Nursing Faculty

    Alice Arden

    Instructor, Division of Nursing

    Phone: (845) 848-6060

    M.A., New York University
    B.S., University of Scranton
    ANP-BC, Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
    ACNP-BC, Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

    Professor Arden started teaching at Dominican College as an adjunct nursing instructor in the fall of 2013. She joined the nursing faculty as a full time instructor in August of 2016. Professor Arden has many years of nursing experience; working both in medical surgical nursing, critical care, and most recently as an adult nurse practitioner in cardiology. She currently practices as an NP at a local acute care facility on the cardiology service. Professor Arden is certified as an adult nurse practitioner as well as an acute care nurse practitioner, recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also a certified basic cardiac life support (BCLS) instructor and an advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) provider by the American Heart Association.

    NR 450 Adult Health Nursing II (lecturer and clinical instructor)
    NR 465 Nursing Leadership and Management (lecturer)
    NR 223 (clinical instructor)
    NR 224 (clinical instructor)

    Professional Interests:
    Professor Arden has been active with the New York City Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, (ACC) working on their annual Cardiovascular Team Symposium. She is a current member of the ACC as a Cardiac Care Associate (CCA). Professor Arden is interested in the diagnosis, management and prevention of coronary artery disease.

        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

                Assistant Professor Division of Nursing, Coordinator, Traditional Nursing Program

                Phone: (845) 848-6043

                A.S.N., Rockland Community College
                B.S.N, Dominican College
                M.S.N.ed, University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ)/Ramapo College
                Ed.D., Northeastern University, Boston

                Dr. DeLorenzo coordinates the weekday Traditional Nursing program. She has over 40 years experience as a Registered Professional Nurse, and 10 + years as a nurse educator. Dr. DeLorenzo has taught in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Dominican College.

                Current Courses:
                NR345 Family Health Nursing
                NR353 Nursing Research
                NR465 Nursing Leadership & Management

                Professional Interests:
                Dr. DeLorenzo most recently completed her doctoral dissertation on faculty classroom experiences related to NCLEX-RN success. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. DeLorenzo is involved at the community level and continues her interests in NCLEX-RN success.

                See Dr. DeLorenzo’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.

                            Catherine O’Sullivan

                            Instructor, Division of Nursing

                            Phone: (845) 848-6022

                            B.S.N., Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY
                            M.S.N., Adult Nurse Practitioner, College of Mount Saint Vincent

                            Professor O’Sullivan has been with Dominican College since 2015. She started as an adjunct clinical instructor and is now a full time faculty member. She has over 25 years of clinical nursing experience in the areas of medical- surgical nursing and critical care. She is certified in Medical- Surgical Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

                            NR 340 Adult Nursing I (clinical instructor)
                            NR 345 Family Health Nursing (lecturer)
                            NR 450 Adult Nursing II (lecturer & clinical instructor)
                            NR 463 Community Health Nursing (clinical instructor)
                            NR 465 Nursing Leadership & Management (clinical instructor)

                            Professional Interests:
                            Professor O’Sullivan is interested in acute care of adult clients with a focus on cardiology. Her goal is to prepare nursing students to be successful in today’s dynamic health care environment.

                                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.