Celebrating Goldie Brangman at 100 Years of Age
Friday, September 29, 2017
Nurse anesthetist icon, Goldie D. Brangman, CRNA, MEd, MBA, turns 100 years old on Monday, October 2nd. Ms. Brangman is truly an accomplished CRNA and educator, and has been an exceptional mentor for others all over the world.
Brangman served as President of NYSANA from 1960-1961. NYSANA now honors her with The Goldie Brangman Award, which acknowledges excellent student research.
Ms. Brangman is the first and only African American President of the AANA. Her career exemplifies her history as a devoted activist in the nurse anesthesia profession. She is author of numerous papers on anesthesia care and co-authored the book, "Medical Aspects of Drug Abuse". She and two other specialty nurse leaders were written about in "The Path We Trod", a book focusing on Blacks in nursing through the 1950s to the 1980s.
For her time as director of the School of Anesthesia at Harlem Hospital in New York, Goldie Brangman was recognized for her leadership in education when she was honored with AANA's Outstanding Educator Award. Her response was to decline full credit, and ask her students to "stand and share this moment with me."
At "retirement" in 1985, she transitioned to full time volunteer work for the American Red Cross, and served as one of a few national faculty for HIV education for the American Red Cross. She has been a AANA member for over 65 years, and still attends meetings. Learn more by reading Evan Koch's interview with Goldie from 2001 here.