have enough to give to yourself.

So what is something that you do just for yourself every day? For me, I always get a breakfast sandwich when I am working a day shift at the hospital. I make the time for this every single morning, except for Sundays when the cafeteria is closed and extremely rare occurrence that I am way too busy to have 5 minutes to myself.

Its hard to use a definitive at work, like always or never, because we are taught as medical providers to be flexible and that there is always (here I go using a definitive) an exception to every rule.

The far majority of shifts, you should be able to say that you did something for yourself, even if that simply means taking a bathroom break when you want. With doing this, you will have more energy to be attentive to your patients, coworkers, family, and friends. Sometimes being “selfish” means having time to be selfless most of the time.

How can you care for someone else when you have no energy to care for yourself? This cannot work forever, trust me, I have tried.

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Why the Olive in OliveUs? https://foroliveus.com/why-the-olive-in-oliveus/ https://foroliveus.com/why-the-olive-in-oliveus/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:13:22 +0000 https://foroliveus.com/?p=143

Why the Olive in OliveUs?

I am so glad you asked! There are three main reasons for this name, but many more have developed since the formation of this company.

Let’s approach this blog in chronological order and start with my personal childhood story. When I was a very little girl, around the age of 5, I had quite a temper and would throw frequent tantrums over various life challenges.

Challenges included things like the seams in my socks not aligning with my 5 digits, not being able to find the princess tiara to my cowgirl boots, or simply disliking the word “no”. I am sure there are other parents who would be able to sympathize with my own, for raising me was a challenge.

Olives were my favorite food at that time, practically a food group in itself growing up. Therefore, when my temper got the best of me, my parents would give me a green olive as distraction. It became a running joke in the family and every Christmas since, and my parents have given me a Costco size jar of green olives for the upcoming year’s tantrums.

Olives were my childhood comfort food. Now, for the second reason. An olive branch is a sign of peace.

Olives gave me peace growing up and I did not even understand the meaning behind the symbolism at the time. I love the idea of bringing peace and comfort into someone else’s already hectic day by providing scrubs that are meant for active healthcare professionals.

Lastly, as a healthcare professional in many different roles, both inpatient and outpatient, I understand the demands of the scrubs we wear and how important reliability is for improving teamwork.

Healthcare is not a one-person show. It takes OliveUs as a community to support healthcare workers, so they can support their team members at work, so our patients can be cared for properly, and so our community can function as a whole.

This brand is for OliveUs healthcare professions and from OliveUs as a thank you for caring for our community.

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Introduction https://foroliveus.com/introduction/ https://foroliveus.com/introduction/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2020 23:42:36 +0000 https://foroliveus.com/?p=105


In order to understand the company OliveUs, I will first tell you about myself. So, who am I and why am I writing this blog? My name is Kathryn and I am first and foremost a nurse. At the age of 6, I already had a strong sense of what my life calling would be. I was given the nickname “playground police” because I was the first to any class injury or playground fall with my nursing kit of bandages and antiseptic cream. In high school, I pursued many different interests, including fashion, but was sold on a career of nursing after being a volunteer at a local hospital. At that time, I would make all of my formal and prom dresses for school and talk about designing scrubs once in the industry.

Once nursing school occupied all of my time, I realized that creating my scrubs would not only be too time consuming, but also not worth the investment since personal designs cost more than simply purchasing the higher quality scrubs. After graduating with my doctorate in nursing at University of San Diego, I accepted two new positions in emergency medicine as a nurse practitioner and started a hormonal therapy clinic with my partner at the time. My partner and I discussed many aspects of the business we wanted to create together and while the medicine was typically our main focus, I kept bringing up selling scrubs in the front office. Knowing that making scrubs for one office would never benefit us financially, that conversation never transpired into anything concrete. Unfortunately relationships don’t always work out the way you want, and ours came to a sudden end; I felt like I lost everything I had worked so hard for. 

After an extremely tough couple of months, I made a conscious decision to put my energy towards something positive and productive: OliveUs. I was constantly thinking of new concepts for medical uniforms and loved the idea of wearing something that I felt secure in. Security comes in the form of comfort, fashion, and functionality. When people feel good in their clothes and skin, they look more confident, and able to perform in their role better with a sense of security. Bending, twisting, and moving are job requirements for just about every medical professional and if we had security in our clothing, we could focus more of our time on patient care and day to day activities.

Right after finalizing the decision to move forward with OliveUs, I started cranking out pencil-drawn designs for both males and females. Once the designs that I liked were completed, the surveying started. I started my surveys with simple questions and then had more broad questions for people to expand on in the end. Many healthcare providers over a dozen states participated. After research and surveys were completed, the designs were redrawn and taken to a pattern and sample maker in Los Angeles using Italian cotton for the fabric. Shortly after, I finalized the trademark name and submitted a patent that is currently pending with an attorney. Finding the right attorney for the job was a challenge in itself.

Now, I am researching the best athletic and uniform fabrics to put together a winning combination for comfort and design. I will have the scrub samples remade again in this fabric when ready. Once the perfect samples are designed and produced, I will consult with manufacturing companies already established for larger scale production. As you already know, I have a webpage. This webpage will be utilized for sales and marketing which will be conducted via the Instagram and Facebook pages. This has and is going to be a lot of work!!

OliveUs are in this together so please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or ideas.

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