Last Thursday on April 19, 2018, three nursing students were presented with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award during a ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. For five consecutive years, this scholarship has been presented to nursing students who have contributed innovative and creative ideas to improve the care of elderly and people with dementia.
This year’s scholars are Rebecca Eriksson from the Swedish Red Cross University College, Katri Sajama from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Berit Ehmann from Evangelische Fachschule für Altenpflege in Germany and Aldona Reczek-Chachulska from Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin in Poland.
At the ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, three of the new scholars received their awards from Her Majesty (HM) Queen Silvia of Sweden. They also had the opportunity to present themselves and their award-winning ideas to a large crowd comprising the Queen and various partners of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award. In addition to the award, all scholars also received an individually tailored internship programme as well as a 6 000 € cash prize. Unfortunately, one of our scholars, Aldona Reczek-Chachulska, could not participate in this year’s ceremony.
All four scholars were carefully chosen through a selection process where nursing students from all over Finland, Germany, Poland and Sweden sent in their ideas on innovations to improve the care of elderly and people with dementia. In 2017, we received over 1000 ideas from nursing students in all four countries.
At the ceremony, the Queen spoke about the challenges that the world is facing when it comes to dementia care today and the importance of supporting research and high-quality educations for professionals working with elderly care and dementia.