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LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Fifteen students from the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing graduated on Aug. 12, earning their diploma in professional nursing. 

Upon completion of a national board exam, at least 11 of these graduates will continue their journey with Geisinger as registered nurses. The others secured jobs with other organizations. 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.

“Nurses are so important to us here at Geisinger and to health care in general,” said Beth Finkbiner, director of Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing. “Our nursing school is committed to making sure each student is set up for success and prepared to take the very best care of our patients and our community.” 

The graduates will soon take the NCLEX-RN Exam to become licensed registered nurses. The nationwide exam is 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 and effective care. Students are required to pass the exam after they graduate to continue their nursing careers. 

The nursing school program opened in August 2005 and is competency and evidence-based, with both clinical and theoretical components. It also offers an advanced placement option for qualified LPNs. The school maintains high NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rates. Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing is ranked as the third-best nursing program in Pennsylvania by Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing announced earlier in the year the purchase of property at 111 E. Market St. in downtown Lewistown. After renovation, the facility will house the School of Nursing, with a planned opening in August 2023.

The school terms begin in August. There are various scholarships and financial aid available for students who meet eligibility requirements. Visit or call 717-242-7930 to learn more and apply.

Congratulations to all the graduates:
- Jetta Bobb, Spring Mills, PA
- Mikayla Boonie, Huntingdon, PA
- Maddison Coudriet, McAlisterville, PA
- Laney Dowling, Mifflintown, PA
- Natalyn Edwards, Huntingdon, PA
- Lydia Hoover, Milroy, PA
- Mary Hutchinson, Boalsburg, PA
- Shyanne King, Port Royal, PA
- Abigail Minck, Bellefonte, PA
- Patricia Nahabwe, Boalsburg, PA
- Nancy Peachey, Belleville, PA
- Nathan Seidel, State College, PA
- Alison Snyder, Elizabethville, PA
- Madyson Stroup, Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA
- Kristen Yoder, Belleville, PA

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country. Learn more at or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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