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J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2017;14(1):26. English. Original Article.
Shin SJ , Kim YK , Suh SR , Jung DY , Kim Y , Yim MK .
College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
College of Nursing, Catholic University of Pusan, Korea.
College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Nursing, JEI University, Korea.
Research and Development Division, Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute, Seoul, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to analyze opinions about the action plan for implementation of clinical performance exam as part of the national nursing licensing examination and presents the expected effects of the performance exam and aspects to consider regarding its implementation.


This study used a mixed-methods design. Quantitative data were collected by a questionnaire survey, while qualitative data were collected by focus group interviews with experts. The survey targeted 200 nursing professors and clinical nurses with more than 5 years of work experience, and the focus group interviews were conducted with 28 of professors, clinical instructors, and nurses at hospitals.


First, nursing professors and clinical specialists agreed that the current written tests have limitations in evaluating examinees' ability, and that the introduction of a clinical performance exam will yield positive results. Clinical performance exam is necessary to evaluate and improve nurses' work ability, which means that the implementation of a performance exam is advisable if its credibility and validity can be verified. Second, most respondents chose direct performance exams using simulators or standardized patients as the most suitable format of the test.


In conclusion, the current national nursing licensing exam is somewhat limited in its ability to identify competent nurses. Thus, the time has come for us to seriously consider the introduction of a performance exam. The prerequisites for successfully implementing clinical performance exam as part of the national nursing licensing exam are a professional training process and forming a consortium to standardize practical training.

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