This article reflects on how nurses’ and students’ competencies can be strengthened for their involvement in the development of clinical nursing practice. The article is divided into three parts: 1) The development of a clinical tool and the students’ participation in the professional development of nursing practice. 2) A completed study involving students’ and registered nurses’ joint efforts in clinical practice to make a clinical tool to strengthen and develop the professional nursing practice. An example demonstrates how such a project can be organized and suggests how the nursing education, new graduate nurses and experienced registered nurses can participate in the development of the professional nursing practice. 3) A discussion of the opportunities and barriers related to research and projects, which points out that research contributes not only with new knowledge and development of the professional nursing practice, but equally important it contributes to developing the competencies of registered nurses and student nurses in their clinical practice.