Majda Pajnkihar

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Majda Pajnkihar
Professor Majda Panjkihar.jpg
Known forResearch on Nursing
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Maribor
University of Manchester
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Maribor

Majda Pajnkihar is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Maribor, Slovenia.[1] She is one of the founding members of Udine-C Network (Understanding Development Issues in Nurse Educator Careers), an international research group with the main interest in nursing careers.[2]


Pajnkihar is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Organizational Sciences and a Master of Organizational Sciences from the University of Maribor and a PhD in nursing from the University of Manchester.


Pajnkihar was the first Slovenian to obtain a Nursing PhD in Slovenia and led the establishment of the first Nursing PhD program there. On her initiative the first Institute for Nursing in Slovenia was established in 1996. Pajnkihar was the first head of the Institute for Nursing, which aims to recognize nursing as a scientific discipline and a profession.[3]

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau the Honor Society of Nursing.

Pajnkihar’s clinical area is child and adolescent nursing.

She has a special interest in nursing theories and research on caring, qualitative research and evidence-based nursing in the area of safety, caring and efficient patient care.


Pajnkihar is a Fellow (2018) of the American Academy of Nursing.[4]


  • McKenna HP, Pajnkihar M, Murphy F (2014) Fundamentals of nursing models, theories and practice Wiley Blackwell, Chichester ISBN 978-0-4706-5776-8


  1. ^ "Professor Majda Pajnkihar". University of Maribor. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "About the UDINE-C". Udine-C. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Institute for Nursing Care". University of Maribor. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "2018 Class of New Fellows". American Academy of Nursing. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

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