Linda Honan Publishes Third Edition of Medical-Surgical Nursing: Focus on Clinical Judgment

November 14, 2023

On October 20, Koerner Fellow Linda Honan published the third edition of her book Medical-Surgical Nursing: Focus on Clinical Judgment. Designed to transition today’s students into tomorrow’s practice-ready nurses, the book leverages years of nursing education expertise and real-world clinical experience to help students master essential information, develop their clinical judgment, and confidently embrace the challenges.

Applying a practical, approachable perspective to the breadth of medical-surgical nursing, Professor Honan and her contributors distill essential concepts and practices in detail, clarifying processes and complex pathophysiology through essential coverage of the most prominent medical conditions and key nursing responsibilities. Professor Honan’s trademark pedagogical tools, honed throughout her years as a practitioner and educator, further reinforce the practicing nurse’s perspective and deepen students’ clinical readiness. 
The book has been revised and updated with an emphasis on clinical judgment and inclusivity, incorporating bias-free, gender-neutral language and walking students through the NCSBN’s Clinical Judgment Measurement Model with new NCLEX questions and case studies. Its enhanced focus on determinants of health highlights their impact on health, well-being, and quality of life to help students meet Healthy People 2030 objectives and equips students with the latest clinical insights. 

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 has 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.

For more information on the book, click here.