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Friday, 25 June 2021

Scholarship named after Huntsville nurse

Credit: WAAY ABC Huntsville, AL
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Scholarship named after Huntsville nurse
Scholarship named after Huntsville nurse
Scholarship named after Huntsville nurse

Huntsville hospital announced a new nursing scholarship in honor of former icu nurse manager daisy swinton.

Waay31's nicole zedeck goes over the life of this trailblazing nurse.

Dawna swinton "she lived a life of service and giving" today would have marked daisy swintons 83rd birthday.

She passed away last august from covid-19 in the same i-c-u she helped run.

Sot - sarah savage-jones the work that she did as a nurse in the icu if you think about it it planted the seeds and set the stage for our response to covid.

Swinton knew she wanted to be a nurse at the age of nine.

Sot-dawna swinton "being the second of 11 children she had to take care of her brothers and sisters."

In 1956, she accepted a scholarship to attend alabama a and m.

She went on to earn her nurses certification from calhoun community college.

All while raising five children.

Sot - dawna swinton "she was available to her family both emotionally and physically" swinton started at huntsville hospital as a housekeeper.

Over the course of 40 years, she worked her way up to become the hospitals first african american i-c-u nurse manager.

Sot - sarah savage-jones, huntsville hospital foundation president "she is a trailbazer, and has set the stage for all of us today."

Her daughter says she is proud of her mothers legacy, and hopes the daisy swinton memorial scholarship will help future generations of nurses.

Sot - dawna swinton, daisy swinton's daughter my mothers career was in nursing, but her passion was in loving.

And to provide this scholarship in her memory allows that legacy to live on through the lives of nurses in this generation and generatiosn to come.

Applications for swinton's memorial scholarship open tomorrow to any huntsville hospital employee, as well as high school or college students who have been accepted into a nursing school program.

The first recipiant will be announced on august 6th.

Reporting in hsv nicole zedeck, waay 31 news only one person will be selected to receive the scholarship this year.

The family hopes to expand the scholarship to more people in