An international award under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden will recognize excellence in COVID-19 nursing ideas and solutions. The Queen Silvia Nursing Award will in autumn 2020 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.

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award awards each national scholar with a Euro 6000 scholarship and a tailor-made internship with partners associated with the program. The diplomas are traditionally presented to all national scholars by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden at the Queen Silvia Nursing Award Grand Ceremony at the Royal Palace in Stockholm every spring.

COVID-19 focus

With 2020 designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the ”Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” there has been prominent focus on nurses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Says Petra Tegman, CEO of Swedish Care International, one of the founding organizations of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award, “The pivotal role of nurses has never been tested on such a vast and encompassing scale as much as this year in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The virus has particularly impacted the vulnerable elderly in all societies.”

Ms Tegman is a specialized nurse within palliative and dementia care with over 20 years of experience. She continues, “I am a nurse myself, and returned to nursing in early March to care for the elderly infected by COVID-19. So many aspects of elderly care and healthcare have changed in a short period of time, and the creativity of those who stand on the frontlines – the nurses – is needed more than ever before.”“It was a natural decision for us and our main partners such as St. Anna-Stift Kroge in Germany, Medicover Foundation in Poland, Addere Care in Lithuania and Konstsamfundet in Finland to continue the recognition of innovative nursing ideas with this COVID-19 focus. The talents and contributions by nurses who address this unprecedented healthcare challenge should be shared and spread widely.”  

Support of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award was established in 2013 as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden on her birthday. Scholars continue to be announced annually on Her Majesty’s birthday on the 23rd of December.

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden has a long-standing association with, and support of, dementia and elderly care since the 1990s when her late mother was diagnosed with dementia. Her Majesty has lent her name and support to a number of Swedish initiatives including her foundation Stiftelsen Silviahemmet which provides dementia care training and certification programs; Dementia Forum X – a biennial global summit on dementia taking place in Royal Palace of Stockholm; as well as SilviaBo – an innovative housing project which provides safe and affordable homes for couples where one person has a cognitive impairment.  In recognition of Her Majesty’s dedication to the elderly and dementia care sphere, The Queen was named an Honorary Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Disease International in December 2018.

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.