JMO (just my opinion), but if you do decide to go to your supervisor with this situation that you think may jeapordize patient care, be careful to go in with a big list of things this girl did wrong. The supervisor may ask you, if in fact the list contains potentially patient threatening actions, why you waited to amass an entire list and didn't come to her with the first patient endangering occurance. Only you know what is going on, and she may need some guidance. Good luck!
I was the Nursing Supervisor! No one felt comfortable talking to me. Everyone is so busy playing a political game, I got so many different reputations that I can't even believe it.
The Nursing Supervisor is not necessairily a suck up to administration at all. After a year, I probably went to the DON three times. Why? I solved the problem and feel no need to report anything but a real problem that I want resolved.
This really is how the DON and Administrator take a Nursing Supervisor. They have no clue who's side you are on. You do have staff that you are nice to, always. They don't know where your alliance really is, them or staff. You get a lot of responsibility for every shift. Every single problem is shipped your way. You can't make a mistake. There are people who gossip about the Nursing Supervisor, as if a dog went to nursing school, not me.
Any decent Nursing Supervisor never betrays sources of information where poor patient care or serious areas of concern are. I have always left names out of everything, but do insist that something changes, if I can't make it happen myself, which is easy and I do.
Let me tell you fact, it sucks being Nursing Supervisor!!