Baptist Health Careers
Apr. 28-Students at the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions say they haven't seen the ghosts rumored to roam the halls of their 100-year-old downtown building, but they are haunted by leaky and cramped classrooms, elevators that make rough landings and long lines for the few restrooms.
But when they return to school next semester, they'll be going to spacious, state-of-the-art classrooms and views of San Antonio from atop a hill in the South Texas Medical Center.
The move from Main Street to 8400 Datapoint Drive will be completed by the time the next semester of nursing school starts at the end of August.
Students say they enjoy the small class sizes and one-on-one work with instructors, but not their small campus, the former Baptist hospital site and psychiatric ward built more than a century ago.
Jennifer Alameda said she is looking forward to getting a chance to practice her nursing skills in an instruction lab with 25 beds instead of six with students crowded around the mannequin patients.
And for nursing student Patricia Salazar, the few leaky study rooms, tiny library and unpredictable elevator behavior won't be missed.
'We're a diamond in the rough, minus the atmosphere, ' Salazar said of the school. All the nursing students that graduated last year from Baptist passed their registered nurse certification.
The move also will benefit students studying radiology and surgical and sonographic technology.
A large classroom in the basement of the M&S Tower building next to the school houses a glimpse of the future. SBC Communications Inc. outfitted the classroom with desks on risers, comfortable chairs and Internet connections for student laptops.
What makes it even more of a leap into the future is that nursing students in Phoenix - where Baptist Health System owner Vanguard Health also owns a hospital system - are being trained via high-tech distance learning by the instructors here.
Students in the San Antonio classroom also can communicate from their desks with fellow students in Phoenix.
There will be three of these classrooms in the new school on Datapoint Drive, the former home of defunct computer company Datapoint Corp.
Dean of the School Weymouth Spence said the new school will allow an expansion from this year's record enrollment of 270 students to 400 in a few years.
A nationwide nursing shortage has been exacerbated by a shortage of new students whom nursing schools can accept.
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