Attendo Finland, part of the Attendo Group, announced today a new partnership with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award program in Finland. Attendo Group is the largest private provider of public care in the Nordic region. Attendo Finland has more than 400 units in Finland providing high-quality care and housing services for the elderly, mental health rehabilitators and persons with disabilities.

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award is an annual scholarship created in 2013 in honor of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden’s advocacy for quality elderly and dementia care challenges. The scholarship addresses one of the greatest challenges of our shared global future – population ageing and the need for quality elderly and dementia nursing. The scholarship motivates nursing talent to become innovators for healthcare development while building and promoting competence in professional nursing.

Virpi Holmqvist, Managing Director, Attendo Finland
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Says Virpi Holmqvist, Managing Director of Attendo Finland, “We are delighted to partner with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award to highlight talented, innovative nurses. Attendo is one of the biggest employers of nurses in Finland, and we see their value and potential in developing the whole sector on a daily basis. We hope to encourage both studying and practicing nurses to share their ideas and best practices for the entire care sector to benefit from.”

Ms. Holmqvist continues, “Population ageing challenges us as a society to look at care in an inventive manner. Human encounters are the irreplaceable heart of care but in addition, the wellbeing of clients can be addressed in many different ways. As a Main Country Partner of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award, we hope to elevate these ways in Finland.”

2020 COVID-19 Focus

Previously, the award was only open to nursing students submitting ideas that would raise the quality of life and care for the elderly and people with a dementia diagnosis.

When the scholarship cycle opens on September 1 2020 for its seventh year, the Queen Silvia Nursing Award will acknowledge nurses and their ideas and solutions focused on COVID-19 healthcare challenges in Finland, Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden. The scholarship is open to all nursing students and practicing nurses in these countries who apply with ideas or solutions that have been or could be implemented to address COVID-19 in care environments. The nomination of nursing peers will also be permitted, with special merit given to ideas or solutions that could benefit the quality of life and care for the elderly and people with a dementia diagnosis.

About the Queen Silvia Nursing Award Finland

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award program was brought to Finland on the initiative by Ms. Paula Risikko in 2014 when she held the position of Minister of Social Affairs and Health. There have been six Finnish scholars awarded to-date with Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ student Ms. Janina Viitasaari as the 2019 winner.