Nursing Faculty

    Nancy DiDona

    Professor, Division of Nursing and Director, Division of Nursing

    Phone: (845) 848-6051

    RNC-MNN, Certified Maternal/Newborn Nurse
    B.S.N., Pace University
    M.S.N., C.N.S., College of New Rochelle
    Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University
    Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

    Dr. DiDona has over 40 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse and 27 years as a nurse educator.  She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses, and has been the Division Director since 2010.  Dr. DiDona is certified by NCC as a Maternal/Newborn Nurse, and presently teaches Family Health Nursing and Nursing Mathematics.  She is the author of three textbooks and has completed writing the second edition of her Strategies and Skills for Test Taking as an online book.  Dr. DiDona has given presentations on topics such as “How to Navigate an IRB” and “The Future of Nursing Education.”

    Nursing Mathematics
    NR 345 Family Health Nursing

    Professional Interests:
    Dr. DiDona’s professional interests include NCLEX preparation and success, curriculum advancement, and policy and procedure development.

    See Dr. DiDona’s Publications & Presentations

        Barbara B. DeSimone

        Professor, Division of Nursing and Coordinator, Weekday ABSN Option

        Phone: (845) 848-6028

        C., Certified, Medical-Surgical Nursing, American Nurses Association
        B.S.N., Georgetown University
        M.A., New York University
        M.Ed., Columbia University, Teacher’s College
        Ed.D., Columbia University, Teacher’s College

        Dr. DeSimone coordinates the weekday accelerated (ABSN) Option, assists in the design of the undergraduate nursing curriculum, and documents undergraduate nursing students’ learning outcomes. She is certified in medical surgical nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  She teaches medical-surgical nursing in the ABSN and Traditional Nursing options, and fundamentals of nursing and the capstone nursing seminar in the ABSN Option. As a professor of nursing, her mission is to generate passion and self-confidence throughout the teaching-learning process.

        NR 223 Introduction to Professional Nursing I
        NR 340 Adult Nursing I
        NR 467 Nursing Seminar

        Professional Interests:
        Dr. DeSimone is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Upsilon Chapter (New York University), the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (Columbia University), the American Nurses Association, and the New Jersey State Nurses Association. Dr. DeSimone received the Excellence in Practice Award 2014 at the Rockland County, NY Nurse Recognition Day on May 8, 2014.

        See Dr. DeSimone’s Publications, Editorial Work, & Presentations

            Margaret DeLorenzo

            Instructor of Nursing

            Phone: (845) 848-6043

            BSN, Dominican College
            MSN, University of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing

                Lori Henderson

                Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing

                Phone: (845) 848-6023

                B.S.N., University of Texas-El Paso
                NNP, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Graduate Certificate, Columbia University
                M.S.N., Columbia University

                Professor Henderson has experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager, nursing supervisor, and nurse practitioner in maternal-child nursing with a specialization in neonatal nursing. She is certified as a NAACOG Low-Risk Neonatal Nurse and is an American Heart Association BLS Provider. Professor Henderson holds an Advanced-Practitioner Certification in Holistic Nursing and was awarded by Nyack Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics for dedicated service on behalf of premature and sick infants (1987 – 1996).

                NR      Introduction to Professional Nursing-II
                NR      Maternal-Child Nursing
                NR      Leadership and Management

                Professional Interests:
                Professor Henderson is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association, New York Chapter and a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hudson Valley.

                See Professor Henderson’s Publications

                    AnneMarie McDermott

                    Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing and Coordinator, Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program

                    Phone: (845) 848-6059

                    A.S.N., Nassau Community College
                    B.S.N., Pace University
                    FNP-BC, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
                    M.S.N., Pace University
                    D.N.P., Pace University

                    Dr. McDermott is a full-time faculty member and has been with Dominican College since 2007. She has over 25 years of experience and expertise in the fields of critical care, emergency medicine, and family medicine in a variety of clinical settings. She is a certified critical care nurse (CCRN) as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. Dr. McDermott currently practices as family nurse practitioner in both acute care and outpatient patient settings.

                    NR 229 Pharmacologic Agents
                    NR 235 Principles of Health Assessment
                    NR 465 Nursing Leadership/Management
                    NR 640, NR 660, NR 680 Clinical Site Evaluator

                    Professional Interests:
                    Dr. McDermott utilizes a family-centered approach to her patient care in the acute and primary care settings. She is also knowledgeable in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use requirements and medical home initiatives.

