Graduate Nursing Faculty

    AnneMarie McDermott

    Assistant Professor and Director Master of Science FNP and DNP Programs

      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 University 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.

      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.

        Barbara Polowczyk

        Instructor, Division of Nursing, Coordinator WABSN and Evening Traditional Program


          AAS: Pace University
          BSN: Pace University
          MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist: Pace University
          Certificate Advanced Graduation Study: Family Nurse Practitioner: Pace University
          DNP at Dominican University

          Professor Polowczyk‘s forty-year nursing career includes working in various roles in acute care hospitals, staff nurse, head nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and Dominican University. Barbara was the RN-BSN coordinator from 2015-2023 and currently, she is the coordinator of Dominican University’s WABSN and Evening Traditional programs.

          Professional Interests:
          Barbara is interested in promoting service excellence by providing her patients with the highest quality of care.

            Lynne Weissman

            Assistant Professor

              Phone: (845) 848-6026

              Diploma, Englewood Hospital School of Nursing
              B.S.N., Dominican University
              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 University, 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 University 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.  She is certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

              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
              D’amico , D. & Barbarito, C. (2007) Health & physical assessment. City: Prentice Hall. [Review of pediatric content.]

              Weissman, L. (2010). Adolescent Female with Secondary Amenorrhea. In J. Smolowitz, J. Honig, C. Reinisch (Eds.) Writing DNP Clinical Case Narratives. Demonstrating and Evaluating Competency in Comprehensive Care. (pp. 139-159). New York: Springer.

              Weissman, L. (2009). Communication is the goal: Helping parents of deaf children. Advance for Nurse Practitioners.

              Weissman. L. (2015) Your Child’s Healthy Weight. Presented at NSCIC Early Head Start Health Advisory Committee.

              Weissman, L. ( 2008). Immunizations and Vaccines in 2008: What’s the latest? Presented at The Second Annual Advanced Practice Nurse Conference sponsored by Hackensack MedicalCenter.

              Weissman, L. (2006). Helping Your Child Lose Weight. Presented in conjunction with Department of Nutrition Monsey Health Center.

              Weissman, L. (2005). Eat Right and Stay Fit: Finding your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle. Presented in conjunction with Department of Nutrition Monsey Health Center.

              Weissman, L. (2003). The Provision of Culturally Competent Care. Presented to the staff of United Hospice of Rockland.

                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., 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 University in the graduate nursing programs.

                  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 University Academic Technology Committee.

                  See Professor Patty Furlong’s Publications
                  Banbury, M., Cosgrove, D., Frater, RWM, Furlong, P., Blackstone, E., et al. Long Term Durability of the Carpentier BEdwards Pericardial Bioprosthesis in the Aortic Position: 17 Year Clinical Results. 10th World Congress, International Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Aug 2000

                  Frater, RVM., Furlong, P,  Cosgrove, D. et al. (1998). Long Term Durability and Patient Functional Status of the Carpentier BEdwards Perimont Pericardial Bioprosthesis in the Aortic Position. Journal of Heart Valve Disease; 7:48-52.

                  McCusker, K., Vijay, V., DeBois, K., Zias, E. Furlong, P., et al. Mast system versus low prime bypass: comparative analysis of prime volume.  Hemodilution and Transfusion Parameters. 8th European Congress on Extra Corporeal Technology, Killarney, Ireland, June 6-9, 1997.

                  Vijay, V., McKusker, K., Sarabu, M., Zias, E, Furlong, P., et al: Preoperative clopidogrel does not adversely affect post-cardiac surgery mortality and morbidity outcomes. Poster Presentation.  Outcomes Conference, Key West, FL, May 21-25, 2003 and Heart Surgery Forum, Aug 2003.

                  Vijay, V., Bocker, J., Furlong, P., Frymus, M., et al. (2001) Short term outcomes of Cardiac Surgery in the HIV positive patient. 67th Annual Meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2001 (Abstract of Distinction Award).  Chest 120 (4) Sup., 206S.

                  Zias, E., Furlong, P., Panopoulos, J., et al.  Normthermic cardiopulmonary bypass in patients 80 years and older.   Abstract. 16th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium, San Diego, CA, February 29 – March 2, 1996.

                    Patricia Kivlehan

                    Clinical Coordinator, MS-FNP Program


                      Diploma RN Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing
                      BSN Hunter College School of Health Sciences
                      FNP – BC, Dominican University
                      MS, Dominican University

                      Professor Kivlehan coordinates clinical placements in the MS-FNP program and teaches graduate nursing courses. She has over 25 years of professional experience as a staff nurse and certified family nurse practitioner. She has assumed various nursing leadership roles throughout her career, the majority of which was spent in an urban Level I trauma and burn center. Her clinical expertise is in Emergency Medicine. She is able to care for acutely ill and injured patients across the lifespan. She currently practices as an advanced provider in Emergency Medicine.