The main point of perspective of nursing in clinical practise is the demand for the development of sustainable nursing. Urgent difficulties with the recruitment of new students and retaining the educated nurses in the profession increase the necessity of understanding the mechanisms beyond traditional solutions i.e. campaigning or skill learning.

Inspired by the methods of the French sociologist Bourdieu, the difference, between the ideal picture and the work in practise is examined.

The historic field construction of the field of medicine materializes as a number of battles, constructing the field out of people, positions, architecture, and artefacts. The modern nurse is mainly constructed as the human, maternal answer to an inhumane medicine.

An outline is made of different nursing orientations. Here, the internal diversity is shown as an explanation to some of the splits students and nurses are facing.