Director, VHA Healthcare Recruitment and Marketing Office
Veterans Health Administration
New Orleans, LA
Mrs. Shawanda Poree is the Director, Healthcare Recruitment and Marketing Office under the Veterans Health Administration. Shawanda is responsible for leading all national aspects in the recruitment, retention, marketing and student programs for the 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the nation. As a member of the executive team, Mrs. Poree participates in the strategic planning and operations management to ensure medical centers have the most qualified healthcare providers at the bedside to care for the military veterans. As a Nurse Executive, Mrs. Poree is responsible for providing leadership, direction and consultative approach on staffing methodologies, workforce succession and retention.Mrs. Poree singularly noted a need for an innovative medium to attract the best and brightest healthcare professionals to the VA. Mrs. Poree designed and established the National Recruitment Program which allows the largest integrated healthcare system an opportunity to be innovative and creative along with utilizing private-sector methodologies to aid in the recruitment of healthcare professionals. Since the launch of the program the agency has seen a reduction in temporary staff cost, optimizing the value and perception of government employment, and most significantly excellence in care delivery. She is a graduate of the Excellence in Government Program as a Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service, a national nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way the government works. She is also a graduate of Leadership VA, a comprehensive program designed for aspiring leaders of the federal government. She is active in a number of professional associations American College of Healthcare Executive, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Association for Colleges and Employers, National Association for Healthcare Recruiters and National Association of Physician Recruiters. Mrs. Poree is a recipient of the Great 100 Nurses award from the State of Louisiana. She serves on a variety of community task-forces and boards. Ms. Poree holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology/Pre-Med and Nursing from the historical Dillard University. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and currently working on her Ph.D. in Business Administration/Healthcare Management. Mrs. Poree's experience and her leadership in championing innovation and change has significantly impacted the way the Federal government attracts healthcare professionals to the agency.