On September 18th 2019, the celebration of “University of Maribor day”, at the proposal of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Maribor Prof Hugh P. Mc Kenna, PhD was awarded the University of Maribor Honorary Doctorate.
Professor Hugh P. Mc Kenna, CBE, PhD, B.Sc (Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN (Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN RCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN is a leading International Nursing specialist, researcher, mentor, author, Professor of Nursing and Dean of the Medical School Development University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Previously, he held the position of Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation for five years, and for seven years he was Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. He was also the head of the School of Health Sciences.
Professor Hugh P. Mc Kenna has actively supported and participated in the development and preparation of PhD programs in Postgraduate (3rd degree) study programme Nursing Care at the University of Maribor Faculty of Health Sciences. He is a co-lecturer in charge of the subjects of Nursing Care and Research Methods as well as Theories, Concepts and Practice of Nursing Care. With his international recognition and excellence, he helped in the development of UM FHS at the global level and significantly contributed to the promotion of doctoral Nursing Care study and thus the promotion of the University of Maribor.
He has received many prestigious British and international awards for his work, among which it should be noted that in 2008 the Queen of the United Kingdom awarded him the title Commander of the British Empire, in 2009 he received the honorary title Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2009 as the third European and the fifteenth member.
He has over 250 publications, including eleven books and more than £4 million in research funding. His published work has been cited more than 10.000 times and has an H-index of 40. He has been a mentor of 16 doctoral students who have successfully completed their studies.
Together with co-authors Majda Pajnkihar and Fiona A. Murphy, he published a textbook in 2014 entitled "Fundamentals of Nursing Models, Theories and Practice", which received excellent reviewes of the prestigious magazine Nursing Standard, furthermore in 2018, it was also published in Slovenian language.
Professor Hugh P. McKenna, PhD, is a person who, through his excellent work, knowledge, global recognition and research, contributes to the visibility of nursing and the University of Maribor Faculty of Health Sciences in Europe and the world.
On receiving the title University of Maribor Honorary Doctor we sincerely congratulate Prof Hugh P. Mc Kenna, PhD.