My current manager is awesome. She'll answer call bells, help toilet patients, help with bed baths, etc. She wears scrubs
to work everyday so she can pitch in when needed. She has a candy jar with chocolate we can help ourselves to
. She truly wants us to call her on weekends and the middle of the night if we need help and the higher ups are ignoring us.
My last manager was the exact opposite. It took us time to get used to the fact that our current manager really wants us to call her. Our old one would have been ticked at us bothering her and would have told us to deal with it. My old one was also petty and vindictive at times.
As for charge nurses- I certainly have ones I prefer and others that I tolerate because I have to.
So it's been a pretty even split of good and not so good managers/charges. I also had a career before nursing and I really didn't like my manager with that career. I definitely was thrown under the bus a couple of times with them. So bad/unpleasant managers aren't restricted to nursing- you'll get all types.