The project learning in practice was carried out from 2011 to early 2013, in a collaboration between the nursing and educational theory educations at UCC North Sealand. This article is related to the examination of the nurse education only and focuses on learning within clinical nursing practice. The question is how the education leads to competent professionals who are able to take care of patients? The data material consists of observation studies and focus group interviews, based on four cases from local hospitals and analyzed with a theoretical approach. It points out that the key to learning is often implicit and designated by the work place. The abilities and attitude of the student is a central tool for navigating in the context and accessing learning possibilities. The direct contact with patients supports the development of professional competences. The supervisor has a distinct importance to the access into the community of practice and learning.