About Shelly Burke
Shelly dreamed of being an author since she was a little girl. She still has “manuscripts” she wrote while she was in grade school! Shelly wrote fiction as a child, although she now writes non-fiction. Shelly also knew she wanted to be a nurse from the time she was a young girl; her dolls were dotted from their ink pen “shots” and bandaged from their injuries and “surgeries.”
Shelly began her nursing career in 1989 working at a psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. During the next several years worked on a heart monitoring (telemetry) unit and as Inservice Coordinator in a long-term care facility. After their children were born, Shelly worked very part time in home health, as a college instructor, and private doing duty nursing. She’s now enjoying her “perfect job” in nursing as a private duty nurse, working for a wonderful family in a home just a few miles from where she lives. She chooses the days she works—no weekends or holidays!
Shelly has had articles published in many magazines, including RN, Nursing, The Nebraska Nurse, Livestock Plus, Childbirth Instructor, Baby Magazine, and Woman’s Day. She is currently the State Editor for Nebraska Family Times.
Shelly has self-published several books; How to Find Your Perfect Job in Nursing (with Martha Whited, RN), Home is Where the Mom Is; A Christian Mom’s Guide to Caring for Herself, Her Family, and Her Home, and will publish What Should I Say? Finding the Right Words for Life’s Stickiest, Trickiest, Most Uncomfortable Situations, early this summer. She also worked with friends to publish Chaplain’s Corner; A Collection of Articles from The Nebraska Legionnaire 1986-1988 and 1990-2001.
Shelly has ideas for several more books, and plans to publish one every year.
Shelly and her high-school sweetheart, Tim, have two children; Cody, age 15, and Morgan, 13. So far she and Tim are enjoying (for the most part!) having two teenagers in the house! Tim raises cattle and Cody and Morgan show the cattle at shows throughout the country, almost every weekend between March and August.