I worked night shift for a whole year in a LTF.
The night shift for me had several benefits over the DAY and EVE shifts.
1. Less people - less problems
Working with a smaller crew of people creates a relationship with your co-workers that you will not see on the other shifts. Obviously, there is less personalities and egos to deal with, thus lesser chance for personal problems.
2. Autonomy and time management.
I, personally, find it easier to work when i am my own boss. At night, there is no families, PTs, and RCM, and you can prioritize care as you see fit. For example, on day shift activity or PT takes people that you know are due for toileting. At night, if you know your residents well, you can be very effective at what you do (providing toileting/changing in a timely manner). You can manage your time better since you are pretty much in-charge of your unit/section.
There are also downfalls to working night shift:
1. I developed social anxiety(partially caused by dark circles under my eyes), and my social life fell apart as a result of my schedule.
2. I developed chronic fatigue (we human's were not meant to stay up at night), night shift is hard on human body. In theory, you will have whole day to sleep/do your errands, but in reality, toward my 1 year anniversary, I was sleeping pretty much all day in between the shifts.
As far as a night shift as a whole:
I was constantly busy. In my view, there is no such thing as heavy wetters and light wetters. Incontinent people will pee up to 3-4 times a night. I was busy changing and turning people. In the facility where I worked, the req. was 3 rounds. My aim every night was to complete 3 rounds.
I hope this helps