CARU leaders joins in celebrating the Nursing profession

07 Dec 2020 | CARU Communications

As part of the Year of the Nurses and Widwife, the Health Ministries Department recently of the South Caribbean Conference and the Tobago Mission held a day of recognition for Nurses across the nation on Sabbath November 28, 2020. The three hours live online service was very engaging, informative and inspiring and was described as a 'beautiful service' by several persons. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) had designated 2020 as the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,” in honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Year of the Nurse is recognized under the auspices of the International Council of Nurses, the federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, representing the more than 27 million nurses across the globe. 

According to the Britannica website, Florence Nightingale, byname Lady with the Lamp was born May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy and died on August 13, 1910, in London, England having lived a rich life of service as a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer. She is credited with being the foundational philosopher of modern nursing profession. (

In his address, Dr Alexander Isaac, Health Ministries Director of the Union expressed delight at a landmark event of honouring those who have served in health Ministries. Dr Isaac indicated that the seventh day Adventist Church is the largest non-profit healthcare provider in the world. He also indicated that health is an integral part of the Church's activities. Dr Isaac also indicated and commended the service offered by the two healthcare institutions within the Caribbean Union.

The Union President Dr Kern Tobias in his address congratulated all the 21st century Florence Nightingales, for their calling compassion and commitment. In his address he reminded the audience they have two models, Jesus Christ and Florence Nightingale. Pastor Tobias' address was engaging as he shared anecdotes and stories of a life lived in service. 

Addresses were also made by Sis Victoria Decoteau, Health Ministries Director, SCC and Pastor Richard Frederick, Health Director of the Tobago Mission. Both Pastor Leslie Moses and Pastor Tony Mapp President of the South Caribbean  Conference and the Tobago Mission respectively also made addresses to the audience. 

On behalf of the local Health Ministry, Dr. Adesh Sirjusignh Director of Women's Health at the Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago gave a short address to the audience. 

Several retired and active nurses, administrators and leaders were part of the Sabbath Morning program. The Lesson Study was conducted by Dr Elithia Deane, CEO of ASC Compliance, USA and the featured speaker was Dr. Oscar Ocho, Director of the UWI School of Nursing, St.Augustine.

We give thanks to the local Trinidad & Tobago Nurses Association and other nurses and health care professionals across the Caribbean Union for the tremendous service being rendered to the various Caribbean nations during the ongoing Pandemic.