On the 19th of April, Queen Silvia Nursing Award was presented to Saga Wahltsröm, from Mälardalen University in Sweden, Michelle Ena, of Novia University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and Natalia Duszeńska, from Medical University of Warsaw in Poland.

The QSNA jury selected the swedish scholar of the year, Saga, with the following statement: “An application based on language and communication support is timely and meets a great need for all of today’s health care. It is a well thought out idea with a structured solution that exudes creativity and curiosity, which makes Saga a worthy choice for the award.”

Saga Wahlström, is 24 years old from Enköping, Sweden, and is currently on her second year studying nursing at Mälardalens Högskola in Västerås. Saga’s idea is to create an app that focuses on language and communication support.

Michelle Ena, is 20 years old from Krokby, Finland, and now studies nursing at Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vasa. Michelle’s concept uses a bracelet to monitor vital body functions.

Natalia Duszeńska, is 24 years old from Włocławek, Poland, and is a nursing student at the Medical University of Warsaw. Natalia’s idea is to create an organisation that focuses on helping the elderly realise their goals and dreams in order to improve their quality of life.

Queen Silvia Nursing Award was presented for the first time in 2013 and aimed at meeting one of today’s biggest health challenges by providing new ideas and skills in the care of the elderly. The goal is to raise the status of both training for nurses and the profession itself. The scholarship includes an award of 50 000:- SEK, as well as the chance to participate in a specially designed internship within the Swedish and international care sector. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who contributes an idea that can improve the health and care of the elderly. The ideas are continually evaluated by the students themselves, and a final judgment is to be made by a jury consisting of our health care partners.

The scholarship has been made possible through cooperation with: Forum for Elderly Care, Aleris, Johanniterorden, Medicover, SCA, SCI, Vårdförbundet, Elekta, Eli Lilly and Company, Ersta sjukhus, Nordnet, Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, Svensk sjuksköterskeförening and Viking Line.

We would also like to thank all the wonderful universities that have helped make this scholarship a success.

This post was originally published on Swedish Care International.