In spite of a discrepancy between the theoretical and practical part of nursing the trend seems to show that the nursing lecturer’s knowledge of, and attachment to, practice are diminishing.

This paper examines the most important aspects of the nursing lecturer’s role in relation to clinical practice in order to form a closer connection between the theoretical and practical part of the education.

The material consisted of 15 research articles, and the methodological procedure was qualitative text analysis.

Clinical credibility proves to be an essential factor for the lecturer’s role which, however, can be seen from two viewpoints: „clinical competence“ and „to be updated“. It is not possible to conclude which of these ought to come first, but the discussion raises several questions about the compatibility between the two views and their characteristics today. Finally, the relations between theory and practice and the lecturer’s role in this connection are discussed.