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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2017; 14: 26.
Published online October 25, 2017.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2017.14.26
[Epub ahead of print]
Perception survey on the introduction of clinical performance examination as part of the national nursing licensing examination in Korea
Su Jin shin1  , Yeong Kyeong Kim2  , Soon-Rim Suh3  , Duk Yoo Jung1  , Yunju Kim4  , Mi Kyoung Yim5 
1Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2Catholic University of Pusan, Republic of Korea
3Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea
4JEI University, Republic of Korea
5Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Correspondence  Mi Kyoung Yim ,Tel: mkyim@kuksiwon.or.kr, 
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: June 28, 2017  Accepted after revision: August 17, 2017
Abstract
Purpose:
The purpose of this study was to analyze opinions about the action plan for implementation 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.
Method:
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.
Results:
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.
Discussion:
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.
Keywords: Nursing Licensing Examination, Clinical Performance Examination, Nurse Education
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