• Mona T. Lydon-Rochelle CNM, PhD, MPH,

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    • Mona T. Lydon-Rochelle is assistant professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

    • Dr. Lydon-Rochelle was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Health-National Institute of Nursing Research (1 P30 NR0400). The authors thank Nancy Fugate-Woods, PhD, Dean and Professor, and Kristen Swanson, Chair and Professor at the Department of Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, for their review and comments on the roundtable.

  • Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon CNM, MN,

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    • Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon lectures at the University of Washington School of Nursing and practices full-scope midwifery at Providence Midwifery Care in Everett, Washington.

  • Martha J. “Jody” Tower CNM, MN,

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    • Martha J. “Jody” Tower provides full-scope midwifery care to medically and financially disadvantaged clients at the Family Planning Association of Chelan-Douglas Counties, Washington.

  • Lori Trego CNM, MN,

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    • Lori Trego practices full-scope midwifery at an Army Community hospital in the Washington DC, area.

  • Ruth Lagerberg CNM, MN, FNP

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    • Ruth Lagerberg serves on the faculty of the Maternal and Child Regional Health Program, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

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A snapshot of four graduates’ views on their educational experience at a research institution as well as their perspective on how it prepared them for the challenges they faced in entering the workplace is presented. Discussants stated that research knowledge is a critical aspect to clinical practice. Their educational experience provided them with the ability to understand information technology applications, identify and access relevant scientific research, evaluate the integrity and comparability of research findings, and apply research findings to clinical practice. Areas within the curriculum that were identified as needing more content and/or greater emphasis included primary health care, how to work competently and effectively with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and racial and ethnic backgrounds, experience with public health providers, and content such as intimate partner violence and adolescent behaviors.