Barbara Lumpkin, who spent more than four decades advocating for nurses in Tallahassee and had her name affixed to a 2016 law, died Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Florida Hospital Association. She was 81.
The Ohio native received a nursing degree in 1958 and spent 16 years as a clinical nurse before moving to Florida in 1974 to work for the Florida Nurses Association.
She joined Baptist Health South Florida in 2007.
Lumpkin “built the foundation for a strong presence for nurses in the health policy arena in our state as well as nationally,”