San Antonio is poised to quickly become the trendsetting city in Texas when it comes to nursing education, announcing a ground-breaking partnership between San Antonio College (SAC) and the San Antonio Independent School District. This initiative is set to usher in a new era for nursing career paths right out of high school. "We're going to be able to provide nurses to the city of San Antonio and the state of Texas," SAC President Naydeen Gonzalez-DeJesus told, as per FOX San Antonio.
Fox Tech High School will open its doors wider to offer incoming ninth graders a free track to an associate’s degree in applied science, a stepping stone to becoming registered nurses. "They’ll be a registered nurse at the point of completion of their high school education," Gonzalez-DeJesus ambitiously claimed in a FOX San Antonio interview.
Romanita Matta-Barrera, the Chief Workforce Officer for Greater SATX, emphasized the collaboration's critical role in building a sustainable workforce. Explaining the urgency of this initiative, Matta-Barrera stated, “They’re not seeing enough of a sustainable pipeline coming in to fill those jobs so it’s critical, it’s a sense of urgency,” as reported by FOX San Antonio.
In a move to find a viable solution to the nurse staffing shortage, SAC and SAISD have laid out an accelerated program where students can quickly advance on their career paths. "After passing the exam, graduates will be registered nurses in the state of Texas and can complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing in one year instead of two—lowering a student’s financial burden while adding to their continued education and earning potential," according to a representative from SAISD in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News.
This trailblazing six-year program stands as a testament to the city's proactive stance on healthcare staffing. Tapping into the youthful vigor of high school students. Aligning educational pathways with employment opportunities, this initiative is more than just an academic enterprise; it's set to vitally enrich the very health of the community it serves.