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PhD, University of Kentucky, 2009
MSN, University of Southern Mississippi, 1989
BSN, Mississippi College, 1975


Postoperative/perianesthesia symptom management, post discharge nausea and vomiting, perioperative normothermia



Janet  Odom-Forren, PhD, RN, CPAN, FAAN

Assistant Professor

Jan Odom Forren received her BSN from Mississippi College and MSN from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received a PhD in nursing from the University of Kentucky, focusing on post discharge nausea and vomiting in ambulatory surgical patients.

Dr.Forren began teaching at UK as an adjunct in 2008 and then became an assistant professor in 2010. Before coming to UK, she was a staff nurse in PACU; clinical nurse specialist, perioperative services; nurse manager, PACU; and Director, Surgical Services. She is an international lecturer on perianesthesia and sedation issues and has published extensively in journals and books. Her research area of interest is management of postoperative symptoms, and her research for her dissertation focused on post discharge nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Forren is past president of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses and has served that organization in many capacities. She most recently has been a member of strategic work teams who developed ASPAN sponsored evidence-based guidelines on the management of PONV/PDNV and perioperative normothermia. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is currently a co-editor of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Her first book, Practical Guide to Moderate Sedation/Analgesia, co-authored with Donna Watson, was published in 2005. Her 2nd book, The PACU: A Critical Care Approach (5th ed.), co-authored with Cecil Drain, was named a 2009 AJN Book of the Year.


Forren, J. L. (2015). Postoperative pain care and complications. In J. Rothrock (Ed.), Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery ( 15th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Forren, J.L. (2015). Predatory publishers. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 30, 87.

Hooper, V. D., Ball, K. , Drain, C. , O’Brien, D. , Forren, J. L. (2015). Reconsideration of do not resuscitate orders in the surgical/procedural setting. Nursing Outlook, 63 (3), 370-373.

Forren, J.L. (2014). A primer to publishing in JOPAN. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 29, 263-265.

Forren, J.L. (2014). Ebola - A crisis. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 29, 526-528.

Forren, J.L. (2014). ICU overflow in the PACU. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 29, 81-82.

Forren, J. L. (2014). Postanesthesia recovery. In J. J. Nagelhout, K.L. Plaus (Ed.), Nurse Anesthesia ( 4th ed.). : Saunders/Elsevier.

Forren, J. L., Hooper, V. , Moser, D. K., Hall, L. A., Lennie, T. A., Holtman, J. R., Thomas, M. V., Centimole, Z. , Rush, C. R., Apfel, C. C. (2014). Postdischarge nausea and vomiting: Management strategies and outcomes over 7 days. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 29 (4), 275-284.

Forren, J.L. (2013). Drain's perianesthesia nursing: A critical care approach. Mosby/Elsevier (6).



Forren, J.L., Reed, D.B., Rush, C.R. (2015, April).  Postoperative Symptom Distress of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Patients. American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Forren, J.L., Reed, D.B., Rush, C.R. (2015, March).  Postoperative Symptom Distress of Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Patients. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) National Congress, Denver, CO.

Forren, J.L., Thomas, M., Roberts, H., Wright, I., Williams, S., Cronin, S.N. (2014, September).  Examining The Effectiveness of Controlled Breathing, With or Without Aromatherapy, in the Treatment of Postoperative Nausea in Female Patients Undergoing Outpatient Laparoscopic Procedures. Council of Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC.

Forren, J.L., Rayens, M.K., Gokun, Y., Jalota, L., Radke, O., Hooper, V., Apfel, C. (2014, September).  The Relationship of Persistent Pain and Nausea in Postoperative Patients for One Week After Ambulatory Surgery. Council of Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC.

Forren, J.L. (2014, May).  Implementing a Collaborative Perioperative Specialty Elective for BSN Undergraduates. 10th Annual Faculty Development Workshop, Lexington, KY.

Forren, J.L. (2014, May).  Prevalence of Pain and Nausea in Ambulatory Surgery Patients for One Week After Surgery. Wellington and Kenepuru Hospital Grand Rounds, Wellington, New Zealand.

Forren, J.L. (2013, ).  Prevalence of Pain in Postoperative Patients For One Week After Ambulatory Surgery. Sigma Theta Tau International, Sigma Theta Tau International, Prague, Czech Republic.

Forren, J.L. (2013, October).  Patient Safety and Moderate Sedation. Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates Regional Meeting, Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates, Louisville, KY.

Forren, J.L. (2013, September).  Nausea and Vomiting in the Ambulatory Surgery Population: Current Knowledge and Practice Recommendations. International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses, Dublin, Ireland.



Postoperative Symptom Distress of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Ambulatory Surgery Patients: A Qualitative Study
Project Period: January/ 8/ 2014 - October/ 7/ 2015
Total Award: $9939.00
Sponsor: American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses