Detailed Information for Mary  Distel

Mary  Jo Distel 
Nursing, Wilson School of
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
Bridwell Hall 312
Office Hours

Voice: (940) 397-4603
Fax: (940) 397-4911

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Topics of interest in academia include:  musculoskeletal disorders, neurologic disorders, endocrine problems, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, fluid and electrolyte problems, genitourinary and renal disorders, infectious diseases (especially HIV and hepatitis)

Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2015 NURS 3882  101  Service Learning I    Off-Campus 

This is an off-campus course which involves 90 on-site volunteer hours at community agencies/organizations.

Details Fall 2015 NURS 3853  101  Concepts in Caring for the Adult Client    Dillard College of Business Administration 131

Class meets every Tuesday afternoon @ 1400-1650 hours in Dillard Building, room 131.

Details Fall 2015 NURS 3423  170  Family Health Nursing Care I    Bolin Hall 100

Classroom instruction occurs on Mondays and Wednesdays @ 4:30-5:50 PM

Details Fall 2015 NURS 3422  101; 102; 103; 104  Family Health Nursing Care I Clinicals    Off-Campus N/A

To Be Announced (TBA):  Experiences are scheduled with assigned nurse preceptor on hospital units by individual students. 

Details Summer II 2015 NURS 3843  401; 402; 403  Foundations in Clinical Concepts and Competencies Clinical    Off-Campus 

Each student must complete the 135 clinical hours to successfully pass this course. Clinical hours are calculated as follows:



Type of Clinical Experience

Total Number of Hours

Clinical Orientation (First Thursday afternoon)


SIMS preclinical preparation


SIMS experiences


Service Learning Experiences


Thursday clinical experiences (Dosage Calculations)


Friday patient care experiences, written assignments & post-conferences


Clinical practicum at SIMS Center


Evolve HESI Case Studies


Clinical evaluation




Total # of clinical hours for the semester



a) Clinical orientation, lasting four hours (1310-1710 hrs), will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Dillard, room 131.


b) Simulated experiences will be conducted at the Regional Simulation Center at 917 Midwestern Parkway.  SIMS lab times will be 1310-1810 hrs on Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons.  Depending on the group the student is assigned to (group 1 or group 2), students will attend simulation experiences on alternate days for a total of six experiences. Students must complete a pre-clinical assignment prior to each SIMS experience.  Pre-clinical worksheets, for each SIMS experience, will be posted on D2L for student completion.


c) Students will participate in 18 hours of service learning opportunities within the local community.  The intent of these hours is to orient students to assuming the role of the community volunteer/advocate and NOT that of nursing! (The role of nurse in the community will be experienced during future semesters.)  For purposes of providing continuity into an introduction to service learning this semester, students will volunteer at only two locations during this course:   The Wichita Falls Food Bank and Faith Mission.  (You will be permitted to self schedule service learning in agencies of your choice in later semesters.)  Although these hours have been indicated as six three- hour sessions on the clinical schedules, student hours may be done on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons, and/or on Saturdays if arrangements with the agencies are made ahead of time.


d)  Four twelve-hour patient care experiences at the assigned extended care facility will be completed.  These experiences will be scheduled from 0645 until 1700 hrs. Students will meet with their clinical instructor back at MSU for two hours after the clinical experience (1715-1915 hrs) to complete the post-conference. This totals 48 clinical hours (includes time for completing written assignments).


e) The Clinical practicum competency assessment, during the last week of the semester, will consist of two skills and a clinical scenario. This will be scheduled by the clinical instructor, on either August 3rd  or Aug 4th,  and will be completed in the SIMS Center.  This totals 4 hours of clinical time.


f) As well, each student will complete 10 case studies from the Evolve Patient Reviews, Case Studies and Practice Test resources.  To access these, log on to  and enter the course code: 10358_rlockhart4_1006.  Go to HESI Case Studies tab, then “Fundamentals” tab and the case studies will be listed.  These case studies are listed on the course calendar at the times that correspond with the content covered on the case study.  The student must complete at least 10 of the case studies by midnight on the last day of classes, August 6, 2015.  The average of the 10 grades posted in the Evolve gradebook, after the case studies are completed, will comprise 10% of the student’s final course grade.


