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  1. Laing, Karen BA, RN, CGRN
  2. Malick, K. Jane BSN, RN, CGRN


In October 2004, the authors had the opportunity to participate in an international professional and cultural exchange program, coordinated by the People to People Ambassador Programs. A delegation of gastroenterology nurses traveled to China. During the trip, the authors visited hospitals in Beijing, Chongquing, and Kunming. The hospital visits included tours of endoscopy units and other departments within these hospitals. The two groups engaged in dialogue to better understand each other and develop a better understanding of practice standards, education of nurses, and healthcare delivery systems in their respective countries. Formal presentations and informal dialogue were held at each professional exchange and served as the method of discussing the respective professional perspectives on gastroenterology nursing.