The aim of the contest is to emphasise the role of the nurse, to improve the care of the elderly and those who suffer from dementia and to create opportunities for professional development for nurses. This year, the thematic range of the contest was expanded to include innovative ideas aimed at streamlining the work of a nurse and improving the care of an adult patient.
The results of the annual contest for the Queen Silvia Nursing Award are always announced on 23 December – on the Queen’s birthday. The first awards were given in 2013. The latest edition was won by the project prepared by Agnieszka Napieralska – a student at Collegium Medicum of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn – entitled “Video instruktaż” [Video instructions]. It involves the preparation of an educational video library by nurses for families looking after patients at home.
‘The point is that a family who are looking after a sick relative at home should be able to perform care and medical procedures while watching video material with a nurse. However, it is often a problem. Although already trained by a nurse, families are afraid that they will be unable to perform certain actions correctly. With such materials, they can choose an action to be performed about the patient and perform it step by step while watching the nurse’, says Agnieszka Napieralska.
The final of the contest was held on 17 December.
‘I was surprised to see my project win. It’s a great honour!’ – she admits.
The award includes a scholarship and an internship opportunity at one of the contest partners. Agnieszka Napieralska will soon take part in an international conference in Berlin. She will receive her award at the Embassy of Sweden and she will meet Queen Sylvia in April.