Elizabeth Binsfield BA, RN

Richmond, Virginia based Freelance Healthcare Writer and Editor 


I've been a Registered Nurse for over twenty-five years, with experience in medical-surgical acute care, hospice (inpatient and home-based), geriatrics and cognitive impairment, home care, and wound care. Additionally, I have worked in case management, disease management, public health, and transplantation.

I've been writing since I was very young. I am fortunate to blend my two passions by writing, editing, and creating content related to health and wellness.

Nurses are trained to educate and advocate for our patients. Thanks to my training and experience, I'm particularly adept at digesting complex information into easily accessible language for any audience. 

My voice is affable and approachable, yet professional. I'm fanatical about avoiding bloated, wordy prose - I'm all about plain English!

Contact me to discuss how I can help you with focused, SEO-ready content, blog post, and web copy needs!


How to Create a Collaborative Practice Agreement | Berxi™

How to Create a Collaborative Practice Agreement With a Physician Starting your own practice as a nurse practitioner is a thrilling, monumental life event. It’s entrepreneurial and puts you in the front seat of patient care. However, if you practice as an NP in one of the 28 states that don’t confer full autonomy to NPs, you’ll need to create a collaborative practice agreement (CPA) with a physician to practice to the full extent of your license. A well-structured CPA can make the business side

Home Health: Basic Tips for a Safe, Successful Practice

Nurses caring for patients in a facility have the advantage of a controlled environment, predictable routines, and a team of clinicians working with them. Home health nurses working solo encounter far less predictable circumstances, including varied environments, situations, or schedules. Here are some tips to ensure success as a home health nurse in your community. Top off the Fuel and Kick the Tires Whether you drive your personal or company vehicle, keep the car well-maintained and fueled.

5 Methods for Improving Your Day When Caring for Difficult Patients

On most days nursing is extremely rewarding. At the end of our shift, we feel we’ve done a good job caring for the needs of grateful patients. But occasionally, we encounter patients who test our patience and make it challenging to effectively care for them. So how can we improve the situation when caring for difficult patients? No one is at their best when they’re in the hospital, a rehab center, or receiving medical care at home. They may have pain or nausea, or maybe they are still strugglin

Why You Should Always Carry Nurse Liability Coverage

Nursing is consistently voted the most trusted of all professions. One that involves providing medical and personal care for individuals at their most vulnerable. So, why should nurses consider carrying nursing liability insurance to protect themselves from litigation? Because we live in an increasingly litigious society. Nurses are human, and, unfortunately, they can make mistakes. Having your own policy does not increase your chances of being brought into litigation. Whether or not you—as a n

6 Ways to Recover After a Rough Shift

Most people in the medical profession agree that a nursing career can often be stressful; it comes with the territory of caring for those who are ill and injured. And on an average day, well-trained nurses are more than capable of managing the day to day stressors that their profession brings. But there are also those occasional shifts that bring nurses to their knees, putting them in need of restorative tactics. Here are some solutions for bringing a nurse back from the brink after a rough shif

Communicating Effectively with Patients | American Mobile

Learning how to improve communication skills will make you a better nurse by enabling you to better understand your patient’s needs. Communicating effectively with your patients will make accomplishing your daily nursing tasks much simpler by minimizing the barriers to mutual understanding. GET AWAY from it all with a travel nursing job in your choice destination. Considering your patient’s perspective is key to preventing encounters that resemble any kind of conflict, and sometimes the best w

A Day in the Life of a Gastroenterology Nurse

Gastroenterology nurses use their skills and experience specifically in the areas related to gastrointestinal issues. They address the care for any illness, condition, or dysfunction occurring anywhere in the digestive tract; the body’s system which takes in, processes for absorption, and eliminates the food we consume for the nutrition of our bodies. But they also do so much more on a daily basis so make sure you are prepared if you’re considering transitioning into this specialty. One of t

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing—What You Need to Know

Working in gerontological nursing can be immensely rewarding, but in order to be successful, it’s critical to familiarize yourself with the characteristics unique to this age group. Here are some key areas to focus on if you are pursuing a career in adult-gerontology acute care nursing. Generations previous to our own often have different sociocultural norms. Being mindful of this will facilitate their care. They may be uncomfortable being addressed by their first name, or they may be very pr

