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Bullet wounds and overnight queues: UK students’ eye-opening US exchange visits

Every year, nursing students from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen travel to the US on exchange programmes to learn about nursing practice and healthcare delivery in the US.
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Every year, nursing students from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen travel to the US on exchange programmes to learn about nursing practice and healthcare delivery in the US

Seeing how healthcare works in the US firsthand is a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ for UK nursing students, says nursing lecturer Jackie Leith, who co-ordinates exchange programmes at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Four nursing students have the opportunity every year to travel from Aberdeen to the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and vice versa, with both sides benefiting from broadening their horizons.

The two-week trip, funded by the second-year students themselves, is now in its fourth year and includes visits to surgical wards, a children’s hospital, a cancer

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