A few days ago I was questioned about the colors used in this graphic I posted on the New Nurse Academy IG page.
I made this infograph on Canva in 2019 to illustrate the NCLEX-RN fail rates from January - March 2019.
"Why are the failed ones Black?" was the DM I received.
My response was that I used the dominate brand color for New Nurse Academy, gold, to be primary, and black as a supporting secondary color. The intention was not to indicate White vs. Black students.
I would have never thought this graphic would be interpreted as an implication that Black student Nurses fail at a higher rate than non-Black student Nurses.And I had to check my own implicit bias about the matter. And then as an Educator, I had to do some research to see what the facts are.
Per recent NCSBN stats, 86% of all eligible Nursing students in the United States who took the NCLEX-RN between January and March 2020 passed on the first try. That's 60,007 newly licensed Nurses of all race,creed, gender preferences and cultural backgrounds.
But how many were Black?
According to a study done by Williams, Bourgaut and Valenti (2018), the probability of underrepresented minority students (URM) passing the NCLEX on their first attempt is determined by barriers to completion, financial concerns, quality of faculty advising, quality of non-faculty teaching, and faculty gender representation.
Results of this study found the following:
In my research for this email, I didn't find an article with detailed racial statistics of exactly how many Black student Nurses failed the NCLEX within the past 5 years.
So I ask myself, does that statistic even matter? If I knew the numbers, what would it change?
If future Black Nurses are failing the NCLEX at a high rate on the 1st try, it delays the rate of Black Nurses entering the workforce. And the world needs Black Nurses, ASAP!
What can I do to help?