my manager is best friends with a staff nurse in our unit who gets to be the charge nurse when the manager is gone. The manager has no spine and on several occasions during our daily meeting, has let staff members yell at each other or at her and just puts on a smile and acts overly cheerful as if nothing has happened. She is very concerned about people flexing out when it is slow, but her best friend clocks in 15 minutes early and stays late. I have been on call and there is the bff playing on the computer or talking on the phone. Why? When I asked, it was because "she just wanted to stay in case I needed help." Oh gee, I'm in a room or running to the ER to get my pt, or setting up my room, and she is on the computer. What a waste of money. Her bff took 3 days to do inventory on 1 cart and somehow we managed to do the rest of inventory of the entire department in 2-1/2 days. The manager just turns her head and ignores the problems going on. some of the staff are job hunting. If you are going to be a manager, you need to be knowledgeable, professional, and have a backbone.