Richard Dorritie


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Richard Dorritie


Clinical Assistant Professor

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Prof. Dorritie’s research interests are the intersection of poverty and racism with the quality and safety of surgical care. His professional activities are focused on developing and advancing nurses as leaders as a member of the NYS Nurses on Boards Coalition, as well as serving at the local, state, and national levels of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Before joining the faculty at NYU, Prof. Dorritie was an associate professor at Helene Fuld College of Nursing and completed a teaching fellowship at Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Prof. Dorritie also has worked as a clinical nurse in the emergency, transplant, and operating room settings.


PhD, Columbia University School of Nursing
M. Phil, Columbia University School of Nursing
B.S., Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing
A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Eastern Nursing Research Society
New York Academy of Medicine
Sigma Theta Tau International
American Nurses Association


Opioid use and misuse in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer: a systematic review of the literature

Beauchemin, M., Dorritie, R., & Hershman, D. L. (2021). Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(8), 4521-4527. 10.1007/s00520-020-05980-2
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are at increased risk for negative opioid-related outcomes, including misuse and overdose. High-quality cancer care requires adequate pain management and often includes opioids for tumor- and/or treatment-related pain. Little is known about opioid use and misuse in children and AYAs with cancer, and we therefore conducted a systematic review of the literature using PRISMA guidelines to identify all relevant studies that evaluated opioid use and/or misuse among this population. Eleven studies were identified that met our inclusion criteria. The range of opioid use among the studies was 12–97%, and among the five studies that reported opioid misuse or aberrant behaviors, 7–90% of patients met criteria. Few studies reported factors associated with opioid misuse but included prior mental health and/or substance use disorders, and prior opioid use. In summary, opioid use is highly variable among children and AYAs with cancer; however, the range of use varies widely depending on the study population, such as survivors or end-of-life cancer patients. Few studies have examined opioid misuse and/or aberrant behaviors, and future research is needed to better understand opioid use and misuse among children and AYAs with cancer, specifically those who will be cured of their cancer and may subsequently experience adverse opioid-related outcomes.

Leading for change: Nurses on boards

Dorritie, R., Fiore-Lopez, N., & Sonenberg, A. (2020). Nursing Management, 51(3), 14-20. 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000654844.72394.8f

Support of nursing homes in infection management varies by US State Departments of Health

Dorritie, R., Quigley, D. D., Agarwal, M., Tark, A., Dick, A., & Stone, P. W. (2020). Journal of Hospital Infection, 105(2), 258-264. 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.02.007
Background: In many countries, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are problematic in long-term aged care living facilities. In the United States (US), HAIs occur frequently in nursing homes (NHs). Identifying effective practices for state Departments of Health (DOHs) to help NHs improve infection prevention and control and reduce HAIs is necessary. Aim: As a first step, the objective was to systematically examine and catalogue the variations in state intentions and activities related to HAI prevention in NHs. Methods: An environmental scan of state DOH websites, HAI plans, and HAI state infographics was conducted. Data were collected on 16 items across three domains: (1) intentions to reduce HAIs in NHs, (2) actions to reduce HAIs in NHs, and (3) website usability. Findings: State infection control support for NHs varied widely. Most states (92%) mentioned NHs in their HAI plans and 76% included NHs in their infographic. Half has an HAI prevention advisory council, while one-third had a state HAI prevention collaborative. Only 57% of HAI plans that mentioned NHs included training materials on HAI reduction. The most common training available was on antibiotic stewardship. Conclusion: Many US states have room for improvement in the support they provide NHs regarding infection prevention and control. Specific areas of improvement include: (1) increased provision of training materials on HAI reduction, (2) focusing training materials on common HAIs, and (3) NH engagement in collaboratives aimed at HAI reduction. More research is needed linking DOH activities to resident outcomes.

The expansion of National Healthcare Safety Network enrollment and reporting in nursing homes: Lessons learned from a national qualitative study

Stone, P. W., Chastain, A. M., Dorritie, R., Tark, A., Dick, A. W., Bell, J. M., Stone, N. D., Quigley, D. D., & Sorbero, M. E. (2019). American Journal of Infection Control, 47(6), 615-622. 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.02.005
Background: This study explored nursing home (NH) personnel perceptions of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Methods: NHs were purposively sampled based on NHSN enrollment and reporting status, and other facility characteristics. We recruited NH personnel knowledgeable about the facility's decision-making processes and infection prevention program. Interviews were conducted over-the-phone and audio-recorded; transcripts were analyzed using conventional content analysis. Results: We enrolled 14 NHs across the United States and interviewed 42 personnel. Six themes emerged: Benefits of NHSN, External Support and Motivation, Need for a Champion, Barriers, Risk Adjustment, and Data Integrity. We did not find substantive differences in perceptions of NHSN value related to participants' professional roles or enrollment category. Some participants from newly enrolled NHs felt well supported through the NHSN enrollment process, while participants from earlier enrolled NHs perceived the process to be burdensome. Among participants from non-enrolled NHs, as well as some from enrolled NHs, there was a lack of knowledge of NHSN. Conclusions: This qualitative study helps fill a gap in our understanding of barriers and facilitators to NHSN enrollment and reporting in NHs. Improved understanding of factors influencing decision-making processes to enroll in and maintain reporting to NHSN is an important first step towards strengthening infection surveillance in NHs.

Digital imaging of extended criteria donor livers to facilitate placement and utilization.

Guarrera, J. V., Samstein, B., Goldstein, M. J., Arrington, B., Dorritie, R., Lapointe-Rudow, D., Renz, J. F., & Emond, J. C. (2010). Progress in Transplantation, 20(1), 14-17. 10.7182/prtr.20.1.d1qv6734j850w704
The disparity between organ supply and demand has necessitated more aggressive use of livers from extended criteria donors. Organ sharing between donor service areas and transplant centers in other regions is common. Confidence in the graft quality is greatly improved with a digital image taken in conjunction with the recovery surgeon's report and biopsy data. Three cases in which digital images of various levels of quality allowed the recipient's surgery to proceed, minimized the cold ischemia time, and yielded excellent outcomes are described. Another case in which a picture was not available and the liver was discarded after importation is also presented for comparison.