Assistant professor of nursing Robin Adams-Weber has taught at Malone for eight years. She teaches Nutrition and Health, Medical-Surgical Nursing and facilitates clinicals. During the summer she works with masters students teaching women’s health. In addition to teaching, Adams-Weber is a practicing women’s health nurse practitioner.
Aviso: Tell us about yourself and family.
Adams-Weber: I’m married to my wonderful husband, for 22 years. He works with the State Fire Marshall’s office. His partner is a canine who lives in our house like a pet. We have three children ages 27, 19, [and] six. We love animals and I would eventually love to have a cat shelter. We also have a lab as a pet, 2 kitties—one is a hairless cat named Beemer for the motorcycle, and the other is a tiger kitty. I’m partial to hurt animals so we always have animals around—we have a little hospice center for animals.
Aviso: What drew you to the field of nursing and how long have you been in this field?
Adams-Weber: I’ve been practicing nursing since 1983. What originally drew me to nursing was [that] I wanted to help people, and I thought this would be a great way to serve God’s people, whether here in the states or overseas. Now Malone is my mission field, and so are my clients I see as a nurse practitioner.
Aviso: How did you end up at Malone?
Adams-Weber: I’ve been at Malone for eight years. I was working in a county health department and we would have students come through and I enjoyed working with them, so I thought I might want to start teaching and that’s how I started teaching. I got started at Malone because it was the only Christian based university close enough to apply to.
Aviso: Do you have a memorable nursing story you can share?
Adams-Weber: I was working as a flight nurse and I was transporting a gentleman in the witness protection program. When we were up in the air—to make a long story short—I was trying to make him more comfortable and the FBI agent woke up and thought I was choking him and he pulled a gun on me! At the time it was scary, but now it’s funny!
Aviso: What might students be surprised to know about you?
Adams-Weber: I have my motorcycle license and I enjoy riding them. I don’t have a motorcycle right now because I made a deal with my husband, I sold my motorcycle to get a Sphynx—[a] hairless cat. My husband and I enjoy riding in the area and we take time for ourselves in the summer to go to North Carolina and ride the Dragon [an 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves]. We go for a week and camp and ride.
Aviso: If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?
Adams-Weber: If I could do anything, I would remain in teaching but I would be working overseas in a third world country trying to help them start a nursing program, working to help nurses learn new skills…or a race car driver!
Aviso: Since it’s award show season, what do think is the best movie of the year?
Adams-Weber: I’m really not a movie watcher, so I really don’t know what’s out there!