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Linda Honan

PhD, MSN, CNS (BC), RN, FAAN(Nursing)
Professor of Nursing; Director - Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing

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Linda Honan, PhD, MSN, CNS (BC), RN, FAAN(Nursing)


Linda Honan is a Professor in Nursing at Yale University, who has taught in the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (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. Honan 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, and earned her PhD at the University of Connecticut

Professor Linda Honan is dedicated to understanding and developing effective and innovative techniques for clinical education in a multidisciplinary environment. She has created pedagogy that consistently demonstrates reliability and validity in fostering clinical skills. Her research reveals that diagnostic observations can be significantly improved by training in the visual examination of works of art (looking is not seeing), that the narratives of student experiences can give insight into the process of learning nursing (Yale nurses writing nursing), and that aural training with music results in statistically significant improvement in the interpretation of heart, lung and bowel sounds (listening is not hearing). Her current research is a collaborative effort with the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design in the development of a “beat box” which aims to improve the palpation skills of clinicians (touching is not feeling).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 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 Applied Anatomy (N511a), and is Associate Director for Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) (N 506ab) for YSN, YSM, and Physician Associate Program. She edited the first medical surgical textbook for accelerated nursing programs, and has published qualitative and quantitative research.

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

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

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Connecticut (2004)
  • MSN
    Yale University School of Nursing (1989)
  • BS
    Southern Connecticut State University, Nursing (1982)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding Organization
Donna Diers Mentorship AwardSigma Theta Tau, Delta Mu Chapter, 2000
Leadership AwardSigma Theta Tau, Delta Mu Chapter, 1999
Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in TeachingYale University School of Nursing, 1996
Seton Ivy Award for "Have Bones will Travel"Yale University, 2001
Salutes AwardConnecticut Teachers Association, 2002
Fellow, Saybrook CollegeYale University, 2003
Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in TeachingYale University School of Nursing, 2005
Award for Service and ContributionsGateway Community College, 2007
'Beverly Koerner Outstanding Alumni Award' for Education in NursingUniversity of Connecticut, 2007
Excellence in Caring in Chronic Illness AwardYale University School of Nursing, Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness, 2007
Commencement Faculty MarshallYale University School of Nursing, 2008
'Nightingale Award' for Excellence in NursingState of Connecticut, 2008
Special Recognition Alumni AwardYale University School of Nursing, 2009
Leadership AwardYale University Alumni Association, 2009
Josephine A. Dolan Award for Outstanding Contribution in Nursing EducationConnecticut Nurses' Association, 2011

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