On 21st February 2018, Poland celebrated its second Queen Silvia Nursing Award scholar, Ms Aldona Reczek-Chachulska. At the award ceremony, Ms Reczek-Chachulska received the Queen Silva Nursing Award 2017 for her idea Niezapominajka (also known as “Forget-me-not-box”)–a box containing a person’s most beloved items, such as photographs, memorabilia and books, that aim to evoke memories of their younger days.

Queen Silvia Nursing Award Poland ceremony

The award ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, kicked off with a welcome speech by Swedish Ambassador Stefan Gullgren. Following the ambassador’s speech, Fanny Enström, Project Director for Queen Silvia Nursing Award, spoke about the increasing importance of nurses in our rapidly ageing population and the achievements from the previous year and the future for Queen Silvia Nursing Award.

Stefan Gullgren

After the opening speeches, the guests had the pleasure of listening to four different speakers, who were experts in their specialised fields. We were delighted to have Madam Minister Józefa Szczurek-Żelazko from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Poland, to speak about the great importance of nurses and ongoing international initiatives like the Queen Silvia Nursing Award. Following that, Medicover Foundation, our main partner and organiser for Queen Silvia Nursing Award Poland, shared its experience with the scholarship and its proud vision of a safe and hopeful future for the elderly. Next up was President Zofia Małas from the Supreme Council of Nurses and Midwives, who gave some inspiring and encouraging words to the new scholar and the guests.

Józefa Szczurek-Żelazko

The final speaker of the day was none other than Ms Reczek-Chachulska, our new scholar of Queen Silvia Nursing Award Poland 2017. She took the opportunity to share her winning idea and vision in a truly inspiring speech that left a feeling of optimism and confidence among the guests. In the years to come, she hopes every nursing home caring for the elderly and people living with dementia in Poland will have a “Forget-me-not-box” for every resident living at the care facility. Ms Reczek-Chachulska was then presented with a gift from the ambassador, and her school, Pomeranian Medical University, also received an honourable mention and plaque.

Aldona Reczek-Chachulska

The award ceremony concluded with a mingling session among the guests and interviews with the media. It was a day that truly represented the strong Swedish-Polish relations and collaborations and the impact of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award on the nursing industry.

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