Some identified issues regarding nursing education and professional development are discussed. As a theoretical framework for the discussion the SECI-model is used. The conclusion is that a new form of professional co-operation is needed – a co-operation between all the various sectors involved in nursing education. This new form should be characterized by collaborating units which stimulate and motivate the involved sectors to carry out studies with focus on content and methods in nursing education with the purpose of creating coherence between nursing science and nursing profession.