I agree with Tricia, I recently made the switch to night shift from evening shift. What a difference! The night shift crew on my floor work much better as a team than did the nurses on evening shift. I tried to be a team player, but it is hard when no one offers their assistance when you are busy and they are sitting there playing solitaire on the computer!!!!! After a while, I stopped offering this nurse my help. She is one of the big reasons that I decided to go on nights.
Night shift is busy at times but then again there are no doctors writing umpteen new orders that you must implement at 10pn at night or family members calling you at 3 am to check on the condition of their loved one. I don't mind speaking to family members but it does get frustrating when you have told several different family members the same information about their loved one. It takes away from my time with my other 5 patients. On Night shift, I care for up to eight patients. There are two Aides to assist with call-lights, Vitals, etc.
So far, I love night shift!
Just my two cents! Kelly