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

Linda Honan

Professor of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 20407

phone: 203-737-5392
fax: 203-785-6455



Linda Honan is a Professor who has taught in the GEPN Program since 1989; she is responsible for Medical Surgical Nursing didactic, Applied Anatomy, and is Associate Director for Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) for Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Physician Associate Program.

She obtained her nursing diploma from the Meriden-Wallingford Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Southern Connecticut State University, her MSN from Yale School of Nursing, and her PhD at the University of Connecticut.

A scholar and clinical educator dedicated to understanding and developing effective and innovative techniques for clinical education, Professor Honan has been recognized for her creativity and the development of novel and effective teaching strategies for adult learners with numerous awards. Her research reveals that diagnostic observations can be significantly improved by training in the visual examination of works of art, that the narratives of student experiences can give insight into the process of learning nursing, and aural training with music improves auscultative abilities. She spearheaded the development of the Creative Writing Award and created the books, “Do you see what I see?” which are compilations of students journaling. Additionally, she developed a state wide public education program “Have Bones, Will Travel” which introduces elementary school children and young adults to human anatomy with an emphasis on health and safety.

She edited the first medical surgical textbook for accelerated nursing programs, and has published qualitative and quantitative research. She is dedicated to understanding and developing effective and innovative techniques for clinical education.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Education of adult learners, creative teaching strategies, interprofessional education, qualitative clinical research, and narrative inquiry.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Honan currently precepts ILCE students on 6-4 (surgical trauma unit) at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Talwalkar, J.S., Fahs, D.B., Kayingo, G. & Honan, L., (In Press). Readiness for interprofessional learning among medical, nursing and physician associate students at an American university. Journal for Interprofessional Care.

Honan, L., Shealy, S., Fennie, K., Duffy, T.C., Friedlaender, L., & Del Vecchio, M. (In Press) Looking is not seeing and Listening is not hearing: a replication study with Accelerated BSN students. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Pellico L. H., Fahs, D. B., Talwalkar, J., & Kayingo, G., (2015). Interprofessional learning: Perceptions of first year health students.   Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(6), 39-49.

Pellico, L. H., Funk, M., Maynard, M., Fahs, D., Clark, J.T., & David, Y., (2015) Listening to Nurses’ Perspectives on Clinical Alarms, American Journal of Critical Care, September, 24:387-395; doi:10.4037/ajcc2015552.

Rizzolo, L.J., Stewart W.B., Garino, A., and Pellico, L.H.  (2015). Negotiation as a tool to tailor anatomy courses to diverse health programs. In Teaching Anatomy – A Practical Guide. Chan, L.K. and Pawlina, W., eds. Springer, publisher. (

Pellico, L. H., Gilliam, W., Lee, A., Kerns, R. D., (2014). Hearing New Voices:  Registered Nurses and Health Technicians experience caring for chronic pain patients in primary care clinics, The Open Nursing Journal, 8, 25–33. doi:10.2174/1874434601408010025.

Pellico, L.H., Fahs, D. B., & Martinez, P.  (2014). Lessons learned as you begin nursing, in Nursing for the Curious: Why Study Nursing (ISBN 978-1-925128-03-1).

Pellico, L. H., Fennie, K., Tillman, S., Duffy, T. C., Friedlaender; L., Graham, G. (2013), Artwork and Music: Innovative Approaches to Physical Assessment Instruction and Learning. Arts and Health, DOI:10.1080/17533015.2013.838592.

Lincoln, L.E. Pellico, L., Kerns, R., Anderson, D. (2013), Barriers and Facilitators to Chronic Non cancer Pain Management in Primary Care, The Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine; S3: 001. doi:10.4172/2165-7386.S3-001.

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(4), 234-239.

Pellico, L., Terrill, E., White, P., Rico, J. (2012).  An Integrative Review of Graduate Entry Programs in Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, 51(1), 29-37.

“Focus on Adult Health Nursing.” Linda Honan. Editor and chapter writer. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Wolters Kluwer Publishers. This is the first medical surgical resource for accelerated nursing students. Second edition currently in press.


Honan, L, (2016, 4/28/16). Invited Speaker, Looking is not seeing Annual Dinner in San Antonio AYA. Texas.

Honan, L., (2016, 4/1/16). Invited Speaker; Research in Clinical Nursing Education. Seton Hall University College of Nursing, New Jersey.

Honan, L. & Duffy, T. (2016, January 29th). Invited speaker. Webinar Innovations Project: Replicating an innovative pedagogy for physical examination and problem setting skills. Keynote speaker, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers In Nursing.