COLUMBUS, Neb. -- A Columbus nurse is receiving recognition from her employer for exemplary service to her community.

Carrie Prokopec, a nurse in Columbus Community Hospital’s emergency department, recently won the Service Over Self award.

The award recognizes hospital staff who volunteer in Columbus and the surrounding communities. It celebrates, supports and encourages volunteer activities while recognizing staff's positive impact on their communities.

Prokopec currently volunteers as president of the board of directors for the Center for Survivors. As a board member, she has helped with everything from fundraising efforts to developing agency policies and procedures.

She also provides specific services to victims of sexual assault as a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). As the lead SANE, Prokopec is an integral part of the coordinated response team’s protocol in responding to victims of sexual assault.

Sue Deyke, emergency room director at the hospital, nominated Prokopec for the award.

In her nomination letter, Deyke said, “Carrie guides the team with a trauma-informed approach designed to provide victims with a sense of dignity and grace during an impossibly difficult time. She is truly dedicated to the health and well-being of our community, and we are blessed and thankful for her time, commitment and service.”

Prokopec received the award on Friday, Sept. 16.