Published: 06/23/2014

Evangelical Community Hospital Hosts Annual High School Internship Program

According to the American Association of Colleges of nursing, the United States is projected to experience a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) that is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows. Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing schools across the country are struggling to expand capacity to meet the rising demand for care given the national move toward healthcare reform.

Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg is taking proactive measures to assure quality healthcare in the community and to encourage future nursing students to follow their career goals.

Each year, the Hospital’s High School Summer Internship Program continues to grow in interest and participation. This year, the class includes 21 individuals, made up of students in their junior or senior years at schools throughout the surrounding school districts. The students must have a grade point average of 3.3 (88%) or better and the willingness to experience different areas of the healthcare environment.

The 72-hour internship program provides 32 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of one-on-one interaction with nurses and patients. Hospital nurse educators teach the students a variety of skills including CPR certification, lifting and transfer techniques, and personal care skills. The classroom training includes a fully recreated patient stay where students learn how to care for a patient from feeding, bathing, and oral hygiene to making the bed and completing paperwork.

This year’s students are from surrounding schools including East Juniata, Lewisburg, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Milton, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, and Warrior Run.

The students began classroom training on June 16 and will be placed in five-day rotations throughout the summer in varying departments including obstetrics, emergency, intensive care, and one-day surgery following their classroom instruction. On August 7, there will be a closing ceremony reception where the students are congratulated on their achievements and parents and supporters will get an overview of what they‘ve experienced during their internship.

Students can use their summer experiences at the Hospital to meet job shadowing requirements while experiencing first-hand a career path they might wish to pursue. For more information on the High School Summer Healthcare Careers Internship program, call 570-522-2727 or visit

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1626 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.

Evangelical Community Hospital’s 2014 High School Summer Internship Students

Front row left to right: Hannah Sauers, New Berlin; Erin Sears, Milton; Katelynn Boop, Mifflinburg; Jessica Whitesel, Middleburg; Hunter Metzger, Milton.

Middle row left to right: Erica Kuhns, Middleburg; Samantha Lash, Liverpool; Jenna Farmer, Lewisburg; Whitney Cross, Milton; Masen Wagner, Watsontown; Jade Hoffman, Selinsgrove; Claire Sankey, Kreamer; Molly Davis, Mifflinburg; Katelinn Gillespie, Mifflinbrug.

Back row left to right: Shannon Loftus, Lewisburg; Rachel Hartman, Turbotville; Blake Wargo, Milton; Matthew Potts, Watsontown; Calvin Carr, Middleburg; Margaret Wiand, Mifflinburg; Jenna Bubb, Sunbury.