For the first time in more than 30 years, the annual OR Manager Conference is hosting a virtual conference instead of a live event. Although we will miss seeing everyone in person, we’re providing the same high-quality education our nurse leaders have come to expect—thanks largely to the efforts of Jane Kuhn, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA BC, our nurse educator since 2013.
Jane will retire at the end of 2020, and we will greatly miss her contributions to OR Manager. Her long career as a nurse educator and leader has made her uniquely attuned to the needs of perioperative services leaders. As a former AORN nurse educator, interim director at facilities like Alta Bates Medical Center and Sutter Health, and instructor at Pacific College, Jane has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the OR Manager team.
Long-time colleagues have high regard for Jane. “As members of AORN’s first Ethics Committee, we worked together to create the first specialty organizations’ ‘Explications’ for the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics,” says Patricia C. Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), FAAN. “I was chair of the first AORN committee, and Jane chaired the committee after me. She and the committee members continued the committee’s trend-setting work by publishing one of the earliest HIV studies.”
Veronica Petersen, DNP, NE-BC, CNOR, AVP, perioperative services, Northwell Health, likewise praises Jane for her dedication to nursing. “Jane’s work ethic is like none other,” says Petersen. “The pride she takes in her work and that of the organization is truly inspiring. She is one of the most unassuming, humble people I have met during my 42 years of nursing, able to overcome any obstacle thrown her way with humor and grace.”
Jane has enriched the OR Manager Conference experience, doubling the size of the program to 10 concurrent tracks of sessions and expanding the programming offered for leaders of ambulatory surgery centers and the postanesthesia recovery unit. She has advocated for securing nationally known speakers to address the most timely, relevant topics, and she has helped garner support for the conference by building solid relationships with industry leaders, always assessing the value of the education being offered.
OR Manager is fortunate to have had such a devoted team player. We thank her for her many years of service and wish her all the best in the next chapter! ✥