Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Linda Honan Pellico, PhD, MSN, CNS-BC, RN

PellicoAssociate Professor of Nursing

Division of Acute Care/Health Systems

Yale School of Nursing - Rm 20407
Yale University West Campus
P.O. Box 27399
West Haven, CT 06516


203.785.6455 fax

Linda Honan Pellico is an associate professor of nursing at Yale University School of Nursing. She has taught in the GEPN program since 1989, served as Program Director and Curriculum Coordinator, and been a consultant to graduate entry programs in other universities both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Pellico obtained her nursing diploma from the Meriden-Wallingford Hospital School of Nursing, a B.S. in nursing from Southern Connecticut State University, her M.S.N. from Yale University School of Nursing as a general surgery Clinical Nurse Specialist. She earned her PhD at the University of Connecticut where she studied the experiences of students enrolled in Graduate entry programs. Journals of graduate entry students during their nascent year were examined using narrative analysis and aesthetic criticism for her dissertation.

Dr. Pellico is a clinical educator with a deep interest in how adults learn and how individuals come to embrace the nursing profession with compassion and competence. She is dedicated to understanding and developing effective and innovative techniques for clinical education in a multi disciplinary environment. The graduating classes of 1996 and 2005 each awarded her the Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor a member of the Yale School of Nursing faculty can receive.

In addition to having held a number of nursing positions, Linda Honan Pellico is a teacher of all ages. She developed a state wide public education program "Have Bones, Will Travel" which introduces elementary school children to human anatomy with an emphasis on health and safety. For this she received the Connecticut Teachers Association Salutes Award and the Seton Ivy Award from Yale University.

She spearheaded the development of the Creative Writing Award and created the books, "Do you see what I see?" which are compilations of years of students journaling. Her research interests are on the education of adult learners, creative teaching strategies and narrative inquiry.

Responsible for Medical Surgical Nursing didactic (N517a) and clinical (N516a) for the Graduate entry program and Applied Anatomy (N511a).

Featured in Yale Nursing Matters magazine article: Looking Is Not Seeing, Listening Is Not Hearing

Research interests
Education of adult learners, creative teaching strategies, narrative inquiry, and the work environment of newly licensed registered nurses.

Clinical practice
Precepts students on 6-4 (Surgical trauma unit) at Yale New Haven Hospital, Fall Semester

Clinical Nurse Educator- Center for Professional Practice Excellence. Yale New Haven Hospital

Selected publications
Pellico, L. H., (In press). Third person observant or first person present. Pulse: Voices at the heart of medicine

Pellico, L. H., Duffy, T. C., Fennie, K. P., & Swan, K. A. (2012). Looking is not seeing and listening is not hearing: Effect of an intervention to enhance auditory skills of graduate-entry nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33, 234-239.

Pellico, L. H. (2012). Focus on adult health nursing. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkens, Wolters Kluwer Publications.  

Pellico, L. H., Terrill, E., White, P., & Rico, J. (2012). Integrative review of graduate entry programs in nursing. The Journal of Nursing Education, 51(1), 29-37. doi:10.3928/01484834-20111130-01; 10.3928/01484834-20111130-01

Djukic, M., Pellico, L. H., Kovner, C. T., & Brewer, C. S. (2011). Newly licensed RNs describe what they like best about being a nurse. Nursing Research and Practice, 2011, 968191. doi:10.1155/2011/968191

Flores, J., Pellico, L. (2011). A Meta-Synthesis of Women's Postincarceration Experiences, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, June 3, 2011

Pellico, L.H., (2010). Miss orienting nurse, American Journal of Nursing, 110 (8), p 72

Pellico, L. H., Djukic, M., Kovner, C. T., Brewer, C.S. (2010). Moving on, up, or out: Title not caps Changing Work Needs of New RNs at Different Stages of Their Beginning Nursing Practice. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 15(1). November 2, 2009. http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol152010/

Pellico, L. H., Friedlaender, L., & Fennie, K. (2009). Looking is not seeing: Using Art to improve observational skills. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(11): 648-653

Pellico, L. H., Brewer, C.S., & Kovner, C. T. (2009). What newly licensed registered nurses have to say about their first experiences. Nursing Outlook, 57(4): 194-203

Pellico, L. H., Bridgman, M., & Nero, L., (2009). Holding on to the moment. Imprint, 56(3): 25, 48

Pellico, L.H., & Chinn, P. L. (2007). Narrative Criticism: A systematic approach to the analysis of Story. Journal of Holistic Nursing, Vol. 25, No. 1, 58-65  

Professional Honors or Recognition:
2011: Connecticut Nurses’ Association Josephine A. Dolan Award for Outstanding Contribution in Nursing Education

2009: Yale University Alumni Association Leadership Award

2009: Yale University School of Nursing Special Recognition Alumni Award

2008: State of Connecticut, ‘Nightingale Award’ for Excellence in Nursing

2008: Yale University School of Nursing, Commencement Faculty Marshall

2007: Yale School of Nursing, Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness ‘Excellence in Caring in Chronic Illness Award’

2007: University of Connecticut School of Nursing ‘Beverly Koerner Outstanding Alumni Award’ for Education in Nursing

2007: Gateway Community College, Award for Service and Contributions

2005: Yale University School of Nursing, Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching

2003: Fellow, Saybrook College, Yale University

2002: ‘Salutes Award’, Connecticut Teachers Association

2001: Yale University ‘Seton Ivy Award’ for ‘Have Bones will Travel’

2000: Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Mu Chapter, Donna Diers Mentorship Award

1999: Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Mu Chapter, Leadership Award

1996: Yale University School of Nursing, Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching

1989: Induction, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Mu Chapter