Torstaina 23.4. suuntasin aamuvarhain Ruotsiin. Väsymys kuitenkin peittyi jännityksen alle, sillä luvassa oli paljon uutta.
Torstaina tapasin ensi kertaa Ruotsin stipendiaatin Emilia Engmanin ja yhdessä pääsimme tutustumaan Silviahemmet-hoitokotiin ja Svenskt Demenscentrumiin. Yhdessä jännitimme myös seuraavan päivän Stora Inspirationsdag -tilaisuutta, jossa tulisimme saamaan stipendimme HM Kuningatar Silvialta!
Onneksi tilaisuus sujui hyvin ja siitä jäi paljon hyviä muistoja. Omasta osuudestani selvisin myös ja nyt jälkeenpäin on ihana fiilistellä tapahtumia 🙂 Ohessa tilaisuudessa pitämäni puhe:
Your Majesty, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen:
I wish to begin with a few words of gratitude. The work behind the Queen Silvia Nursing Award has made it possible for nursing students both in Sweden and Finland to share their ideas on how to improve elderly care. This is a valuable opportunity that I am truly grateful for. I have been amazed by the experiences this scholarship has offered me – but I think the effects are even wider: the scholarship attracts positive attention for nursing students and our education which is much welcomed.
I am honored that I am able to introduce my idea here tonight. It feels great to receive this scholarship with an idea that came up from a real-life experience and reflects important matters for me. I remember how I was just started my studies when I entered a dementia ward with a lot of anxious – even depressed patients. None of the nurses had any experience on how to treat mental illnesses but what I found shocking was that they did not have anyone to ask for help.
Back then I started to think about ways to promote collegiality since I feel it has an effect on the quality of care as well. My idea, which I call the Nurses Help Desk is a service that nurses, caregivers and different professionals can use to get and share advice and thoughts. I think we need this kind of a tool to bring together people that are interested in developing elderly care and help them to network.
Especially as a student I find it really encouraging that even though the idea has not yet materialized, I still receive enthusiastic comments and positive feedback about it. I do appreciate every piece of advice I have got. I know that there are many other nursing students with brilliant ideas as well and that makes this scholarship so important: it gives us a voice.
Thank you very, very much!
Kuvassa Bo Hermansson ja Gunilla Björling Röda Korsets Högskolasta, Kuningatar Silvia, Emilia Engman ja minä.