Program Official/Nurse Consultant
6710B ROCKLEDGE DRIVE
BETHESDA MD 20817
Tammara Jenkins, M.S.N., R.N., PCNS-BC, FCCM, joined NICHD’s Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch (PTCIB) in 2006. She has extensive experience in both critical and acute care pediatric nursing. Her research interests include assent in the pediatric age group as well as specialized care needs for the critically ill pediatric oncology patient, end-of-life care, family-centered care, and ethical concerns related to critically ill and injured children.
Ms. Jenkins is the director of PTCIB’s Ethical, Translational, and Applied Research in Pediatric Critical Care Practice portfolio in the Pediatric Critical Care Research and Training Program. She also is the medical coordinator for Camp Fantastic, the annual summer camp for children with cancer, sponsored through the National Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Oncology Branch.
Prior to joining NICHD, Ms. Jenkins was the pediatric critical care clinical nurse specialist at the NIH Clinical Center for nearly 12 years, supervising the care of seriously ill children and coordinating services for their families. She also has held several faculty positions throughout her career, including one at the Temple University Department of Nursing and an adjunct clinical position at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Jenkins completed her undergraduate nursing degree and her public health nurse certification at California State University, Long Beach, and her master’s degree in nursing, with a concentration in critical care pediatrics, at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected a fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2019.