Jan Odom-Forren PhD, RN, CPAN, FASPAN, FAAN
Associate Professor

Jan Odom-Forren, associate professor, 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.  Prior to her position at UK, she was a staff nurse in PACU; 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, including post-discharge nausea and vomiting and pain, and opioid education for postoperative patients.

Dr. Odom-Forren is past president of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) and has served that organization in many capacities. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in ASPAN. She is currently a co-editor of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. She is author of two books: Practical Guide to Moderate Sedation/Analgesia, edition two; and Drain's The PACU: A Critical Care Approach.

Dr. Odom-Forren has conducted funded research to determine Postoperative Symptom Management in Orthopaedic and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Ambulatory Surgery patients and conducted a funded study regarding Perianesthesia Nurses' Knowledge and Promotion of Safe Use, Storage, and Disposal of Opioids. She is currently PI on an interventional study to determine the effect of an educational module on knowledge, attitude and intention of nurses regarding opioid discharge information, PI on a study assessing the experiences of perioperative nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Co-I on an international study assessing stress and fear of perianesthesia nurses who worked in a COVID-19 intensive care unit.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-6292

Fax: (859) 323-1057

Email: Jan.Forren@uky.edu



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


Postoperative/perianesthesia symptom management; Post discharge nausea and vomiting; Acute postoperative pain; Perioperative normothermia; and Opioid patient education


Dr. Jan Odom-Forren's CV


Perioperative Nurses' Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Grant Primary Investigator: Jan Odom-Forren
Project Period: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Total Award: $10,000
Sponsor: Society of Nursing Research Society/Association of periOperative Registered Nurses