Nursing Faculty

    Emily Callanan

    Coordinator, ACCEL RN-BSN Program

    Phone:  (845) 848-6032

        Maureen C. Creegan

        Professor, Division of Nursing

        Phone: (845) 848-6027

        Diploma, Bellevue School of Nursing
        B.S.N., Dominican College
        M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
        Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University
        Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

        Dr. Creegan has over 40 years of experience as a staff nurse, supervisor, administrator and nurse educator in a variety of settings and positions. Dr. Creegan directed the nursing division at Dominican College for 19 years during which time RN-BSN ACCEL, ABSN, WABSN, and MS-FNP programs were developed, registered and initially accredited. As a leader in nursing education and administration, her expertise includes curriculum development, public health, policy creation and executive development.

        Fellow Academy of Nursing Education
        Fellow New York Academy of Medicine
        Distinguished Alumna Bellevue School of Nursing
        Distinguished Alumna Dominican College
        Nursing Education Achievement Award, Teachers College, Columbia University

        NR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
        NR 600 Research Praxis I
        NR 610 Research Praxis II
        NR 700 Integrated Experience (Capstone)
        NR 770 Curriculum Design
        NR 353 Nursing Research

        Professional Interests:
        Dr. Creegan is interested in nursing research involving quality and safety issues, health care reform initiatives, and nursing workforce advancement. Dr. Creegan holds appointments on a number of hospital boards and health care agencies in Rockland County.

        See Dr. Creegan’s Recent Publications and Editorial Work

            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 435 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
                Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University
                Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

                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 for the accelerated and traditional undergraduate nursing students, as well as fundamentals of nursing and the capstone nursing seminar for the accelerated nursing students. As a professor of nursing, her mission is to generate passion and self-confidence throughout the teaching-learning process. Dr. DeSimone was a recipient of the Excellence in Practice Award 2014 at the Rockland County, NY Nurse Recognition Day on May 8, 2014.

                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.

                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

                        Patty Furlong

                        Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing

                        Phone: (845) 848-6013

                        B.S.N., College of Mount Saint Vincent
                        M.A., Nursing Administration/Education, New York University
                        Post Master’s Certificate, Health Care Administration, New York University
                        Post Master’s Certificate, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, New York University
                        D.N.P.(c), Fairleigh Dickinson University

                        Professor Furlong is board-certified as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  Her clinical experience includes working in critical care settings (MICU, SICU, CTICU, and CCU) and in peri-operative services (Operating Room, PACU, and Ambulatory Care).  She has worked in various positions at major medical centers throughout the New York area; as a staff nurse at New York University Medical Center, Nurse Educator at Sound Shore Medical Center, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Montefiore Medical Center (Einstein Division), and Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Westchester Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center.  Professor Furlong’s teaching experience includes adjunct at New York University for their accelerated program in nursing, Nurse Educator for Sound Shore Medical Center. She is currently delighted to be teaching at Dominican College in the Accelerated Program of Nursing.

                        NR 345 Family Health Nursing
                        NR 353 Nursing Research
                        NR 450 Medical Surgical Nursing
                        NR 580 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
                        NR 560 Role Differentiation in Advanced Practice Nursing
                        NR 840 Clinical Genomics
                        NR 870 Global Health and Social Justice

                        Professional Interests:
                        Professor Furlong is the current President of Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Omega Chapter At Large – the National Honor Society for Nursing.  She also serves as a member of the Dominican College Academic Technology Committee.

                        See Professor Patty Furlong’s Publications

                            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 of Nursing

                                            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
                                            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

                                            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.