Yep, I understand your frustration. Like Kguill, I also thought that the night shift didn't do anything but tidy up, put equipment in the room for first cases, and then sit around and watch TV...until I went to nights. There were only two of us on nights, and we were tasked with emptying the autoclave, putting away the items we pulled out of the autoclave and running another load if warranted, gassing the cameras/scopes for the next day's cases, checking crash carts, testing each autoclave, running biological checks, cleaning/testing the Steris machine, checking the Malignant Hyperthermia cart, checking every case cart, setting up every room, wiping down every cord on each anesthesia monitor, putting away extra supplies off of the return cart (this was a HUGE task, as the day shift would put their supplies on a return cart because they didn't have time between cases to put supplies away), pulling gloves and suture for every case, checking every pt chart for consents, labs, EKGs, current H&Ps and flagging the charts that lacked any of the required paperwork. We also had to re-stock every OR (we had 25), check the par levels, take out excess and tidy up every room. If we had a case going, we would have to do all of this after the case. I was exhausted after my long night!