What to Know if You're Interested in a Career in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing

It’s no secret that our elderly are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, fueled largely by aging Boomers. So it’s simple to deduce that nursing careers in adult-gerontology can offer many opportunities for growth and nursing leadership. However, working effectively with this demographic requires specific skills for success. Nursing competencies should include a BSN and a minimum requirement of a firm base of experience in general medical-surgical nursing to care effectively for

10 Things Nurses Need to Know about the Measles Outbreak

From New Years’ Day 2019 through April 11th, the United States has reported 555 cases of measles in 20 states—the second largest measles outbreak reported since the disease was eliminated in 2000. Keep reading to learn the 10 things nurses need to know about the measles outbreak: 1. Measles is brought into the U.S. by travelers who’ve been in foreign countries where the disease is prevalent—countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. It is then spread in U.S. communities via contact wit

Home Health Nursing: A Change of Scenery Can Do Some Good

Longing for flexible schedules? An opportunity to spend time with patients? Many nurses have achieved these goals in their nursing career by making the move to home health nursing. Rather than juggling the care of several patients simultaneously, these nurses can see each patient one at a time, without the usual distractions that hamper the ability to care for patients in hospitals or other facilities. Although patients are also seen by other health professionals when under medical care, nursin

What Is Utilization Review?

Nurses working in busy clinical arenas often hear about nurses who have left the floor to work in administrative departments. Such nurses may be encountered when they come requesting an update regarding a patient’s condition. However, most clinicians are far too preoccupied with their own responsibilities to learn what those nurses actually do or where they fit in their patient’s care continuum. Utilization review is one of the least understood but incredibly essential departments in managing t

Urgent Care Clinics: Bringing Nursing to the Community

Of the many options for primary health care, urgent care fills a niche for both patient convenience and the rerouting of care needs. Between the packed appointment schedules of primary care physicians and the long waits at the emergency department, urgent care has recently emerged as one of the fastest growing segments in health care. This has created more options for nurses seeking alternatives to traditional clinical roles. What to Expect from Urgent Care Urgent care clinics offer walk-in

Going Corporate: Becoming a Clinical Consultant or Educator for Medical Device Companies

Nursing careers can take us to creative places beyond the bedside, ED, or OR. For instance, certain specialties lend themselves to medical device and pharmaceutical corporations to serve as clinical support consultants and sales representatives. Particularly, these include critical care, cardiology, emergency care, wound care, and diabetes education. Nurses are well-versed in basic science and human pathology and have first-hand experience with many of the products themselves, enabling them to

Could Dialysis Nursing Be in Your Future?

About 650,000 Americans are currently affected by End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), and this number is increasing by 5% annually. The primary causes of kidney failure leading to ESRD are poorly managed diabetes and high blood pressure, the treatment options for which are limited to kidney transplant and dialysis. Unfortunately, there are currently more than 93,000 potential recipients on the kidney transplant waiting list and 80% of those individuals are on kidney dialysis while they wait. The sp

The Unexpected Challenges in Labor and Delivery Nursing

Many student nurses become enamored with Labor and Delivery nursing and the infectious joy surrounding most births. This specialty, however, is not without its challenges to effective care. It requires nurses to remain vigilant and current on the advances in obstetrical care while working with pregnant patients from all walks of life. Many expectant women and young girls arrive unprepared for childbirth, having foregone prenatal instruction or obtained their childbirth education from the intern

Considering a Career in Forensic Nursing?

Forensic nursing involves working with the aftermath of violent situations. Violence is both a health care and a legal issue, so this places forensic nurses in a unique leadership position to connect health care, science, and the legal system. Forensic nurses partner with law enforcement and other agencies to investigate and resolve events such as domestic violence, sexual crimes, child and elder abuse, homicide, and suicide. What Education and Certifications are Required? Registered nurses wi

Nursing Leadership in Wound Care

Do you love patient care but long for some autonomy in your nursing practice? Perhaps a leadership position in wound care nursing is the answer. Wounds are often the domain of one or more wound care nurses, as they are especially problematic for nursing departments, particularly those acquired during a hospital or facility stay. A wound care coordinator supervises these nurses, providing organizational leadership and management. Wound care nurses focus solely on prevention and healing. The coor
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