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 and Forum for Elderly Care 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 driven talent with innovative ideas, unbounded by convention, but with a drive for creative and unexplored perspectives.
Participants apply for the scholarship by submitting ideas – which could be products, services, processes or similar – to improve the care of elderly and/or dementia patients.
Process and Execution
The application period is open between September and mid-November. Applications are managed through a crowdsourcing system developed by People2join in Finland. The students not only apply with their ideas, but are also encouraged to rate and comment on submissions 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. The scholarship’s jury consists of executives in related industries and representatives from our partners.
Results and Evaluation
Between 2013-2016, the scholarship has attracted almost 2000 applications from nursing schools in Sweden, Finland and Poland between 2013-2016. In 2017, Germany became the newest country to adopt the award.
Previous fellows of Queen Silvia Nursing Award
In 2016, the scholars of Queen Silvia Nursing Award were Saga Wahlström from Mälardalens University in Sweden; Michelle Ena from Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vasa; and Natalia Duszeńska from Medical University of Warsaw in Poland
In 2015, the scholars were Pernilla Rönntoft from University of Gothernburg in Sweden, and Elias Kallio from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
2014’s winners were Emilia Engman, from The Red Cross University College in Stockholm, and Laura Virtanen from the Metropolia Academy of Applied Science.
The scholarship was first awarded to in 2013 to Hanna Davidsson. She, like all other winners since, received SEK 50 000 (Euros 6 000 ) as well as a six-month internship.
After evaluating the number of participants and the attention from media, partners and other stakeholders Swedish Care International decided to continue developing Queen Silvia Nursing Award in Sweden and internationally. We have launched the scholarship in Finland in 2014 and in Poland in 2016. In 2017 the scholarship was launched in Germany.
The next award ceremony is scheduled for spring 2019.
Fanny Enström, Project Director