Kaleigh Krebs begins new role as FNP at Gordon Memorial Hospital

On August 15, 2019, Kaleigh Krebs officially began her new career as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Gordon Memorial Hospital. In May 2010, she began her employment at GMH as a Registered Nurse, and worked as an RN for six and a half years before returning to school to complete her DNP. “Becoming an FNP was not always the goal, I was content being an RN, but eventually I got bored and decided I needed a new challenge,” Krebs stated.

Krebs, born and raised in Gordon, attended Chadron State College after graduation and received a Bachelors Degree in Ag Business with a Minor in Animal Science. She says she always had an interest in the healthcare profession, and was a member of the Medical Explorers Club at Gordon High School. During an opportunity to job shadow Sherri Otte in the Operating Room at GMH, she recalled a friend coming in for care. “I still remember to this day one of my friends came in from volleyball practice and had split their eyebrow open. I was able to watch Dr. Hutchins suture up her eyebrow. I have been hooked on healthcare ever since,” she remembered. That interest in a healthcare profession led her to Oglala Lakota College, where she completed another Bachelors Degree in Nursing.

After working as an RN for over six years, Kaleigh set her sights on a new goal: returning to school to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In the spring of 2019, Kaleigh did just that, and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. Initially, Kaleigh had her sights set on Pediatrics, but recognized the need in the community for additional providers throughout their life span, so she chose to specialize in family practice.

Krebs says her favorite part of her new role as a DNP is serving the community where she grew up. “I also really enjoy all the clinic’s patients, everyone has welcomed me with open arms,” she added. While she says that transitioning from the RN to DNP role has been challenging, she feels she has begun to manage that aspect of the job better. “With the help of my nurse Jolene Kuhn, Dr. Charging Thunder, Cassie Banks DNP, Ronda Larson PA-C, and all the staff at GMH, my transition has went well.”

Kaleigh is the daughter of Rod and Donna Johnson of Gordon. She and her husband, Ty, live on a ranch north of Gordon with their three children, Sage, Kynsleigh, and Kashlyn. Their children enjoy attending the National Junior Hereford Expo each summer, where they compete in numerous competitions including the speech contest, 5K, judging contest, fitting competition, Queen’s tea, and showmanship.