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26 students switched to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic

LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Twenty-six students from the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing graduated on Friday, Aug. 7, receiving their diploma in professional nursing. They will soon be taking the NCLEX-RN Exam to become licensed registered nurses. 

The NCLEX-RN is a nationwide exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to determine if a nursing graduate has the knowledge, skills and abilities to deliver safe, effective nursing care. Students are required to pass the exam after they graduate in order to continue their nursing careers. 

The ceremony was slightly different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates and staff at the ceremony were all masked and practicing social distancing as a precautionary measure. All students and staff were screened for fever at the entrance. 

When the stay-at-home restrictions were ordered in early March, these students were quick to adjust to online learning. In a short time, the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing managed to switch its classes over to using online methods and the students completed their modules despite the restrictions. 

“The Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing gives students a solid knowledge base and exposure to the clinical area to produce competent and high-quality graduate nurses who are ready to practice in today's challenging health care environment," said Maryann Brown, director, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing.

The program opened in August 2005 and is theory-guided and evidence-based, with both clinical and theoretical components. It also offers an LPN advanced placement for qualified students. The school offers year-round open enrollment, with terms starting in August. For eight of the last nine years, the school’s NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rates have reached 100 percent. Earlier this year, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing's nursing program was ranked as the second-best nursing program in Pennsylvania by
The school accepts students year-round with classes starting in August every year. There are various scholarships and financial aid available for students who fit basic eligibility credentials. To learn more about the Geisinger Lewistown School of Nursing's nursing program, call 717-242-7930 or visit

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