Atlantic Caribbean Union

Nurses Visit ACUM

By Cheryl Rolle

As one of their many learning activities, a group of 11 nursing professionals enrolled in the Leadership for Change program visited the headquarters of the Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean region on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
Headed by Nurse Maggie Turner, Associate Professor in Nursing at the College of The Bahamas, the group toured the office building located on Gladstone Road, Nassau, Bahamas and interacted with Pastor Leonard Johnson, President of the Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean territory, who spoke about the change dynamics involved in the recent formation of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM), the organizational structure that oversees the work of the Adventist Church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Leadership for Change program, an initiative of the International Council of Nurses, was first offered in 1996 and funded by the Kellogg Foundation. In the Bahamas, the program is being offered in collaboration with the Nurses Association of the Bahamas and the College of The Bahamas. The aim of the program is to prepare nurses for management and leadership during health sector change and reform, enhancing their contribution to the health services.

Commenting on the purpose of the visit, Mrs. Turner explained, “One of the requirements of the program is that participants visit organizations that have undergone or are undergoing change to observe leadership styles and organizational culture and to interact with management on various areas of governance.”

ACUM was organized on November 29, 2010 as one of two Adventist regional administrative entities emerging from the dissolution of the 104-year-old West Indies Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It comprises three Conferences, one Mission, and six primary and secondary schools in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also co-owns and operates with the other Adventist regional office formed, the Jamaica Union Conference, one of the largest Seventh-day Adventist Universities worldwide - the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) - located in Mandeville, Jamaica.

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