                        Nelly Vega-Woo

                        Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing and Coordinator, Nursing Skills and Simulation Lab

                        Phone: (845) 848-6021

                        B.S.N., College of Mount Saint Vincent
                        FNP, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
                        M.S., State University of New York Downstate
                        D.N.P., University of Massachusetts Amherst

                        Dr. Vega-Woo is a full-time faculty member in the Division of Nursing.  Her areas of expertise include critical care and family practice. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2014 after presenting her thesis “Radiation Overexposure from Computed Tomography of the Brain.” She has over 13 years critical care nursing experience, 7 of which have been in the acute care inpatient setting as a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She began teaching at Dominican College in 2013, at which time she became Coordinator of the Nursing Skills and Simulation lab.  Soon after her start, she was awarded a significant grant that allowed her to purchase many enhancements for the lab, bringing the teaching and learning process to the 21st century.  Under the direction of Dr. Vega-Woo, the Skills and Simulation lab affords an innovative learning environment for students to transition into professional practice.

                        NR     Fundamentals of Introduction to Professional Nursing I
                        NR     Fundamentals of Introduction to Professional Nursing II
                        NR     Parent Child Nursing, Adult Nursing I
                        NR     Parent Child Nursing, Adult Nursing II

                        Professional Interests:
                        Dr. Vega-Woo chairs the Nursing Faculty Affairs Committee which organizes the annual Rockland County Nurse Recognition Day.  She is also Vice President of the Dominican College Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Omega Chapter that honors nursing student scholars.  She maintains up to date on all current healthcare issues and continues to meet required certification standards of practice as a nurse practitioner.


                            Lorraine Vitale

                            Instructor, Division of Nursing

                            Phone: (845) 848-6019

                            M.S., Mercy College
                            A.A.S., Cochran School of Nursing
                            B.S., (Health Management) Mercy College
                            B.S., (Gerontology) Mercy College
                            A.S., Westchester Community College

                            Professor Vitale has numerous years experience and expertise in medical-surgical and maternal child nursing. She also possesses experience in the field of geriatric recreation. Professor Vitale’s teaching experience includes educating licensed practical nurse students at BOCES as well as registered nurse students at local colleges.

                            NR 223 Introduction to Nursing
                            NR 330 Maternal Child Health
                            NR 101 Transition to Professional Nursing
                            FS 111 Freshman Seminar

                            Professional Interests:
                            Professor Vitale is interested in the health and psychosocial wellness of the older adult and the management of acute and chronic problems seen in the elderly. She plans to pursue an advanced practice role concentrating on the geriatric population.

                            Professor Vitale strives to increase the success of nursing students by providing them with the skills and foundation needed to succeed professionally.


                                Lynne Weissman

                                Assistant Professor and Coordinator Master of Science FNP and DNP Programs

                                Phone: (845) 848-6026

                                Diploma, Englewood Hospital School of Nursing
                                B.S.N., Dominican College
                                P.N.P.- C., Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses
                                M.S., Columbia University
                                F.N.P.-BC, Dominican College, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
                                D.N.P., Columbia University

                                Dr. Weissman is a full-time faculty member at Dominican College in the Division of Nursing. She has been teaching at Dominican since 1997. She has been in nursing for over 40 years working in pediatric primary care. She also works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a primary care office in Rockland County. She has been involved with United Hospice of Rockland and sits on the Health Advisory Board for Head Start of Rockland. Her focus is on ensuring the health of children and their families both physically and psychologically.

                                NR 235 Health Assessment
                                NR 640 Advanced Practice I: Focus on Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
                                NR 345 Family Health Nursing
                                NR 700 Integrated Advanced Practice
                                NR 860 Introduction to Residency/Capstone
                                NR 890 Capstone I
                                NR 900 Residency I
                                NR 910 Capstone II
                                NR 920 Residency II

                                Professional Interests:
                                Dr. Weissman’s professional interests include primary care of mental health and obesity in children from birth to 21 years as well as cultural competency across the lifespan.

                                See Dr. Weissman’s Publications, Editorial work, and Presentations

                                    Vita Wolinsky

                                    Assistant Professor of Nursing

                                    Phone: (845) 848-6056

                                    B.S., Cornell University
                                    B.S.N., New York University
                                    M.A., New York University
                                    Added Doctoral Study, Fordham University
                                    APRN-BC Clinical Specialist, Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, American Nurses Association. Credentialing Center.