Celebrating nursing research with the Queen Silvia Nursing Award Winner in Sweden


Seattle, WA – Executive Dean, Azita Emami, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Tatiana Sadak, will be joining Michael Drake, BSN ‘22, for a celebratory recognition in Sweden this week.

Michael was selected as the second United States recipient of the UW Queen Silvia Nursing Award (UWQSNA) for dementia care.

His winning idea is the development of QRx, a safe and secure mobile platform that patients can use to share important information with medical providers and/or caregivers via an individualized QR code—a barcode that can be scanned by a digital device.

Along with the other 2021 global winners, Michael will receive his award and participate in roundtable discussions. A large focus will be on knowledge sharing of how nurses leverage technology to support the quality of life of older adults and nursing innovations that generate social impact on patients and their communities.

The UW School of Nursing has long ties to Sweden. Before joining UW, Executive Dean Azita Emami was an endowed professor in elderly care research at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute (KI).

In 2019, UW and KI signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration in teaching and research areas impacting population health. The five-year agreement details a range of possible collaborative projects and activities to explore, including faculty and student exchanges, joint research activities, and individual faculty partnerships.