The Swedish Covenant Hospital Nursing Alumnae Association (SCHNAA) was formed to maintain the lifelong friendships of the Swedish Covenant Hospital School of Nursing alumnae. As a dues paying organization the association relies on these contributions to support and to fund various alumnae activities.
As Chicago’s North Side population began to grow the demand for nurses increased. In 1898 Swedish Covenant Hospitals Board of Directors announced the establishment of the Swedish Covenant Hospital School of Nursing (SCHSN). In 1900 Hilda Rodberg became the first graduate and went on to become a well respected missionary nurse in China. 1900 also marked the year the Lighted Candle was designed as the official emblem representing the school of nursing on all printed materials. Irene Oberg, who was the director of the school designed the emblem to represent the “carrying of light into darkened hearts.”
By 1904 the school enrolled ten students and the curriculum was changed to a three year program. By the 1940s new residence facilities for the students, modern classrooms, and laboratory facilities helped to recruit the best and brightest students from around the country.
In 1968 the hospital Board of Directors decided to phase the nursing program over to North Park University as the demand for four year nursing schools became the trend. The class of 1969 was the last to graduate.
Over 1,400 nurses have graduated from Swedish Covenant Hospital and their light still shines brightly every June when they hold their annual reunion luncheon.
The Caring Times is a publication for the Swedish Covenant Hospital Nursing School’s alumnae and is published once a year.
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The Swedish Covenant Hospital Nursing Alumnae Association annually awards scholarships to North Park University undergraduate nursing students who are currently participating in, or completed an internship or preceptor program at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Preferential consideration is given to individuals with an interest in employment at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Applications are available in April and awarded during National Nurses Week in May.
Annual Reunion Luncheon
View photos from the 2017 Annual Reunion Luncheon.