Student nurses from America and Aberdeen have linked up to boost their knowledge.
Chloe Sangster and Kimberley Tosh, second year nursing students from Robert Gordon University, welcomed Amelia Holt and Celeste Ross from Houston Baptist University in Texas, who have spent the past two weeks in the north-east working with nursing colleagues from the university and NHS Grampian.
The exchange programme is part of the Sister City programme, which involves nurses comparing and contrasting their respective healthcare systems.
The annual knowledge sharing project was originally launched in 1994.
The American pair undertook a programme of academic, nursing, social and civic activities as well as a combination of clinical placements at NHS Grampian and community nursing visits.
Miss Holt said: “A nurses day-to-day job here isn’t too different from what we have back home, but it’s been really interesting looking at the bigger picture and comparing how different the NHS is with our private care system.”
The pair also enjoyed getting in touch with Scottish culture by visiting Dunnottar Castle, Crathes Castle, His Majesty’s Theatre and petting Highland Cows.
The Aberdeen students are excited about reuniting with the American students later in the year when they go stateside.
Miss Tosh said: “We’re looking forward to making the return trip to Houston later this year and it will be great to get a better idea of nursing worldwide.”
The programme is supported and funded by the Grampian Houston Association and the Houston Grampian Association.