We at EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions are genuinely invested in your success. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure your experience is one that allows you to succeed professionally and personally. We build trust with new candidates with our proven practices. Our flexible assignments and advocacy initiatives contribute to our long- lasting relationships. Are you ready to start your next adventure? Get on board with us!

“Guiding success by empowering you to achieve personal and professional growth.”

Dedicated Passionate Team

We have nurses on staff that are recruiting on your behalf for your next assignment

At EmPower Nursing & Alli

ed Solutions, we’re more than just a placement firm; we’re committed to finding you your dream job! We know that nurses are caring people, and we believe it’s time someone returned the favor.

Our executive team puts twenty five years of experience to work matching you with rewarding travel and permanent nursing opportunities.


Our policy is simple: we don’t believe in gimmicks, just the best service and a smooth onboarding process.

We know how much you dedicate to your patients. That’s why we want to return the favor by offering you an incredible place to work.

What We Believe (Our Core Values)

Transparency in Everything We Do

Mutual Respect and Unity

Collaboration and Open Feedback

Be Authentic & Value Other's Opinions

Pay It Forward

Positive Action Generates Inspiration


I love being a part of a group of professionals that inspire one another to excel everyday.

Dawn Whitney is Founder and CEO of both EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions and EmPower HealthIT (formerly MotivAction Recruiting) based in Portland, Oregon. She started EmPower HealthIT in 2005 from her dining room table with one employee based in New York that is still an active Recruiter with EmPower HealthIT. Each year the business has grown exponentially even during the recent “down years” in staffing (2008-2009). Between 2011 and 2012, her business grew 47% fueled mostly by long term clients that have used her team to staff for new consulting engagements across the US. In 2015, her company expanded and grew 32% from 2014!  EmPower HealthIT’s primary business is Direct Hire placements, Consulting Engagements and Executive Retained Search. Dawn is responsible for the daily operations, management of staff, recruitment, new business development and ongoing client relationships. Her organization includes a team of specialized Healthcare Informatics Recruiters that focus exclusively in their respective staffing discipline. In addition to a local team, she has “virtual” recruiters scattered across the US to assist in filling the diverse needs of her clients. Dawn formed the company after 15 years of success in the staffing industry for two publicly traded organizations. While serving as a Vice President at her most recent position, World Health, she was personally responsible for the oversight of the firm’s Healthcare Informatics division, which produced annual revenue in excess of $6 million within its first 8 months of “start-up” operation. Her business development, leadership and a results-oriented philosophy assisted in fueling the organization’s fast growth within the healthcare sector.


Prior to World Heath, Dawn was National Executive Director for Hall Kinion (now KForce) with responsibilities for a $30M business unit which included several offices across the US. Her specialty within Hall Kinion was to open new offices, assist them to profitability quickly and to turnaround stagnant, non-productive offices. She became an expert in teaching and mentoring other recruiters, and account managers that quickly grew into top performers within the company. In addition to her training, sales and expansion responsibilities, she was extremely successful in growing business units and developing leaders. She was a top performer several years in a row running her own book of business while training and mentoring others.


Dawn’s newest venture started November 2, 2015 as another start-up within the Healthcare market.  Her clients were asking her to assist them in staffing Travel Nurses and Allied Health staff within their hospitals.  She investigated and considered several nursing company acquisitions, yet, settled on starting another successful company from the ground up once again.  She hired several experts within the nursing space, including an RN that is recruiting other RN’s and in her first week of the launch, landed eight new clients.   Her team created the name of the new company, as a division of EmPower HealthIT, that best embodied their culture and belief system. This company is called EmPower Nursing and Allied Solutions.  They staff travelers and direct hire professionals within the nursing and allied health space. We are excited about the growth and expansion of these two companies in 2016 and beyond.  Dawn and her husband Ryan live in Portland, Oregon and LaQuinta, California. Their 21 year old son, Cole, is a successful employee of EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions and also resides in Portland.

Senior Vice President
It is inspiring to see this group of professionals go above and beyond what is required of them every day. They are always encouraging and supportive of one another in every situation. It is an amazing culture and it makes me proud to be part of this dynamic team.

