I really need to vent here. I have been a med surg nurse for 4 years. Up until about the last 6 months, I have pretty much enjoyed my job. I do have a couple of concerns that really piss me off, and I sometimes want to talk to the DON, but then sometimes I think I am just overreacting and need to just accept things as they are.1) I do not think LVNs should orient new RNs.2) One of the PM nurses spends the first 30-60 minutes of the shift in the NM office talking about other nurses, mistakes, problems, etc. they have almost a sickening relationship. Thisi PM nurse is now usually charge with few to no patients. The NM will not let any other PM nurse orient new staff except her. Even if she is orienting 3 or 4 nurses at a time. This PM nurse does not like to take patients, etc. She is also intimidating to new nurses. After only 1 or 2 days, she basically sets them on their own and doesn't follow or help much. Due to the new ratio laws, we need have a PM charge nurse position open...full time, 80 hours a p/p. This PM nurse asked the NM "Do I even have to apply for this position, or do I already have it?" The NM said, you will get it, but it is full time. "The PM nurse only works 60 hours a p/p and will not do more. This PM nurse thrives on other people's mistakes. If a patient has a tiny complaint, she goes in, makes it all better, feeds off of it, then tells the nurse how much the patient complained about him/her. As charge with no patients, she does not help. she complains about how bored she is...NO JOKE! She spends plenty of time reading magazines and going out to smoke. I cannot take it.3)The nurse manager......She does not speak to us, does not say HI when passing us in the hall. The only words she has ever spoken to me are: You are getting an admit...or The lottery is up to 30 million, do you want in? or...I have some packets for you to fill out.....or I think she knows what she's doing, she doesn't need your help.....or then she goes behind my back to report things. She will say things within my ear shot such as "I will jsut leave this here for HER To clean up then". but never says a word to me. If I ask her to start an IV that I can't get, she tells me to call the doctor to put in a central line. Me and several other nurses feel we cannot approach her. She either looks at us with a blank, evil stare when we tell her things, or does not follow up when we have issues that need taken care of. The only person she talks to is that PM nurse...and about everything. I want to go to the DON, but i don't really see what could be done or how it could possible help things. Thanks for listening.