Dementia Nursing Award


What is the University of Washington Queen Silvia Nursing Award?

Through a unique partnership with Swedish Care International, the UW School of Nursing has been selected as the first academic partner in the United States to bestow the Queen Silvia Nursing Award for dementia care and research.

The launch of the University of Washington Queen Silvia Nursing Award (UWQSNA) in the US in 2020 coincides with the World Health Organization’s celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, a global effort to promote the two professions in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Created in honor of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and recognizing her long interest in and support of dementia nursing, the award is open to any UW nursing student or UW-graduate registered nurse. Applications must include an idea or solution addressing COVID-19 challenges in the health care environment. Special consideration will be given to submissions that focus on the well-being of elderly and those living with dementia.

The recipient will be awarded a scholarship of 6000 euros (about USD $6,500). The award certificate, circumstances permitting, will be presented personally by Queen Silvia at the Royal Palace in Stockholm next spring. The award recipient will also receive support and mentoring from faculty with the UW School of Nursing in applying for additional funding to develop and/or implement their winning idea, and developing the Dementia & Palliative Education Network for Registered Nurses (DPEN-RN) at the UW.

The QSNA was established in 2013 as a birthday gift for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden in recognition of her long-term commitment and dedication to elderly care and the quality of nursing for people with dementia.  This year’s award will not only focus on those working with dementia patients, but also those that address COVID-19 challenges in healthcare environments.  The scholarship is awarded annually in Sweden, Finland, Poland, Germany, and Lithuania.


Dementia is a profoundly challenging health care issue that affects an estimated 5 million people in the U.S. who are cared for by 15 million family and/or friend caregivers. There is no known cure. The impact of dementia is personal, emotional, economic, and systemic.

The impact the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 has on older adults with dementia, especially those in memory or other care facilities, has drawn increasing concern from healthcare providers, caregivers, and family members. The dementia patient population suffers acutely from isolation, disruption to their daily routines, and confusion when care and communication is moved to an online platform. Additionally, this population is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, as they tend to be older adults and often have serious underlying medical conditions.


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