This study attempt to analyze how nurses represent their role as nursing academics and their conceptions, strategies and feelings involved in teaching-learning and research in nursing. A qualitative study was conducted. To achieve this goal, a semi- structured interview was carried out to seven nurses who worked as teachers and researchers in a university in Barcelona, Spain. The data were analyzed through categories validated in a previous study with the support of The Atlas Ti program. The results evidenced that nurses are less equipped to develop the research role, and that the profession is not justified without a close relationship between theory and practice of nursing. The nursing academics look for a balance between teaching and research and they also wish to promote the development of models and theories in their discipline.