Renee M. Menkens, M.S. , R.N.

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


Renee' Menkens received her AD degree from Southwestern Oregon Commuity College and her BS degree from Southern Oregon State College. She received her MS degree in Community Health Care Systems and her Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education from OHSU School of Nursing. Ms. Menkens has been a faculty at OHSU in the RNBS Completion Program for eight years. She worked at Southwestern Oregon Community College as an Assistant Professor for seven years and then became a full time instructor in the RNBS Completion Program in the summer of 2012. Ms. Menkens teaches in NRS427 Practice Integration,NRS424I and NRS425I specialty courses, NRS411 Epidemiology and NRS412 Leadership and Outcomes Management. Ms. Menkens continues to be an active member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education and currently serves as a member of the OCNE Curriculum Committee. Ms. Menkens lives in Coos Bay, Oregon and is an active member in her community. She volunteers as vice president for the Coos County Friends of Public Health, is a Coos County Community Health Improvement Coalition steering committee member and is a Medical Reserve Corp volunteer. She completed a Leadership Coos course to better understand the economic and health care issues in Coos County Oregon. Ms. Menkens is passionate about improving the health of Oregon citizens and the residents of Coos County. She practices as an on-call RN staff nurse at the local hospital in their case Management Unit as a Discharge Calls RN. In this role she makes phone calls to patients discharged within 24-72 hours to assess their health care needs post hospitalization.

Education and training

    • M.S., 1985, OHSU School of Nursing
    • M.S., 1985, OHSU School of Nursing
  • Certifications

    • Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, 2004

Memberships and associations:

  • Coos County Friends of Public Health, Vice President

Areas of interest

  • Community health
  • Mental Health
  • Case Management


Selected publications

  • Northrup-Snyder, K.,  Menkens, R. & Dean, M. (2017).  Student competency perceptions from Associate Degree to Bachelor’s Degree completion.  JNE,56(10), 581-590.
  • Ross, A. &Menkens, R. (2009). Evidence-Based Practice to Outcomes Management: Spiraled Learning Activities, Part III, Journal of Nursing Education, 48(9), pg 1.
  • LeCuyer, E., DeSocio, J., Brody, M., Schlick, R., Menkens, R.,(2007) From Objectives to competencies: Operationalizing the NONPF PMHNP competencies for use in a graduate curriculum. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.
  • Cartwright, J. &Menkens, R. (2002) Student Perspectives on Transitioning to New Technologies for Distance Learning, Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 20 (4), 143-149.
  • Cartwright, J., Menkens, R., Edmonds, J., &Ball, A. (2000) Transitioning Between Technologies in distance Education, Abstracts of Symposium Presentations, Communicating Nursing Research Conference Proceedings, Western Institute of Nursing, 33(8), 163-168
  • Northrup-Snyder, K., Menkens, R. & Stoyles, S. (in review). Longitudinal Analysis of Student Perceptions of Competency from Associate Degree to Completion of Bachelor’s Degree. Journal of Nursing Education.


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