Brazilian nurses can compete for the Queen of Sweden award

Queen Silvia of Sweden wants to honor Brazilian nurses with an award that recognizes the best initiatives and ideas of healthcare professionals working in the country.

The Queen Silvia Nursing Award of Sweden is a tribute from the monarch to nurses since 2012 and has editions in several countries, such as Germany, the United States, Poland, Finland and Lithuania. This will be the first time that Brazilians will be evaluated.

The idea came after the queen started to value nurses even more during the period when her mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s and needed care at all times. With the tribute, in addition to recognition, professionals gain space to give ideas and increase their own training in the area.

What do I get out of it?

Competitors must apply through the event website until November 1, 2021. The winners will be announced on December 23, 2021, the Queen’s birthday.

In the registry, it is necessary to describe “transforming actions or solutions” that have some social impact, promote “closer and more humanized care for patients” or “involve special care for the elderly.”

The queen with some of those selected in previous years.Source: Sweden’s Queen Silvia Nursing Award

Those chosen attend a ceremony in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, and take home a cash prize of €6,000 (about R$39,000 in direct currency conversion) in the form of a scholarship. In addition, the winner earns a diploma and opportunities to learn and meet relevant people in the field.

Why Brazil?

The country was not chosen by chance: the queen’s full name is Sílvia Renata Sommerlath and she is the daughter of a German businessman with a Brazilian, whose family had roots with a Portuguese monarch. Alice Soares de Toledo, the queen’s mother, was born in São Manuel, a municipality of 40,000 inhabitants in the interior of the state of São Paulo, and died in 1997.

Silvia is married to King Carlos XVI Gustavo, who since 1973 has occupied the country’s throne. The couple’s position, however, is limited to representing the nation in ceremonies and, in the case of the monarch, accumulating prominent positions in the country’s army.

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