I just switched to night shift and I personally like it much better. The night shift people are more relaxed about certain things and they work very well together. My first night shift was horrible, but it truely showed me how different the shifts are. Other nurses were coming to me asking me how they could help instead of me having to go beg people to help me.
The only thing I absolutely dread about is calling the doctors in the middle of the night... If you do work night shift and you have to call a doctor, do yourself (and the doctor) a favor and have everything together before you call. Know their last vitals, lab results, meds, etc. or else you will have a very tired and grumpy doctor yelling at you.
Like the person above me said, a lot of crap gets left for the night shift nurses to catch up on such as care plans
, dressing changes, tubing changes, etc. Day shift people seem to have this mentality that all night shift does is sit around and do nothing, but so far, I have been busier on night shift than I ever was on day shift.
On the up side, like I said earlier I actually do like night shift better. You just need to figure out what works for you. Right now I really have no specific sleeping pattern. So, if you are the type of person that has to have a specific amount of sleep at a specific time, then night shift is NOT for you. Another plus is shift diffs