J Korean Biol Nurs Sci.  2018 Feb;20(1):1-10. 10.7586/jkbns.2018.20.1.1.

The Relevance between Biological Nursing Subjects and Registered Nurse Licensure Examination Workbook in Republic of Korea and the United States of America

  • 1Department of Nursing, Hoseo University, Asan, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3College of Nursing, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.
  • 4College of Nursing & Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Nursing, Konkuk University, Chungju, Korea. parkms@kku.ac.kr


This is a descriptive study to investigate the relevance between biological nursing science subjects (structure and function of the human body (SFHB), mechanism and effects of drugs (MED), clinical microbiology) and examination workbook items for Registered Nurse Licensure Examination (RNLE) in Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States of America (USA).
RNLE 8 workbooks which were published by the Korean Nurses Association were utilized for analysis of Korean RNLE. Saunders comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN® examination was used for analysis of US RNLE. The relevance between items in the standard syllabuses of biological nursing science subjects (SFHB, MED, clinical microbiology) and the RNLE items of these workbooks in ROK and the USA was analyzed.
The relevance rates of ROK and the USA were 3.6% vs 0.4% in SFHB, 8.9% vs 23.0% in MED, and 4.5% vs 5.8% in clinical microbiology.
In SFHB, the relevance of the RNLE in ROK was higher than that of the USA. However in MED the relevance of the RNLE in USA was higher than that of the ROK. Since medications are one of major tasks of nurses, it is necessary to increase the number of related items in the RNLE in ROK.


Nurses; Licensure; Examination questions; Microbiology
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