Majda Pajnkihar is a Dean, Associate Professor and Head of the Institute of Nursing Care at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Health Sciences (UM FHS). She obtained her PhD from University of Manchester in 2003 and became the first nurse with a PhD in Slovenia. She worked on numerous national and international projects in nursing and health care. She is a visiting professor at University of Osijek, Josipa Jurja Strossmayera, Medical Faculty, Department of Nursing, Osijek and was a visiting professor at University of Ulster, Belfast. Professor Pajnkihar is currently a Chair and was one of the founding members of the international UDINE-C group, connecting different nursing schools across Europe, USA and Russia. She is also an Honorary Professor at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. She received several prestigious awards for her work at the UM and a Golden badge of Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia.