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Elizabeth Zink, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.

Elizabeth Zink

Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neuroscience Critical Care Unit

Appointment Phone: 410-502-5726

Primary Location:
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Neuroscience Critical Care Unit
Zayed 3 West, Suite 3074
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Expertise: Neurocritical Care

Bio: Elizabeth “Betsy” Zink is a clinical nurse specialist in the neurosciences care unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Zink has worked as a staff nurse, nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in the areas of neurosciences and stroke, managing clinical care, research and education at the patient, staff and systems levels. She has a track record of leadership in quality improvement efforts, organizing interprofessional teams and translating evidence into nursing practice.

Dr. Zink has published in the areas of neurocritical care nursing, stroke and mobility in neurocritical care. Her research interests focus on applying biomarker measurement of early rehabilitation interventions in neurocritical care and stroke, exploring the effects of team performance on stroke patient outcomes and the use of high-frequency physiologic data to guide patient-centered, precision medicine-targeted therapy in neurocritical care and stroke, and in the care of patients with COVID-19.


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Ph.D.

  • University of Maryland School of Nursing, M.S.N.

  • Towson University School of Nursing, B.S.N.

Clinical Practice Interests:

  • Orientation of new graduates into critical care
  • New technology implementation in Neuro Critical Care
  • Care of patients with cerebrovascular disease

Other Professional Interests:

  • National certifications in Critical Care and Neuroscience Nursing
  • Green Belt in Lean Sigma Methodology
  • Publications: Head injury, Severe traumatic brain injury and management of adult patient, Recognizing and intervening in pituitary apoplexy for the advanced practice nurse

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