Queen Silvia Nursing Award
Queen Silvia Nursing Award is a scholarship for nursing students in Sweden, Finland, Poland and Germany, founded in 2013 as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden on her 70th birthday. Swedish Care International founded the scholarship with the intention and purpose to increase awareness of and focus on good care of elderly and dementia patients. We chose nursing students as recipients of the scholarship with the goal to find young driven people with ideas, not impacted by convention, but creative and with different perspectives.
We ask participants to apply for the scholarship by submitting ideas, which could be products, services, processes or similar. The criteriais that the idea in some way improve the care of elderly and/or dementia patients.
Scholars of 2016 together with H.M. Queen Silvia
Process and execution
The application period runs from September to mid November. Applications are managed through a crowdsourcing system developed by People2Join in Finland. The students don’t only have to apply with their ideas, but are also encouraged to rate and comment ideas from other applicants. Using an algorithm the most popular and viable ideas climb through the ranking and is used as a base for the jury (made up by executives in related industries and
representatives from our partners).
Results and evaluation
In 2016 the scholarship attracted more than 700 ideas from nursing students all over Sweden, Poland and Finland. Of the original applications, a selection where moved on to the next level and subsequently became six finalists in each country. Saga Wahlström from Mälardalens Högskola in Sweden, Michelle Ena from Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vasa and Natalia Duszenska from Medical University of Warsaw were appointed scholars in 2016. They received an award from the hand of H.M. Queen Silvia, as well as a prize of approximately 6 000 € and the possibility to partcipate in an internship with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award partners in Sweden, Finland and Poland.
In 2017 the scholarship is launched in Germany as well. After evaluating the number of participants and the attention from media, partners and other stakeholders Swedish Care International will continue developing Queen Silvia Nursing Award worldwide.
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Fanny Enström, Project Director
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H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden is interviewed about Queen Silvia Nursing Award