Background: The clinical nurses responsible for the nurse students during their clinical placement lack sufficient competences such as being able to read and assess research articles, to be used in evidence-based practice, properly. Purpose: The conduction of an intervention programme makes it possible to investigate which learning processes are required to enable the use of evidence-based knowledge in order to solve present problems in nursing. Design: Four clinical nurses from four different hospital wards carried out individually an intervention programme. Method: Qualitative interviews with the four clinical nurses were made before and after carrying out the intervention programme. Results: The analysis has three themes, the clinical nurse experience of issues in nursing, search and assessment. Discussion: The nurses have to learn to ask questions relating to normal procedures in nursing. The search process contains several elements that the nurses have to practice regularly. Learning to assess research articles can motivate the nurses.