Integrative Journal of Nursing and Health http://www.gratisoa.org/journals/index.php/IJNH <p>The <strong>Integrative Journal of Nursing and Health</strong>&nbsp;is a world renowned international peer reviewed journal. IJNH objective is to provide a platform for the researchers, clinical practitioners and readers who are committed to advancing practice and proficient development by exchanging the knowledge that is directly relevant to all spheres of nursing and midwifery practice.</p> <p><strong>Why publish your article in Integrative Journal of Nursing and Health?</strong></p> <p>Gratis open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to whole global audience.&nbsp;Integrative Journal of Nursing and Health offers a fast publication schedule where every work undergoes rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both full text and as a formatted PDF.</p> Gratis Open Access Publishers en-US Integrative Journal of Nursing and Health The effect of a topical homeopathic solution on nocturnal leg cramps and associated symptoms http://www.gratisoa.org/journals/index.php/IJNH/article/view/1009 <p><u>Background:</u> Approximately 33% of individuals age 50 years and older report Nocturnal Leg Cramps (NLC).&nbsp; NLC are associated with poor sleep quality, declining quality of life and depression.&nbsp; The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a topical homeopathic solution dispensed as a foam on the frequency and severity of night-time cramps and associated symptoms including, sleep quality, quality of life, and depression.</p> <p><u>Materials:</u>&nbsp; A topical homeopathic solution dispensed as a foam containing magnesium sulfate.&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Methods:</u> 50 subjects who reported NLC volunteered to participate in a 4-week double blind clinical trial.&nbsp; Subjects self-reported their sleep quality, quality of life and depression upon entering into the study following two weeks of no treatment and again following 2 weeks of either topically applying a homeopathic solution dispensed as a foam or a placebo foam.&nbsp; Subjects also completed a daily diary indicating the frequency and severity of their night-time cramps. During the two week treatment period subjects were instructed to apply their assigned topical foam to their legs bilaterally before retiring to bed.</p> <p><u>Results</u>: The subjects who received the homeopathic solution exhibited declines (p&lt;.05) in the frequency of cramps and the severity by frequency of cramps between weeks 1 and 4.&nbsp; Subjects receiving the homeopathic solution reported improvements (p&lt;.05) in their sleep quality, quality of life and depression.&nbsp; Subjects receiving the placebo did not change on any outcome measures between weeks 1 and 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Conclusion:</u> The homeopathic solution may provide a complimentary therapy to treating NLCs and associated symptoms.</p> Robert Topp ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2018-03-21 2018-03-21 25 34 Virtual Simulation as a Research Priority in Nursing Education http://www.gratisoa.org/journals/index.php/IJNH/article/view/1109 <p>The National League of Nursing has set several nursing education research priorities. The first of these is to “build the science of nursing education through the discovery and translation of innovative evidence-based strategies”. This essay intends to explore the theme of the educationpractice link within this NLN research priority.</p> Tamara Jessica Brown ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2018-01-02 2018-01-02 04 09 Nursing Informatics Research Team Model of Scholarship http://www.gratisoa.org/journals/index.php/IJNH/article/view/1111 <p>The Nursing Informatics Research Team (NIRT) was born from the desire of three Nursing Informatics (NI)scholars who saw the need to work collaboratively to advance nursing informatics education. This group was veryeffective and chose to expand their group extending membership to other faculty scholars, new faculty, and newgraduates in their field. This working group is celebrating its seventh year of practice. Concepts have grown andproven effective and over time the operation of the group has given rise to a model of scholarship. This publicationis a documentation of the current model that can be integrated across any educational institution.</p> West KE Hunter K Sipes C Hill T Mc Gonigle D Gordon R ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2018-03-21 2018-03-21 20 24 EVU and the 3 Bs: A Nurse’s Role on Impacting Cultural Health http://www.gratisoa.org/journals/index.php/IJNH/article/view/1110 <p>How many layers do you wear? The beauty of humans lies in the many complexities which create humanity, thelayers which complete us. Picture a banana. It is hard and waxy, if left unpeeled; one would never find the deliciousfruit inside. The banana represents culture, peel back the layers, and find the beauty within the whole. Understandingthe complexity of a person’s culture can assist the provider or person in advocating for a greater good for both theindividual and the society they participate in. Various cultures migrate to the United States every year, and the healthof those immigrants has been affected, many times negatively. The decline in immigrant health, compounded by thecurrent political environment, and the arrival immigrants and refugees into the Des Moines, Iowa area sparked theinterest of the author.</p> Andrea Jimmerson ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2018-01-02 2018-01-02 01 03