Linda Honan is a professor emerita at the Yale School of Nursing. She taught in the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program for over thirty years and served as curriculum coordinator and director. In addition, she was associate director of the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE), where she was responsible for the clinical curriculum for all first-year medical, nursing, and physician associate students at Yale, and precepted students at the Yale-New Haven Hospital trauma unit.
Professor Honan is a nurse scholar and clinical educator dedicated to understanding and developing effective and innovative techniques for clinical education in a multidisciplinary environment. Known for her creativity and the development of novel and effective teaching strategies for adult learners, she received numerous awards including the Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching, Yale Leadership Award, Inspiring Yale Award, University of Connecticut Beverly Koerner Outstanding Alumni Award for Education in Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award, ANA Innovation Award, and a Yale Seton Elm-Ivy Award. She is a Fellow of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Given that the skill of physical examination is multisensory, curricula that enhance the skills of observing, touching, and hearing logically have potential for improved competency. Professor Honan introduced the use of art and music in health care curricula in her effort toward improving students’ clinical competence.