Students swap US for North-east in nursing exchange programme

Amelia Holt, Kimberley Tosh, Jackie Leith, Chloe Sangster and Celeste Ross

An Aberdeen university programme is hosting nursing students from abroad to compare healthcare systems and training.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is taking part in a nursing student exchange programme with Houston Baptist University in Texas.

The programme is part of the “Sister City” relationship between the two cities. It is one of the key projects supported and financed by the Grampian Housing Association and Houston Grampian Association.

During their stay, American students Amelia Holt and Celeste Ross have enjoyed a combination of clinical placements at NHS Grampian and community nursing visits, in addition to health profession classes and seminars.

Second year RGU nursing students Chloe Sangster and Kimberley Tosh have worked closely with Amelia and Celeste over the past two weeks.

They will travel to Houston in September for their exchange visit, where they will be given the chance to learn more about nursing in the US.

Jackie Leith, lecturer and US exchange co-ordinator at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “It is always a pleasure to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students and it’s great to see that they all gain so much from it.”