Five Years of Innovation

Since 2013, the Queen Silvia Nursing Award has encouraged talented nursing students to raise the quality-of-care for the elderly or people with a dementia diagnosis. Here is a compilation of some of the most unique ideas over the past 5-years!

Maiju Björkqvist, Finland

An unlocked activity room filled with safe day-to-day items to organize and move around at the guest’s discretion

Paulina Pergoł, Poland

“Letters to a Friend” to combat loneliness and stimulate memory

Sara Nyström, Sweden

Battery-driven heated slippers to reduce the risk of falling

Annette Löser, Germany

A simple-to-install under-the-bed garbage bag holder that can be pulled out to safely dispose of soiled bed linens.


Queen Silvia Nursing Award is a scholarship for nursing students in Sweden, Finland, Poland and Germany founded in 2013 as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide nursing students with an opportunity to create something that goes beyond their already valuable work; to give them a platform on which to discuss, innovate and share their ideas and hopes for the future of the nursing profession. The focus of the award is specifically to generate ideas that will improve the care of elderly. At the same time the scholarship aims to raise awareness about the nursing profession and the valuable work they do for society at large. With an exponentially growing group of aging elderly, the nursing industry is faced with greater challenges than ever before. In order to sufficiently and qualitatively answer to this demand, the industry not only needs highly skilled professionals, but also innovative and creative thinkers.

The recipients of Queen Silvia Nursing Award are rewarded with a scholarship of Euros 6 000, in addition to a unique and individually tailored internship program. During the internship the scholar has an opportunity to learn about healthcare and care of elderly from various perspectives. Nursing students can apply for the scholarship by submitting ideas, which could be products, services, processes or similar. The criteria is that the idea in some way improves the care of elderly and/or dementia patients.


To learn more about the award or to apply in your country, please visit our national pages.


The scholarship was launched in Finland in 2014 and is supported by a partner group led by Folkhälsan.


The scholarship was launched in 2013 and is supported by a partner group led by Swedish Care International.


The scholarship was launched in 2016 and is supported by a partner group led by Medicover Foundation.


The scholarship was launched in 2017 and is supported by a partner group led by Förderverein Anna Wassenberg.


Each year we publish an eBook with the best ideas from each country to help spread good initiatives.


H.M. The Queen speaks about the scholarship.


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