Mary A. Wcisel

Faculty Profiles

Mary A. Wcisel

Associate Professor
Nursing Science
12C Havican Hall


Mary Wcisel has served as an expert in nursing care of adults for more than 10 years at Saint Mary’s. She has a decade of surgical floor nursing experience at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center prior to starting her current path in the higher education of nurses.


MSN, Indiana University, Indianapolis
BSN, Ball State University

Areas of Expertise 

Medical surgical nursing
Nursing care of adults
Nursing leadership and management

Research Interests 

Quality and safety education for nurses
Clinical care evaluation
Student development

Courses Recently Taught 

  • NURS 410: Nursing care of the adult- advanced
  • NURS 999: Senior comprehensive
  • NURS 410L: Nursing care of the adult advanced clinical

Professional Experience 

  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, Associate Professor, 2007–present
  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, Assistant Professor, 2001–2007
  • Ivy Tech State College, South Bend, IN, Program Chair, Associate Degree Nursing Program, 1999–2001
  • Ivy Tech State College, South Bend, IN, Faculty Member, Associate Degree Nursing Program, 1987–1999
  • Ivy Tech State College, South Bend, IN, Faculty Member, Practical Nursing Program, 1983–1987

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Co-editor of Delmar’s Fundamental and Advanced Nursing Skills, 3rd Ed. with P. Keresztes, Delmar Publishers, 2010.
  • Co-reviser of "Medical-Surgical Nursing: Clinical Management for Positive Outcomes, 8th Ed." with P. Keresztes, Chapter 56: Management of Clients with Functional Cardiac Disorders, Elsevier Publishers, 2009.

Professional Memberships 

  • American Nurses Association, 2001–present
  • Northern Indiana Nurse Educators, 2008–present Secretary
  • Nursing 2000 North, Inc., 2005–2006
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Approval, 2004–2010
  • Indiana State Nurses Association, 2002–2012​
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing, item writer pool member, 2002–2008
  • Nursing Consortium of North Central Indiana, 2001–present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Nu Omicron Chapter, 1999–present Vice president, program committee member, leadership succession committee

Awards and Honors

  • Grant recipient for Merging Informatics and Nursing Education: Preparing Graduates for the 21st Century, Saint Mary's College, 2003
  • President's Award for Excellence in Instruction, Ivy Tech State College, South Bend, IN, 1998