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Student Nursing Exchange 2017

Since 1995 an annual exchange of students nurses from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and Houston Baptist University has been arranged by the Grampian-Houston Association and the Houston/Grampian Association.

The students selected spend two weeks in their Sister City studying healthcare provision and nursing education and submit up a report comparing provision in Scotland and Texas. .

The student nurses selected to take part in the 2017 exchange were Amelia Holt and Celeste Ross from Houston Baptist University and Chloe Sangster and Kimberley Tosh, from the Robert Gordon University School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Celesta and Amelia spent two weeks in Aberdeen in May and Kimberley and Chloe pay a study visit to Houston in September.

Pictured (left to right) are Kimberley, Chloe, Amelia and Celeste

The Evening Express newspaper in Aberdeen published the following article on 26 May about the 2017 exchange . Click on the link below.

The four students, accompanied by RGU lecturers Jackie Leith and Leanna Will and Kristin Jackson Brown, Grampian-Houston Association’s Nursing Exchange Co-ordinator, were the guests of Lord Provost Barney Crockett for coffee at Aberdeen Town House.

They were also the guests of the Grampian-Houston Association at a dinner at Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeen. They were welcomed by GHA Chairman Brett Jackson, who thanked the RGU staff for their contribution to the success of the exchange. Kristin Jackson Brown presented Celeste and Amelia with inscribed quaichs (Scottish loving cups) as a memento of their visit to Grampian.

Professor Ian Murray, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at RGU, said the Grampian-Houston exchange had been the model for other international exchanges involving RGU students    and the University now had a well developed international programme.

Guests who attended the GHA dinner are pictured here and Prof. Murray, Kristin, Leanna and Jackie are pictured with Kimberley, Celeste, Chloe and Amelia.

Celeste and Amelia were due to fly home on Saturday, 27 May but their departure was delayed when British Airways cancelled all flights because of a computer failure. They flew from Aberdeen to London Heathrow Airport on Sunday, 28 May but were obliged to stay overnight in London before flights to Houston resumed on Monday, 28 May.  However, they made good use of their unscheduled day in London to take in some of the sights including Buckingham Palace.