Kim Lindauer joined EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions as Senior Vice President. She brings her expertise in managing start-up operations, business development and clinical staff recruiting. Lindauer knows the ins and outs of healthcare staffing as she has over 16 years of experience in both recruiting and managerial positions. Prior to starting her career in recruiting, Lindauer worked at Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, MN.


Kim kicked off her career as a healthcare recruiter for healthcare professionals, but was appointed to account manager just after a year. As account manager she ensured growth and profitability and increased office revenue by 33% in her first year. Kim held several positions with Maxim before joining EmPower and is a 12 time annual stock winner for financial excellence and compliance. Kim, her husband Chris and her two children Linsey and Taylor relocated from Madison, WI to Portland, OR in August of 1999. She enjoys playing basketball, watching sports and traveling with her family. Kim brings a unique value to the team and their clients.


Timeline with Maxim:

1999 – 2000: Healthcare Recruiter for 1 year – recruited for healthcare professionals
2001 – 2006: Account Manager of Staffing Division office 5 years – responsible for sales, operations and overall leadership of office


General Manager of Homecare Division office – responsible for sales, operations, leadership of recruiting team and compliance with state regulations for homecare licensing


Administrative Officer – Responsible for management of Recruiting/Sales team, Clinical Team and Administrative team. Assisted with the closure of 2 branch offices, in addition to transitioning and absorbing clients from those offices during that time.


Bookkeeper & Contract Manager
I love going to work for the job as well as the environment. I feel challenged each day and we have leadership that encourages us to set goals, grow, take charge and have fun too!

Diane Tooze Storer works at EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions as our Bookkeeper and Contract Manager. She has been the Bookkeeper and owner of her own family construction business for the last 10 years. Her attention to detail, love of math and desire to be in a positive team environment made it a perfect match for us! She is willing to help in many areas of the business and will help with a smile! Aside from work, Diane likes to find great places to eat, enjoy the outdoors and play with her friends and family (husband Tyler, daughter Kalia & son Emerson).

Recruiting Manager
It’s invaluable when you can walk in to the office every day knowing you are surrounded by others who have a wealth of knowledge, passion for their work and actually love what they do!

Fatimah comes to EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions with over 5 years of experience with OHSU in the Interpreter Services Department. She is an expert in the medical field with exemplary organizational skills. After spending time managing internal communications for both EmPower HealthIT and EmPower Nursing & Allied Solutions, Fatimah joined the nursing team full time as a nurse recruiter. Fatimah moved to the East Bay for two years and recently moved back to Oregon, calling it home. She comes from a huge Lebanese family and values the time spent with them. Fatimah loves to take care of others, especially when she is the host of a party. On her time off she enjoys cooking for friends and traveling to new cities.

Nurse Recruiter
I love that my co-workers are also my friends and I get to be surrounded each day by their positive energy! EmPower is a special place to work and having both teams in the same office really makes us feel like family!

Maddie joined the EmPower Nursing team in August 2016 as a sourcer/staffing specialist and quickly transitioned to a recruiter due to her outstanding people skills and ability to learn quickly. Maddie is a currently a fourth-year nursing student at the University of Portland, and brings her knowledge of the nursing field to our company. She plans to be a postpartum nurse after graduating in 2018. Maddie’s witty personality constantly keeps us on our toes – she is outgoing and loves to be surrounded by people.

Nurse Recruiter

Halsea is one of our Nurse Recruiters. She is energized by meeting new people. Her degree in communication and background in sales is what led her to pursuing a career in the recruiting field. Halsea values spending time with her family, close friends, and her dog, Benny. She enjoys cooking, being on the water, and is always up for a round of golf in the summer.

Payroll Specialist
Sourcing & Social Media Specialist
I’m grateful to be a part of a team that uplifts and empowers one another. EmPower is a place where the employees genuinely care about each other and their clients. It is more than just a job, it is a community that I am proud to be a part of!

Marie recently joined our team working as a Social Media Specialist and a sourcer/staffing specialist. She graduated from the University of Portland where she got a degree in Psychology. It was in previous jobs that she found a passion for social media marketing and decided to pursue it as a career. In her free time Marie loves to do anything that gets her outside; whether that be running, hiking, biking or skiing.

Ready to take on a new challenge? We’re here to help you start your next adventure.