The international nursing award under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden has recognized the winners of the annual scholarship in Poland, Germany, Sweden and Finland this month. The scholars of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award have received Euro 6000 or local equivalent scholarships each with an official certificate signed by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden to follow. Agnieszka Napieralska of Poland, Sarina Bach of Germany, Janina Viitasaari of Finland and Maria Larsson of Sweden have been awarded for their innovative ideas to improve elderly and dementia care.

Says Marcin Radziwiłł, President of Medicover Foundation, Main Country Partner of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award in Poland, “I’m deeply grateful to all nurses and carers for their hard work and commitment. The Queen Silvia Nursing Award’s main goals are to promote the nursing profession and also to improve the wellbeing and care of the elderly. So congratulations to Agnieszka Napieralska’s winning idea, which we need more than ever. Agnieszka’s video tutorial for families caring for patients at home is especially valuable during these times when people suffer from limited contact.”

Ulrich Zerhusen, CEO of St Anna Stift and Germany’s Main Country Partner of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award adds “Has there ever been a time when the need for nursing talent has been clearer? Showing appreciation and respect for the value of nurses and their special skills is exactly why the Queen Silvia Nursing Award is both important and necessary. Dedicated individuals such as Sarina Bach are the future of this profession. Her idea of bringing biography to life showcases a way of thinking that is both necessary and needed in elderly care. ”

The Swedish scholar Maria Larsson is awarded for her idea of a special tool which allows the elderly to remove compression socks independently, without the assistance of others. Janina Viitasaari, the winning nursing student from Finland, is awarded for her idea to create an audio memory book that can be adapted for the elderly and people with memory challenges.

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 Sweden, Finland, Poland, Germany and Lithuania. 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 peers will also be permitted, with special merit to ideas or solutions that could benefit the quality of life and care for the elderly and people with a dementia diagnosis. 

 “Quality nursing and elderly care are critical to our future. COVID-19 has further highlighted a fact that is and has been self-evident. With the Queen Silvia Nursing Award we can engage talent and drive a future in nursing that is defined by creativity, impact and meaningful human interaction” says Stefan Björkman, CEO of Konstsamfundet, Main Country Partner of the project in Finland.

Stefan Björkman

About the Queen Silvia Nursing Award

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award 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. By offering this unprecedented scholarship and learning opportunities for nurses, new realms of possibilities become available for future generations of nurses. By lifting nursing talent and their ideas, the project aims to increase the status of nursing as a profession.

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award is made possible with national partners such as St. Anna-Stift Kroge of Germany, Medicover Foundation of Poland, Addere Care of Lithuania, Konstsamfundet of Finland, and Sweden’s Swedish Care International and Forum For Elderly Care.