Title: Nurse, Educator, Nursing Administrator, Consultant
Company: Santa Barbara City College
Location: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Barbara Lang Gutmann, nurse practitioner, educator, and administrator has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing.
Backed by more than four decades of professional experience, Mrs. Gutmann has been successful in her career because of her true desire to make a positive impact on others. Known for her integrity and expertise in nursing, Mrs. Gutmann excels today as a consultant for healthcare and nursing education and as a community service volunteer. She has worked in these capacities after establishing her reputation of excellence in her field.
Her previous noteworthy roles include Director of Nursing Education and Nursing Administration at several Santa Barbara convalescent hospitals, as well as Health Administrator at a local continuing care facility. She has also served as staff nurse at Stanford University Hospital, a school nurse teacher at various private and public schools, and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Niagara Community College.
To prepare for a career in the field of nursing, Mrs. Gutmann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Niagara University in 1956. Shortly thereafter she and her husband served in the U. S. Peace Corps in India. They worked in a health center where they lived and worked to alleviate, in a small way, the poverty in their community located in rural southern India. Several locals noted that the couple treated people equally, regardless of the reigning caste system. They were instrumental in creating local integration of disenfranchised people. Reflecting on her professional journey, Mrs. Gutmann notes that the Peace Corps service was one of the highlights of her career.
Upon returning to the United States, she was inspired to drive even more impact. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of New York, Buffalo, and became certified by the California Nurses Association. She has served as a volunteer nurse in the shelters established by the Red Cross during local emergencies. Over time she has organized local CPR classes and taught over fifty of them.
Over the years, Mrs. Gutmann has held memberships and Board positions with a number of community organizations, including the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake where she recently researched, organized, and continues to serve as a presenter in the popular “Living Bat Program” which is presented weekly in the summer. She has also served on the BOD of Friendship Center of Santa Barbara (a day care center for the elderly and disabled), and Friendship Force of Santa Barbara. As she looks ahead, Mrs. Gutmann intends to continue in her tremendous work while taking on volunteer passion projects in her community.
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