What happened when a mandatory ban on smoking in prisons came into affect? One study examined the efficacy of forced abstinence from cigarettes in inmates from several prisons. Rates of smoking in the general public have seen a steady decline; were these results replicated in prisons? What affect does this have on nursing in prisons?
Ashleigh Djachenko (RN, BN, GCertCPrimaryHCare, GDipHealthRes) is the Nurse Educator for Prison Health Services in the West Moreton Hospital Health Service, Queensland Health. She has extensive experience in correctional nursing, having worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Secure Unit and the Arthur Gorrie and Brisbane Correctional Centres. Ashleigh is responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of nursing education programs across the four state-run correctional centres in the West Moreton health district. Ashleigh has a special interest in primary health care and nurse-led correctional health research. She recently completed a dissertation into smoking cessation in the West Moreton prisoner population. She received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in 2012 and the West Moreton Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Nurse Education in 2014. Ashleigh aims to promote the value of correctional nursing practice, research and education in Queensland.