December is not only the month for Christmas and celebration, but also the time when we announce the 2018 scholars of the Queen Silvia Nursing Award! Throughout December, jury meetings to select our new QSNA scholars will be taking place in the four participating countries: Sweden, Finland, Poland and Germany.
Our first meeting was held at Vårdförbundet in Stockholm, Sweden, where the jury met the six 2018 finalists from Sweden. The jury for QSNA Sweden consisted of representatives from Swedish Care International, Vårdförbundet, Svensk Sjuksköterskeförening, Bonliva, Johanniterorden and Aleris. Each finalist gave an inspirational presentation of themselves and their innovative idea on how to improve the care and life of the elderly. The idea was then evaluated based on several criteria (Need, Feasibility, Creativity, Value for Elderly and General).
The six finalists from QSNA Sweden were Kristina Ulander (Luleå tekniska universitet), Sara Nyström (Linköpings universitet), Madeleine Lundin (Högskolan i Skövde), Belma Jahic (Blekinge Tekniska Högskola), Diana Abdi (Mälardalens högskola) and Malin Karhunen (Mittuniversitetet Östersund).