As someone that has worked days, eve, and nights. I believe that this is the way it goes. Every shift thinks that they have it toughest. This is not limited to the nursing field either! And, of course, night shift doesn't do anything....yea, right! I mainly work days. However, I know from experience that patients do not go home at 7pm, so, there is still a lot of work to do. Plus, you have to deal with a lot of angry patients that do not want to wake up at 4am to take a shower so that it is "fair" to the day shift crew.
I think day shift has the benefit of working closer to management, since management works days only, so they may be more familiar with the day shift crew and thus, have management's "ear" a little more. This does give them a little more power.
My advice...put yourself in the other shift's shoes. You come on, no one is up. Family will be coming in and they will blame the day shift employee because "momma is still in bed in her night gown. You people don't care. I'm gonna sue!" Meanwhile, you are frantically going from room to room, cleaning, dressing, trying to "catch up", call lights keep going off because everyone wants to be up and dressed for their family, but time has ran out. Now, trays have arrived on the floor!!! You decide to get up a couple more residents. While doing this room # ***'s family arrives to see her tray just sitting there. They are about to have an aneurism. So, to make them happy you apologize (because according to management you can't say that you are short staffed...that is a NO NO) and begin feeding that resident while that family watches you (it's not their job to help their loved one! so they will tell you). While feeding that patient, you get paged to room # *** where another family is upset because their loved one is still in bed and now is soiled. A valid complaint, but you are just one person. One person that can not tell the truth and say that they are understaffed. One person that had no control over the events during the night. One person that is doing his best. One person that came into nursing because they truly love helping others. One person that does things for another family's loved one, such as clean them after a bowel movement, that the family does not even want to do themselves. And yet, they look at you as if you just don't care.
And so, do YOUR best, put the patients first, put yourself in the other shift's shoes, stay AWAY from floor politics, and get involved with the politics of nursing. Nursing is a powerful force. If united, nurses could get mandatory pt to nurse ratios! Healthcare is a business. This is a good and bad thing. Because it can be very profitable, we see a lot of technological advancement and cures for diseases; however, because it is profitable, we see unsafe pt/nurse ratios.