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Linda Connelly, PhD, MSH, ARNP, CNOR - Assistant Professor, Nursing

Linda K. Connelly is a native of Pensacola, Florida. She graduated from the Mobile Infirmary Hospital School of Nursing with a diploma in nursing in 1973.  She was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps in 1988.  COL Connelly earned her Bachelor of Health Education in 1978 from the University of West Florida. Dr. Connelly also earned a Master’s of Health Care Administration in 1983, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993 and a Master’s of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in 2000 all from the University of North Florida. She completed a PhD in the Philosophy of Nursing in December 2013 at Barry University, Miami Shores, Fl.


Dr. Connelly held various positions in nursing starting at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fl. In the Emergency Room and then migrated to the Operating Room after a couple years. Linda followed her husband’s Navy Career path and changing positions in the Operating Room in various states. Upon his retirement to Jacksonville, Linda continued to be employed in the Operating Rooms in the Jacksonville area until the completion of her Master’s pf Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Linda then worked with CMS as a nurse practitioner at the Duval County Pretrial Detention Center. Following this position Linda practiced as a nurse practitioner in a private position and then returned to the emergency room until returning to my alma mater, UNF as an instructor. In 2015 after completing her PhD she was promoted to Assistant Professor. Dr. Connelly teaches in the undergraduate nursing program and is a leader in simulation in the program. In spring of 2016 Dr. Connelly completed a certificate as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Gerontology.  


Dr. Connelly served with the 445th General Hospital in Providence

Rhode Island as a Perioperative Nurse from 1988-1992. From 1992-1996 she held various position in the 2290th General Hospital in Rockville, Maryland to include Perioperative Nurse serving in a joint venture with the US Navy at the Bethesda Reserve Weekend Same Day Surgery Program and as the Clinical Training Officer.  In 1996, COL Connelly transferred to the 345th Combat Support Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida and served as the Perioperative Nurse, OIC of the US Naval Air Station located in Jacksonville, Florida Regional Medical Center, Same Day Surgery Program, followed by the position of Head Nurse of the OR/CMS section.  From 2002-2003 she also served as the acting Commander for the1997th, 1878th and the 1989th Medical Teams.  Continuing service with the 345th CSH from 2004-2008, COL Connelly served as the Assistant Chief Nurse and then served as the Chief Nurse.


In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 08-10, COL Connelly served as the Deputy Commander for Nursing with Task Force 345th with oversight of the combat support hospital in three separate split-based locations in Al Asad, Tikrit and Mosul, Iraq.  From 2009-2012 COL Connelly served as the Army Nurse Corps Deputy Chief, Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentee in the Office of the Surgeon General.  


COL Connelly awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaves; Army Achievement Medal (1 0LC); Meritorious Unit Citation; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (4 0LC); Humanitarian Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Armed Forces Reserve Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Star device. She is also authorized to wear the DA Staff Badge and is the recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit Medallion. Recognitions include being selected in 2005 by “The Great 100” Nurses of Northeast Florida Nurses Association, District II. In 2006 COL Connelly was awarded the Blackboard Greenhouse Exemplary On-Line Pedagogy Course Award and the American Red Cross Influential Nurse Leader Award and FCORN Perioperative Nurse of the Year for 2013-2014.


COL Connelly is married to Michael Joseph Connelly, US Navy retired and they have four children; Katherine, Michael Francis, Sarah and Joseph.




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