I am so frustrated with my staff. I have 12 direct reports and my direct reports have about 80 nurses. I just started this job in April and no ones performance evaluations have been completed since 2009. Hard to complain when my boss is my predecessor, he did not do anything. I was monitoring my direct reports, time & attendance to determine if nurse managers are being consistent with coaching. Well come to find out one nurse had major attendance issues. 75% of the time was late absent or leaving early. No one has held her accountable. So I tell my direct report she needs to deal with her. (Write up), she ask for my help and I consult legal & HR. since there was no prior documentation, legal advised a formal verbal warning & initation of performance plan. Everything went smooth, the nurses has no doubt of her expectations. Here where it gets interesting, the same nurse came to me to file an administrative complaint against her supervisor. My direct report send a text message to a non manager nurse stating that I went easy on her direct report with her attendance issue because the nurse "hit my soft spot" saying her children had been sick. Funny thing is the text message went to her direct report the one that she was talking about versus the nurse that it was intended for. Now we have a huge mess. 1. Confidentiality violation2. Innappropriate manager relationship 3. Talking crap about me when I was the one who brought this to her attention I am very frustrated at this point & disappointed in my nurse. Any feedback would be great.