Dr. Dzifa Dordunoo

Dr. Dzifa  Dordunoo
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Office: HSD B204


Area of expertise

Heart failure, sickle cell and critical care

I earned my bachelor's degree from University of Victoria with distinction and a Master's degree from Duke University with post-master's certificates in clinical research management and teaching. I completed my doctoral education at the University of Maryland Baltimore. I have a broad clinical practice experience working on general medicine and coronary care units as well as outpatient sickle cell and heart failure clinics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. I was formerly on faculty at the Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland. My research interests include metal hypersensitivity, heart failure, sickle cell disease and critical care.

I serve on the following school committees:

  • BSN Curriculum committee
  • PhD Curriculum committee
  • JBI committee

I also serve as academic advisor for graduate students, mentor clinical nurse leaders and doctor of practice students on various clinical issues affecting patient outcomes.


I have a strong research interest in improving access and quality of health services. My program of research leverages dissemination and implementation science with patient-centered lens to address factors that influence quality and safety of care and outcomes. I use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in my research endeavours.



I teach courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs both on campus and online.


  • Nurs 342: Global Health Nursing
  • Nurs 360: Professional Growth IV: Research
  • N370/470: Consolidated nursing practice experience (Cardiac Surgery)
  • N425: Qualitative and Quantitative analysis
  • N475/491: Consolidated nursing practice experiences (Cardiac Surgery)


  • Nurs 525: Disciplinary Research For Advanced Practice Nursing
  • N604B: Research Methodology for Nursing and Health are – Quantitative Research Designs

My formal teaching career began in 2011 as a clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins School of nursing. Over the years I progressed to teaching in a classroom setting at the University Of Maryland School of nursing. My beliefs about teaching and learning are congruent with the humanistic philosophy, which utilizes active learner-centered approaches. As a humanistic educator, I am constantly challenged to recognize the individuality of the learners I encounter and to construct a learning experience that is an amalgamation of their various learning styles. I am most passionate about acute care bedside nursing as result, in all the courses I teach I make every effort to incorporate information that will guide inpatient clinical practice. The ultimate goal is to graduate safe nurses; a process that is overshadowed by some students’ desire for high grades. That withstanding, the human interactions that develop create lasting imprints that guide the students in their future careers as nurses. Often it is only when confronted with clinical situation does it become clear that the goal was achieved.  I am not always a witness to these proud moments, but the testimony of patients and others who cross paths with graduates from our nursing programs confirms the teaching success.



  • Dzifa Dordunoo, Minjeong An *, Min Sun Chu *, Eun Ja Yeun, Yoon, Young Hwang, Miran Kim, Yeonhu Lee. (2021). Practice Environment and Resilience Predict Burnout among Clinical Nurses. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Dordunoo, D., Hass, M., Smith, C., Aviles-Granados, M. L., Weinzierl, M., Anaman-Torgbor, J. A., … Adib, F. (2020). Metal hypersensitivity screening among frontline healthcare workers-A   descriptive  study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15571
  • Dordunoo, D., Anaman-Torgbor, J., Smith, C., Shaik, A., Hass, M., Gordon, C., … Weinzierl, M.(2020). Hypersensitivity in patients receiving metal implants. JBI Evidence Synthesis, Publish Ahead of Print, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.11124/jbies-20-00171 
  • Dordunoo, D. (2020). Race is not pathological but racism is. Revista Baiana de Enfermagem 34.e34990. DOI: 10.18471/rbe.v34.34990
  • Mallidou A, Dordunoo D, Borycki E, Kushniruk A, Sadeghi-Yekta K, Fraser J, Asuri S. (2020). Perspectives and experiences of policy-makers, researchers, health-information technology professionals, and the public on evidence-based health policies: A protocol of the KhITT framework. JMIR Nursing. DOI: 10.2196/16268
  • An, M., Cho, HN, Dordunoo, D., & Hwang, YY (2019). Development and effectiveness of simulation-based convergence training program for nursing students. Journal of Convergence for  Information Technology , 9 (10), 16–27. https://doi.org/10.22156/CS4SMB.2019.9.10.016
  • Anabah, T., Dordunoo, D., Kampo, S., Appiah-Denkyria, E., & Kaba, S. (2017). Anaesthesia services in Ghana – a descriptive study. Scholars Academic Scientific Journal of Medicine, 3:49-54.
  • Njie-Carr, V P.S., Ludeman, E., Lee, MC., Dordunoo, D., Trocky, N.M., & Jenkins, L. (2017). An integrative review of flipped classroom teaching models in nursing education. J Professional Nurs,  33(2):133-144 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.07.001
  • Dordunoo, D., Thomas, S.A., Friedmann, E., Russell, S.D., Newhouse, R., & Akintade, B. (2017). Inpatient unit heart failure discharge volume predicts all-cause 30-day hospital readmission. J  Cardiovasc Nurs doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000331
  • Vaughan,E., Sesay, F., Chima, A., Mehes, M., Lee, B., Dordunoo, D., Sitch, A., de Wildt, G., Kamara, T.B., Leigh,B., Abdullah,F., & Sampson, J.  (2015). An Assessment of Surgical and Anesthesia Staff at 10 Government Hospitals in Sierra Leone. The Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery, 150(3):237-44. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2246
  • Hazzard, B., Johnson, K., Dordunoo, D., Klein, T., Russell, B., & Walkowiak, P. (2013). Work – and Nonwork-related factors associated with PACU nurses’ fatigue. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Volume 28, Number 4 (August), 201-209, DOI: DOI: 10.1016/l.jopan.2021.06.010
  • Petrucci, R.L., Rogers, J. G., Blue, L., Gallagher, C., Russell, S.D., Dordunoo, D., et al. (2012). Neurocognitive function in destination therapy patients receiving continuous-flow vs pulsatile-flow  left assist device support. J Heart Lung Transplant, 31(1):27-36. doi:10.1016j/j.healun.2011.10.012
  • Bennett, MK., Roberts, C., Dordunoo, D., Shah, A., & Russell, S.D. (2010). Ideal methodology to assess systemic blood pressure in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Volume 29, Issue 5, May 2010, Pages 593-594, ISSN 1053-2498, DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2009.11.604.
  • Slaughter MS, Rogers JG, Milano CA, Russell SD, Conte JV, Feldman D, Sun B, Tatooles AJ, Delgado RM 3rd, Long JW, Wozniak TC, Ghumman W, Farrar DJ, Frazier OH, HeartMate II investigators. (2009). Advanced heart failure treated with continuous-flow left ventricular assist device. N Engl J Med. Dec 3;361(23):2241-51. PubMed PMID: 19920051.
  • Petrucci, R. J., Wright, S., Naka, Y., Idrissi, K. A., Russell, S. D., Dordunoo, D.,Jaski, B., Chillcott, S., Feldman, D., Yanssens, T., Heatley, G., Koundakjian, L., Farrar, D. J., & Aaronson, K. D. (2009).  Neurocognitive assessments in advanced heart failure patients receiving continuous-flow left  ventricular assist devices. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 28(6), 542-549.

