Nursing students benefit from Grampian-Houston exchange

A pair of nursing students are playing host to their equivalents from across the pond as part of the Grampian Houston Student Nurse exchange.

Grampian Houston 2012Organised in partnership between Grampian Houston Association and RGU, the most recent exchange in the successful programme’s 16 year existence is taking place from the 13 to 26 May. 

Second-year adult nursing students Iona Hynd (19) and Beverly Brown (24) have been selected to buddy the American students - Rachelle Gerke and Katherine Sacueza - who are visiting from Houston Baptist University.  

Co-ordinated by Leanne Morrison, Grampian Houston Exchange Co-ordinator and lecturer at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, the purpose of the exchange is to offer clinical, academic, cultural and social experiences for the Houston students.

The American students will experience a wide range of activities during their visit.  The clinical programme will include a visit to Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Skene Medical Group.

Academically they will participate in midwifery lectures and sessions in the Clinical Skills Lab at the university’s Faculty of Health and Social Care. Social outings include a trip to Aberdeen’s museums, His Majesty’s Theatre and a formal dinner with the Grampian Houston Association. They will also have an opportunity to meet the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and tour the Town House.

As part of the reciprocal exchange, the RGU students will head out to Houston from the 7 to 21 of September.

Commenting on the well-established partnership with the Houston-based University, Leanne said: “As a University we hugely value our links with Houston Baptist University and the Grampian Houston Association. We are also thankful to the exchange sponsor- Wood Group – whose support helps make this another exciting exchange for us all.”


Photo caption: (l-r) RGU students Iona Hynd and Beverley Brown, RGU lecturer Leanne Morrison, and Houston Baptist students, Rachelle Gerke and Katherine Sacueza 

  •  The Grampian-Houston Association fosters links with Houston in all spheres - business and commercial, educational, cultural, sporting, and social and arranges exchange visits to Houston. The Association initially came into being in May 1979 when Aberdeen was officially twinned with the City of Houston, 
  • Houston Baptist University (commonly abbreviated HBU) is a private Baptist institution founded in 1960. The university offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and pre-professional programmes, ranging from Biblical Languages to Nursing.

Issued by:

Erin White
Communications Assistant (Placement)
Robert Gordon University
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