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Irene Bean, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, founded the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association (TNNPA) in 2014, where she is the Executive Director. She is an entrepreneur of an NP-owned integrated practice, Serenity Health Care, PC. Her mission is to unite TNNPA with AANP to strengthen the visibility of NPs, empower NP leadership, and enhance health policy writers and advocates who will promote quality and affordable healthcare. Irene received the 2016 AANP State Award of Excellence. She was inducted as a Fellow of AANP in 2016, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and the National Academy of Practice in 2021. She is the former TN State Liaison for AANP from 2019-2023. She has held numerous committee positions for AANP. As the Regional Director, I will continue to promote diversity, equality, and inclusivity to all NPs. Let’s move our Region forward and vote for Irene W. Bean as your Region 4 Director.
CEO, FNP/PMHNP Owner of a Family & Behavior Health Clinic
In August 2014, I founded the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association, the only statewide NP Association, an organization charged with empowering all NPs to advance accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality health care for diverse communities through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. My focus is to create new avenues to enable NPs to advance healthcare for all patients, regardless of circumstance, in innovative ways. I chaired TNNPA's annual conferences. Conducted state policy meetings, organized health policy days on the Hill, and increased membership events to offer continuing education for practicing NPs and students. I served as the TN State Liaison, on the DEI, Awards, and conference committees for AANP. I was inducted as a Fellow of AAN, a Fellow of AANP, and a Fellow of NAP—a member of the advocacy committee and NP State Leaders Summit Committee with NAP. I also served on the advisory board with Shield Therapeutics. Lectured for various conferences- AANP, TNNPA, and WHNP. Keynote speaker for TN State University MSN hooding ceremonies in 2018 and 2023. As an FNP-owned and operated entrepreneur, I obtained my Psychiatric NP Certificate, integrated my practice, and provided holistic care. I aim to open two integrated practices in underserved areas and provide mentorship/preceptorship.
The biggest challenge facing NPs is barriers to practice without collaboration in more than one-half the states in America. Physicians are slandering the education, expertise, and experience of NPs. Unfortunately, the legislators are accepting the misrepresentation of the physicians. As a professional body of providers, we must ensure that the quality of education is standardized across the board, limit online education, and ensure quality preceptorship for our NP students. It is disheartening to know that NPs have graduated from reputable programs, received certification, and practiced in various settings. Many are solo practice owners, yet they cannot practice without collaboration with a physician. All states need to have complete practice and allow NPs to practice to the extent of their education. This task must be a collaboration with the state and national associations. AANP needs to support state regulations regarding the full scope of practice. We must identify our unity and debunk the myths physicians and other nonsupporters share. We must show NPs are well educated and equipped to deliver appropriately safe healthcare. NPs' voices must be heard and inform the nation that NPs are the future of healthcare.
As the Founder/CEO of TNNPA, I have much to offer AANP through my leadership and professional skills. I work diligently to advance accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality healthcare for diverse communities by empowering NPs through practice, education, advocacy, and leadership. I've advocated the creation of new avenues to enable TNNPs to advance healthcare for all patients. I play an integral role in setting strategic direction to ensure that state programs are focused on advocacy and leadership. To further the mission and raise awareness of the critical role NPs play in healthcare, I've organized state policy and advocacy days to meet with legislators. I've participated as a lecturer in various universities, state and national conferences. As a doctorally prepared FNP/PMHNP entrepreneur, I saw the need to integrate an NP-owned and operated clinic in Nashville. I'm the former TN State Liaison of AANP, a recipient of the AANP 2016 State Award for Excellence. I was inducted as a Fellow of AANP, AAN, and NAP. As the CEO, I saw a major missing piece at the state level since no organization represented the interests of NPs. I strategically incorporated a new organization to work with and aligned with AANP on eliminating arbitrary practice barriers.
If elected as the Regional Director of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, an organization charged with empowering all Nurse Practitioners to advance accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality health care for diverse communities through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership, I will work diligently to advance these goals. My focus is to create new avenues to enable Nurse Practitioners to advance healthcare for all patients, regardless of circumstance, in innovative ways. As Regional Director, I will be integral in setting strategic direction to ensure programs focusing on practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership receive adequate support. I began the mission with the TNNPA and will further forward the mission with AANP and raise awareness of the critical role of Nurse Practitioners in healthcare. To reach a broader audience, I have shared the extensive work of AANP on social media. I have been fortunate to serve in a leadership capacity. I am ready to serve as the Regional 4 Director to continue promoting AANP as an asset to our state and nation.