Books, Chapters, Monographs

  • Dordunoo, D. (2017). Coordinating Care for Patients With Cardiac Disorders. In Hoffman, J. & Sullivan, N. (Eds.), Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice (568-598). Philadelphia, P.A: F. A. Davis

Accepted Abstracts

  • Dordunoo, D., L. Aviles-G, M., Weinzierl, M., Smith, C., Hass., Anaman-Torgbor, J., Shaik, A. Metal hypersensitivity awareness among nurses. Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses: Update Your Cardiovascular Nursing Toolkit 2020 Spring Conference (May 22-23rd 2020, Calgary, AB). Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • L. Aviles-G, M., & Dordunoo, D., “What is the meaning of race among nursing students”. Community Health Nurses of Canada 2020 (May 25-27th 2020, Richmond, BC). Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Weinzierl, M., Dordunoo, D., L. Aviles-G, M., Hass, M., Smith, C., Anaman Torgbor, J., Shaik, A. “Evidence – practice gap: Nursing students’ awareness of metal hypersensitivity. Jamie CasselUndergraduate Research Award – Ideafest (March 4th 2020, Victoria,  BC).
  • Minjeong, An., & Dzifa Dordunoo. “An app-based stroke prevention program for adolescents: usability evaluation”. 2019 the 12th International Nursing Conference – Nursing Impact, “We Care!”(October 24-25, 2019, Seoul, South Korea).
  • Tassia Teles Santana de Macedo, Fernanda Carneiro Mussi, Debra Sheets, Dzifa Dordunoo. “Alcohol consumption among first-semester undergraduate nursing students” Human Caring Canada 2019, Victoria, BC (September 30 – October 1, 2019).
  • Dordunoo, D; Hanna T & Pullinger, M. “Metal hypersensitivity screening in inpatient cardiac care settings” Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses: Update Your Cardiovascular Nursing Toolkit 2019 Spring Conference (May 24-25th 2019, Winnipeg, MB).
  • Dordunoo, D. “Implementing metal hypersensitivity screening into acute care setting”. Knowledge Translational Canada - Summer Institute (June 27-28, 2018; Toronto, ON).
  • Almansa, J., Dordunoo, D., & Judge, D.Lack of prognostic significance using biomarkers in AL cardiac amyloid” Global Cardio-Oncology Summit (October 15-16, 2015; Nashville, TN).
  • Dordunoo, D., Beck, T., Conte, J., Shah, A., Mudd, J.O., Bubb, T., Meyer, P., Ullrich, S., Gilson, M.,  & Russell, S.R. "Bridge to Weight Loss: Myth or Reality" 14th Annual Scientific meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (September 12-15, 2010, San Diego, CA). 

Opinion editorials/commentaries


  1. The lived experiences of metal hypersensitivity
  2. Frequency of vital sign monitoring
  3. Supporting anti-racist learning of nursing students