DUNCAN, Okla._A nurse from Duncan Regional Hospital has been recognized by the March of Dimes as Charge Nurse of the Year.
April Adams works in the hospital's birth center. She was one of 20 nurses recognized in the state in various specialties. She received the honor September 17 after her boss recognized Adams' exceptional leadership. A total of 500 nurses were nominated for the award, with finalists being selected by the March of Dimes. The winner of the charge nurse category was announced during a ceremony in Norman where Adams' learned she was the recipient of the prestigious award.
Adams says she never saw this coming. She says she was thrilled about being named a finalist and was over the moon when she was announced as the winner.
Adams, along with her husband and mom, was at the March of Dimes ceremony, an experience she says was picture perfect.
"It was like what I would imagine an Academy Awards ceremony would be," Adams said.
She says darkening the doors of the ceremony was intimidating. Then her name was called.
"I looked across the table and my co-worker was like, 'April, that's you that's you.' And my husband was like that's your name and tried to get out of the chair. But I think I was frozen," Adams recalled.
After realizing it was her name called, Adams' says she was overcome with emotion.
"I wanted to cry, it was a very emotional moment. In 22 years of nursing, this is the most incredible honor I've ever received," she said.
She says a career in nursing is something she's always been passionate about, and says she's honored to serve.
"I don't know if I chose nursing, I think nursing chose me. It is a field I have absolutely not one time regretted. Delivering babies and empowering women to do something they couldn't even imagine their bodies could do and believing in themselves, it's truly a calling," she said.
Adams says the award is a symbol of the hard work nurses put in each day, and she has message for her fellow colleagues.
"Believe in yourself and work together with your coworkers. There is more power with all of you than just one. You can lead by example and make decisions for change," she said.