Professor Majda Pajnkihar, PhD A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing


Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Maribor, Professor Majda Pajnkihar, PhD, became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the ceremony on 3rd November 2018 in Washington DC, USA. Only 30 Europeans among the 2500 members hold the prestigious membership.

The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy, practice and science through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. Every day across America, the Academy and its members create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiates to drive reform of America's health system.

Academy's more than 2,500 members, known as Fellows, are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education management, practice and research. Fellows include association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; researchers; and entrepreneurs.

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Fellows have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation's most highly-educated citizens: more than 90% hold doctoral degrees and the rest have completed master’s programs. Invitation to the fellowship represents more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health system by enhancing the quality of health and nursing care, promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum, reducing health disparities and inequalities, shaping healthy behaviours and environments, integrating mental and physical health, and strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally and internationally.

Professor Majda Pajnkihar, PhD, was the first in Slovenia to receive her doctoral degree in nursing care, and in 2008 she was elected to assistant professor, in 2013 to associate professor, and in 2018 she was named a full-time professor in the field of nursing care. She was the first in Slovenia to publish a textbook for nursing care. She is a visiting professor in many foreign universities and is a member of numerous associations and editorial boards and has received numerous awards. With her exceptional research and managerial work, she has greatly influenced the development of nursing in Slovenia and the wider region, which was also observed in the USA. On this occasion, the University of Maribor Faculty of Health Sciences congratulates Professor Majda Pajnkihar for this outstanding recognition.


Prof. Dr Majda Pajnkihar