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: