The authors describe a teaching strategy by which graduate students in Perinatal/Women's Health Nursing demonstrated the synthesis of multiple roles involved in nursing education, practice, and research. As a requirement of their final clinical course, the students organized, planned, presented, and evaluated a symposium on current perinatal and neonatal issues. The symposium demonstrated to the students and the audience the high level of role synthesis achieved by the presenters. For the students, the overwhelming positive reception of their program was a true professional socialization experience. Theory had become reality.
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