Simulation Experiences:


  • SIMS experiences begin at 1310 hrs on scheduled dates for each student group.  Arrive

                  promptly and be ready to participate.

  • Students are to wear the approved MSU BSN clinical uniform with photo ID badge to the simulation experiences.
  • Students must BRING their stethoscope, watch, box of gloves, pen, clinical notebook

                  with competency transcript, textbook and skills supply kit to each SIMS experience.

  • Students are to complete the pre-clinical SIMS assignment prior to attending each SIMS session.
  • Clinical instructors and simulation lab staff have the right to require students to demonstrate proficiency in a skill if a student fails to display competency in any clinical setting.


Clinicals in Long-Term Care Facilities:


  • Long-Term Care agency clinical times are on Fridays at 0645 hrs until 1915 hrs.  These time frames include a two-hour post-conference at the end of each experience held on campus. 
  • Students must wear the MSU-approved clinical uniform and  have their stethoscopes, B/P cuffs, watches, pens, bandage scissors, clinical notebooks with competency transcripts and patient care documentation worksheets during each clinical experience.
  • Clinical instructors have the right to require students to demonstrate proficiency in a skill if a student fails to display competency in any clinical setting.


Details Summer II 2015 NURS 3833  401  Foundations in Clinical Concepts and Competencies    Dillard College of Business Administration 131

Classes meet Monday-Thursday at 1010 AM until 1210 noon in Dillard Business Building, room 131.

Details Summer I 2015 NURS 3821  X30  Medical Terminology    Online 

This is an on-line course exclusively. No classroom experiences are included.

Details Summer I 2015 NURS 3803  301  Introduction to Health Care Systems    Dillard College of Business Administration 131

Course meets Monday-Thursday at 10:10 AM until 12:100 PM in Dillard Business Building, room 131.

Details Spring 2015 NURS 4852    Service Learning 2    Off-Campus NA

Service Learning 2 is a self-paced community service course for nursing students enrolled in the third semester of the Accelerated Second Career Program.  

This is an off-campus course which involves 90 on-site volunteer hours at community agencies/organizations.

The course is managed using Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system as follows:

Desire2Learn (D2L) is required for this course and is the preferred site for all communications between the course coordinator and students.  If, for any reason, access to D2L is a problem, please notify MSU Distance Education at, or feel free to contact the course coordinator by campus email at


Details Spring 2015 NURS 4803  201  Concepts in Caring for the Acutely Ill Client    Dillard College of Business Administration 329

Class meets one time weekly on Tuesdays, @ 0900-1150- hrs in Dillard, room 329.

Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
University of Florida Bachelor of Science in Nursing Jun 9 1973 12:00AM 
University of Florida Associate of Arts Jun 11 1971 12:00AM 
Wright State University Master of Science in Nursing Mar 18 1989 12:00AM 

Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  U. S. Army Student Nurse  1971  1973
 United States Army Nurse Corps  Registered Nurse  1973  1979
 St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL  Graduate Nurse/Clinical Team Leader  1973  1973
 Bayfront Medical Center; St Petersburg, FL  Hospital Intravenous Therapist  1979  1982
 United States Air Force Nurse Corps  Registered Nurse  1982  1995
 Midwestern State University Dept of Nursing  Adjunct Faculty  1995  1996
 Midwestern State University Nursing  Assistant Professor/Faculty in Family Health nursing I & II courses  1996  1997
 Midwestern State University Nursing Programs  Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Family Health Nursing I & II courses  1997  2002
 Midwestern State University Nursing Programs  Assistant Professor/Classroom & Clinical Faculty for Family Health I & II courses  2002  2004
 Midwestern Ste University Nursing  Assistant Professor/Classroom and Clinical Faculty in Family Health Nursing I & II courses  2004  2007
 Midwestern State University Nursing Programs  Assistant Professor/Faculty of Record for Special Topics Course: Summer Nurse Externship Program  2004  2007
 Midwestern State University Wilson School of Nursing  Assistant Professor/Course Coordinator/Classroom and Faculty of Family Health Nursing Care I Course  2007  Present
 Midwestern State University, Wilson School of Nursing  Assistant Professor of Nursing, Classroom and Clinical Faculty, Accelerated BSN Second Career Progr  June 2013  Present