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For a school project, my oldest daughter, Ella, had special EMPOWER bracelets made to pass out to friends and family to help raise awareness for her grandmother, Louise, and patients everywhere.

Her goal with this campaign is to:

Create more bands and share them in our communities

Make sure that every patient that goes into hospital or every family member who has a loved one that goes to the hospital knows that they are EMPOWERED

To provide nurses and doctors across the country with bands to wear and to give out to patients as a way to show that everyone is on the same team and working toward the same goal.


Ella’s campaign raised $50,000! Thank you to all who have supported so far. From her inspiration, we developed the “Empower Flower” to go along with the bracelets while attending the ASPSF Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. At the conference, we were asked to develop a prototype that would create a culture that values all voices equally. Today, patients and caregivers encounter challenges in raising patient care issues in real time. We learned this causes patients, families and caregivers to feel inhibited about speaking up. It would be better if they had the EMPOWER FLOWER which is a tool that highlights actions for the entire team to overcome these barriers. It features strategies to allow us to speak up for patient safety; It features simple actions to allow everyone to speak up for safety.

To learn how you can get involved, email

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