Wow, great question.
I've worked both,
and i can see how you might see nights as a better option, because, if you have to, you can drag yourself to various daytime things.
however, do note the word "drag". WORKING NIGHTS IS LIKE A SNEAK PREVIEW INTO OLD AGE/EARLY ALZHEIMER.
for real. Unless your own particular circadian rhythm lends itself well to that shift, you do pay a high price health-wise, mental clarity wise, etc etc.
and, imo, family wise. Sure, you will "be there", but, YOU are not really all the way 'there', imo, or, lotsa ppl aren't really 'there' in a way. (some do pull this shift off Very well, but, many don't/can't).
and you are right, usually, at least once a week, you forego sleep for that 24 hour period entirely, or get very reduced amt of sleep, as you transition back to work, off work, on and on,
always just a bit 'off' from the rest of the world.
My kids once told me, after i'd gone to dayshift, "Oh wow, Mom, it's so nice you work days. All you used to talk about, was how much sleep you got, or didn't get, sleep sleep sleep talk allllll the time, it was so boring."
and they were right. I had devolved into a sleep-deprived person, always focusing on sleep....the way a really thirsty person can't quite pay att'n cuz they are always seeking out a drink of water.
but, on bright side,
on nightshift, there is, occasionally, a bit more time to learn various things, and sometimes, a slightly slower pace, etc, as a new nurse, that might be a plus.