Krystyna Barnard
July 14, 2020

Jeneth Aquino, MSN, APRN, Associate in Radiology and Radiological Sciences, has been named Nurse Practitioner (NP) Team Leader for Interventional Radiology (IR) and Computed Tomography (CT)/Ultrasound (US) Procedural Radiology.

As a clinical team leader, Aquino will serve as a clinician resource, support and mentor for colleagues in the IR service line. She will work closely with clinicians to assess and revise patient and clinical workflows in alignment with the department and Medical Center missions to provide effective and efficient care.

“Our vision as an NP service line in radiology is to practice to the top level of our profession and serve the needs of the radiology department,” said Aquino. “I am excited to support the department and my fellow NPs in this new role, and I look forward to growing professionally as a leader.”

"We are very excited that Jeneth accepted the role of NP Team Leader for our IR and CT/US Procedural Radiology,” added Filip Banovac, MD, FSIR, Associate Professor of Radiology and IR Section Chief. “She has exhibited excellent leadership and ability to organize our practices over last few years. She will continue to lead our NP team in expanding services to our patients."

Aquino will also represent the voice of fellow NPs in department meetings, assist in decision-making regarding policy development, and provide mentorship to fellow IR nurses.

“IR attendings, nurses, technologists and clinical support staff have contributed to my growth throughout the years,” said Aquino. “I am privileged to now be able to serve in a leadership position that allows me to mentor and nurture fellow NPs strengths and abilities that will enable us to maintain – and exceed – performance for our team.”

Aquino came to Vanderbilt with 17 years of experience as a registered nurse (RN), and seven years as a board-certified NP. Her clinical care as an RN has been in the areas of emergency medicine and hematology-oncology. Immediately prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2016, she spent seven years as an NP in private practice in internal medicine and infectious disease. Since then, Dr. Banovac says, she has taken clinical care in IR to the next level.

“Jeneth’s tireless engagement in follow-up and management of patients in the IR clinic have completely redefined how our clinic is used for direct patient care,” he said.  

Over the years, Aquino has placed an emphasis on value-based and patient-centered care, which requires extensive collaboration between different clinicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and other clinical support staff in interventional radiology.

“As nurse practitioners, if we are able to coordinate care in a comprehensive way so that interventional radiologists can focus on clinical practice, we can make a really big difference,” said Aquino.

Currently, Aquino is working toward a Doctor of Nursing degree, with a research focus on health policy and clinical practice, at Belmont University. Her expected graduation date is May 2022. She previously earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration as a family nurse practitioner, and her board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, also from Belmont.

Aquino is a member of the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurse Association, Society of Interventional Radiology, Tennessee Nursing Association and a past member Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.