Mary Kay Welle

Associate Professor, Department of Nursing Science

"The design of this curriculum is unique and graduates will have an edge in knowing and understanding how to implement meaningful change. This exciting and dynamic curriculum stands true to the mission of Saint Mary's College and can be summarized in three words: knowledge, action, compassion. It makes me want to go back to school!"

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Professor Welle brings a background of both in-patient and out-patient nursing care to the Department of Nursing. She has worked with neurology, orthopaedic, trauma, and surgery patients during her time as a practicing registered nurse at Memorial Hospital, the Orthopedic Sports Medical Center in Elkhart, the college health clinic at Indiana University South Bend, and North Central Neurosurgery. Welle has nearly a decade of teaching experience with higher education experience at Valparaiso University and Indiana University South Bend prior to beginning her current teaching path at Saint Mary’s College.


MSN, Valparaiso University
BSN, Indiana University South Bend
BA, College of Saint Benedict

Area of Expertise

Orthopaedic nursing

Medical Surgical nursing

Evidence Based Practice

Research Interests

Venous thromboembolism prevention


Nursing student learning

Postoperative infection prevention

Care of the orthopaedic and trauma patient

Professional Experience

  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, Associate Professor, 2014–present
  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, Assistant Professor, 2008–2014
  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, Visiting Professor, 2007
  • Indiana University South Bend, Visiting Lecturer, Spring 2007
  • North Central Neurosurgery, South Bend, IN, Advanced Nurse Practice CNS, January-April 2007
  • Indiana University South Bend, Adjunct Faculty Member, 2005–2006
  • Valparaiso University, Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Assistant, Spring 2006
  • Valparaiso University, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2005
  • Indiana University South Bend, College Health Clinic RN, 2004–2005
  • Orthopedic Sports Medical Center, Elkhart, IN, Ambulatory Orthopaedic Clinic RN, 2003–2005
  • Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN, Orthopaedic-Neuro Unit RN, 1996–2003

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Travel Grant, June 2013
  • Nan Hilt Writer’s Award, May 2012
  • Faculty Development Grant recipient, April 2011
  • Saint Mary’s College Woman of the Year Nominee, March 2011
  • Gigi Viellion Memorial Evidence-Based Practice Scholarship, August 2010
  • Academic Excellence Award, Valparaiso University, January 2007
  • Spirit of Nursing Award, Indiana University South Bend, 1996

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2007-2009 
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nursing, 2007-2009
  • Nursing Research Consortium of North Central Indiana, 2006-present
  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 1996-present 
  • National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, 1996-present 


  • “Understanding the new emerging oral anticoagulants for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis,” Orthopaedic Nursing, 31(5), 265–278, 2012.
  • “Inferior vena cava filter use as pulmonary embolism prophylaxis in trauma,” Orthopaedic Nursing, 30(2), 98–114, 2011.
  • “The use of inferior vena cava filters in orthopaedic trauma patients,” and, 2010.
  • Welle, M.K., A. Peacock-Johnson.  "Clinical Hours: Perception of Students for a 9-hour  Hospital Clinical Practicum and a 3-hour Seminar." Sigma Theta Tau International 24th Nursing  Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 22-26, 2013.
  • "Evidence-Based Practice Starting Blocks: Academics and Practice Collaboration."  Sigma Theta Tau International 24th Nursing Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 22-26, 2013.
  • "The Use of Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Trauma."  30th Annual Congress, National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, Seattle, WA, May 15-19, 2010. 
  • "Asking the burning question: The catalyst for practice change." Panel presentation:  Research SIG: "Orthopaedic Nursing Research: PhD Not Reguired but Always Welcome."  35nd Annual Congress, National Association of Orthopaedic Nursing, Nashville, TN, May 16-19, 2015.