Visiting Nurse Association’s Kenna Hutson could be forgiven for saying “nursing rocks” because most of her life as a child was spent dreaming, some day, of becoming an archeologist.
It was her father, a physicist, who pulled Kenna aside during her senior year in high school and informed her that the “Indian Jones journey” was likely to lead to more teaching than exploring. He suggested she give nursing a try, and she listened. But not immediately.
In 1983, she attended the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, but Kenna withdrew in her first year shortly after Thanksgiving to pursue other interests in her life.
It wasn't until 1989 that she’d return to nursing. She reenrolled at the Jewish Hospital’s School of Nursing, and she graduated in 1994.
Kenna worked as a nurse’s aide while in school, so she found a job right away in a 120-bed nursing facility in Florissant, Missouri - just north of St. Louis City. But, after a few years she followed her parents who had moved to Columbia, Missouri.
For the next decade, Kenna worked as an ICU nurse in Columbia. She then returned to the St. Louis area and worked as a ICU nurse at a regional hospital.