Irene Bean, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP

Candidate for Tennessee State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

As the Executive Director and Founder of the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association (TNNPA), CEO of Serenity Health Care, PC, and the State Representative for AANP, we must unite the only State Nurse Practitioner Organization (TNNPA) with the National Nurse Practitioner Organization (AANP). The unity between the two organizations will empower APRN leadership, health policy writers, and advocates who will promote quality and affordable healthcare with the best outcomes.

As your State Representative, I will continue to promote diversity and inclusivity to all APRNs in the State of Tennessee and nationally. My priority is to enhance APRN leadership and maintain transparency. I will continue to promote continuing education programs that will provide evidence-based guidelines for the best outcomes.

Let’s move Tennessee forward and reelect Irene W. Bean as the State Representative. As the current Executive Director of the TN NPA, I am experienced in bringing APRNs together.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

CEO/owner of an integrated NP clinic providing medical/psychiatric services.

Executive Director/Founder of TN NPA.

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

The leadership experiences that I have with AANP are as follows: TN State Representative, Diversity Equity Inclusive Committee Member, Practice Committee Member, Awards Committee Member, Student Tool Kit Committee Member. The state experiences are the Executive Director and Founder of the TN Nurse Practitioner Association. Other leadership experiences are my creation of a Social Injustice webinar that is recorded monthly. This webinar has reached more than 800 participants.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

One of the biggest challenges facing NPs in the delivery of health care over the next decade is the barriers to the APRN scope of practice. As we are aware, there is a physician shortage in America, despite what the AMA will have us to believe. The physicians are uniting to lead a campaign to fight any scope of practice expansion proposed by APRNs, state, and national associations. These tactics are burdensome on APRNs and state associations. The AMA has designed a mapper to encourage physicians to build large practices in areas with a surplus of APRNs and encourage patients to choose MDs over APRNs. The challenge is unemployment for APRNs or a significant pay cut for their graduate skills. APRNs are returning to hospitals as RNs to support their families because the job market is declining for our profession. AANP should support APRNs with a national committee whose emphasis is to regulate the Modernization Act for all states. The committee can offer tools to encourage state associations in becoming more vigilant in monitoring regulations that may impact their states. Partnering with the lobbyist and state association leaders will identify purposeful unity within our profession.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

My most significant leadership contribution at the national, state and regional levels has been my impact in promoting health policy change and education for advanced practice nurses. In 2013, a state NP professional organization did not exist in Tennessee. Recognizing the need, I founded the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association (TNNPA) bringing together for the first time more than 9,000 NPs under one organization. In my roles as the Executive Director and Founder of the TNNPA, a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), and the TN State Representative for AANP, my policy impact has and continues to be my ability to unite the NPs in Tennessee and nationally. Since its inception, TNNPA has organized statewide conferences focusing on policy, advocacy, and legislative initiatives to more than 3,000 NPs. I have worked across the aisle to collaborate with physicians and legislators on policy initiatives to remove collaborative barriers for APRNS and allow full practice authority to increase patient access to care and advocated to authorize APRNs to prescribe buprenorphine, a lifesaving medication for the treatment of opioid dependence. The positive outcome as the founder of the TN NPA is uniting more than 9,000 NPs and providing educational conferences with local and national leaders.

If Elected, I Propose to Advance the AANP Mission as Follows:

As the Founder of the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association, I realize the importance of APRNs supporting State and National Associations. I conduct monthly meetings across the state and precept students from various schools with diverse backgrounds. I empower APRNs to become community leaders, educate the public about the roles of APRNs, and develop policies to make healthcare equal and affordable for all people. As the keynote speaker to 200 graduating NP students, I discussed “Transitioning from a Registered Nurse to a Nurse Practitioner”. As the keynote speaker for Sigma Theta Tau, I discussed “A Call for the Commitment to Serve, Transform and Lead”. My proven dedication to increasing membership for TNNPA and AANP is proven as I utilized personal funds to enroll TNNPA into the AANP Organization Membership. I will continue to impact the Nurse Practitioner profession as a community leader and health policy analyst. My mission is to continue to promote FPA for TNNPAs; establish affordable and quality healthcare for all people, and to improve the health of vulnerable populations. I will continue to be an asset to TNNPA and ANNP and will work to promote the vision and mission of AANP.