The Queen presents the Queen Silvia Nursing Award

The Queen during the scholarship ceremony in the Bernadotte Library.

The Queen during the scholarship ceremony in the Bernadotte Library. Photo: Yanan Li

On Tuesday 21 September, The Queen presented the Queen Silvia Nursing Award to nursing students who had contributed innovative ideas to promote caring for the elderly and people with dementia.

Last year's presentation was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so The Queen presented scholarships to the winners from both 2019 and 2020.

The 2019 scholarship winners

  • Agnieszka Napieralska, Poland
  • Janina Viitasaar, Finland
  • Sarina Bach, Germany
  • Maria Larsson, Sweden (who was unable to attend)
The Queen with the 2019 scholarship winners.

The Queen with the 2019 scholarship winners. Photo: Yanan Li

The 2020 scholarship winners

  • Karolina Adomaviciute, Lithuania
  • Linda Smit, Germany
  • Radoslaw Romanek, Poland
  • Inka Häkkinen, Finland
  • Lisabet Lindbäck, Sweden
  • Brooke Tamble, USA (who was unable to attend)
The Queen with the 2020 scholarship winners.

The Queen with the 2020 scholarship winners. Photo: Yanan Li

The Queen gave a speech during the scholarship presentation ceremony in the Bernadotte Library.

The Queen gave a speech during the scholarship presentation ceremony in the Bernadotte Library. Photo: Yanan Li

In her speech, The Queen said:

Our opportunity to live longer than ever is a privilege, made possible by science, knowledge and information. However, ensuring high-quality elderly and dementia care for all in our ageing communities is going to require even more research, as well as new ideas and innovative solutions such as yours."

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After receiving their scholarships, each recipient gave an address.

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award was inaugurated to mark The Queen's 70th birthday on 23 December 2013 in order to create the right conditions for lasting positive change within treatment and care with a focus on the elderly.

In addition to the prize money of SEK 50,000, the scholarship also includes a six month individually structured placement period.

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