Queen Silvia Nursing Award

Queen Silvia Nursing Award is a scholarship for nursing students in Sweden, Finland and Poland, and was 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 criteria stipulates that the idea must, in some way, improve the care of elderly and/or dementia patients.

Process and execution

The application period runs from September to mid November. Applications are managed through a crowdsourcing system developed by Innopinion Oy 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 it’s second year in Sweden and first in Finland, the scholarship attracted more than 500 applications from all nursing schools in the countries – 55 in total. Furthermore, there were more than 44 000 activities in form of ranking and comments, made by the students in the system. Of the original applications, a selection where moved on to the next level and subsequently became six finalists. Emilia Engman from Röda Korsets Högskola in Sweden and Laura Virtanen from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Dinland received an award from the hand of H.M. Queen Silvia and was awarded 50 000 SEK (6 000 EUR) as well as with a six months internship with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award partners in Sweden, Finland and around the world.

International expansion

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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Ludvig Mörnesten, Project Manager
ludvig.mornesten@sci.se, +46(0)70 633 66 46

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden is interviewed about Queen Silvia Nursing Award