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Jenkins, Tammara

Formal Title:

Nurse Consultant


Program Official - Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch; Director - Ethical, Translational, and Applied Research in Pediatric Critical Care Practice Portfolio; Scientific Collaborator - Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network CPCCRN).





6710B ROCKLEDGE DRIVE Room 2331D, MSC 7002
Bethesda ,MD 20817

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Tammara Jenkins, M.S.N., R.N., PCNS-BC joined the NICHD in 2006.  She has extensive experience in both critical and acute care pediatric nursing.  She completed her undergraduate nursing degree (BSN and Public Health Nurse certification) at the California State University, Long Beach, and her Master of Science in Nursing (concentration in Critical Care Pediatrics) at the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining the 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 is also the Medical Coordinator for Camp Fantastic, the annual summer camp for children with cancer, sponsored through the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute.  Ms. Jenkins has held several faculty positions throughout her career, including faculty at the Temple University Department of Nursing, and clinical adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.  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 the PTCIB "Ethical, Translational, and Applied Research in Pediatric Critical Care Practice" portfolio in the Pediatric Critical Care Research and Training Program. The portfolio includes, but is not limited to:

  • Nursing and non-pharmacological management of critical illness
  • Bereavement, palliative care, end-of-life care in PICU populations
  • Ethical issues relate to critical illness and pediatric critical care research
  • Functional outcomes of critical illness
  • Environment of care
    • Healthcare systems
    • Interdisciplinary healthcare team dynamics and family communication
    • Clinical education and training
    • Patient safety
  • Psychosocial aspects of critical care (child, family, and healthcare provider)
  • Care-based implementation science



Publications (PubMed):

Collaborative pediatric critical care research network: looking back and moving forward.
How do children and parents make decisions about pediatric clinical research?
Children's and their parents' views on facing research risks for the benefit of others.
Impact of pediatric critical illness and injury on families: a systematic literature review.
Incidence and Outcomes of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in PICUs.
The Pediatric Risk of Mortality Score: Update 2015.
Research as a Standard of Care in the PICU.
End-of-Life Practices Among Tertiary Care PICUs in the United States: A Multicenter Study.
Simultaneous Prediction of New Morbidity, Mortality, and Survival Without New Morbidity From Pediatric Intensive Care: A New Paradigm for Outcomes Assessment.
Association of bleeding and thrombosis with outcome in extracorporeal life support.
Pediatric intensive care outcomes: development of new morbidities during pediatric critical care.
Critical pertussis illness in children: a multicenter prospective cohort study.
Meaning making during parent-physician bereavement meetings after a child's death.
Toward a Research Agenda on Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness.
BOND National Institues of Health Home Home Division of Intramural Population Health Research