Using the semantic wave to support intellectual disability nursing students to apply theory and evidence in practice
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Using the semantic wave to support intellectual disability nursing students to apply theory and evidence in practice

Liz Hartnett Lecturer, School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Martin McNamara Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn about the semantic wave and Legitimation Code Theory

  • To understand how the semantic wave can be applied to improving nursing practice

  • To develop ideas as to how you can implement the semantic wave when teaching students

This article details how a conceptual tool, the semantic wave, can be used to support intellectual disability nursing students to access and apply theories, concepts and evidence to inform their practice. The semantic wave can enable nurse preceptors in Ireland – and practice supervisors and practice assessors in the UK – to articulate the links between theory and practice when supporting nursing students to develop foundational competences on their practice placements.

This article uses a case study of a nurse preceptor supporting a first-year intellectual disability nursing student to develop their competence in communication and interpersonal relationships, demonstrating how the semantic wave can be used to apply nursing theory to context-specific practice situations.

Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2020.e2101

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

liz.hartnett@dcu.ie

Conflict of interest

None declared

Hartnett L, McNamara M (2020) Using the semantic wave to support intellectual disability nursing students to apply theory and evidence in practice. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2020.e2101

Published online: 27 August 2020

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