Quote from calivianya
It's pretty much the exact same as a day job. You have all of the same tasks to do. The biggest difference between day shift and night shift is the amount of times patients call out for help... it's usually less frequent during the night because at least some of the patients are sleeping. Night shift is basically more pay for less work. You can't beat that.
I found day and night shift to be VERY different in LTC. Not as different in a hospital. In LTC on days you are getting people up, showering and bathing them, dressing them, feeding them, getting them to activities, and dealing with families and management, so its just a lot more work.
Night shift was usually a lot slower aside from having to continually do wet checks and repositioning. You no sooner got done with your rounds and it was time to start over again some nights.
Then at nights you have the sundowners who want to roam the halls all night or go to the bathroom every hour.
One thing I never had to do when I worked nights was give people showers. That sounds horrible to me, rousing people out of bed at 5 or 6 in the morning to give them a shower? geez.
Usually the only time I gave someone a shower is if they had somewhere to be first thing in the morning or they were an incontinent mess in the morning and were in the bathroom anyway and it was a shower day for them.