I took a job working nights right out of school because it was in the area I wanted (ICU) at the hospital I wanted, with an awesome orientation. I was totally not into it and went into night shift thinking that I was going to transfer to days as soon as the first 6-month probationary period was up. Well, it's going on a a year and I'm still on nights and I LOVE it!!! You get paid more, it is generally more laid back (no administration....plus our night time ast. manager is AWESOME!), only the essential staff is there, and the night crew is simply great. I don't know if it is just where I work or if night crews are generally more laid back, but it really fits with my personality. I work 12 hour shifts (7p-7a), and generally work at least one extra shift per pay period. I like to work them all in a row (M-W or M-Th), I almost ALWAYS have weekends off (our hospital has a dedicated night-weekend staff), and I generally feel like it's a pretty sweet gig. One drawback is that if you switch back to a 'regular' schedule on your days off you feel kinda zombie-like for that first day. But I have learned how to manage my sleep, and don't forget that you can always hang out with your other night shifters!!! Many a time we have gone out after work or planned a night-time get-together that fits our schedule. Just find what works for you!
Now, don't get me wrong, it's not all fun and games. There's that time period between 5 and 7 that I like to call the 'Witching Hour' , where the floor nurses go and check on sleeping patients only to find out they are blue in the face and in serious resp/cardiac/etc distress. It can get busy somtimes. Plus you always run the risk of being understaffed and having less staff to back you up when things go bad. The positive aspect of this, though, is that you learn to be creative, resourceful, and think on your feet. I think night shift has taught me all the basic stuff - skills, time management, communication (try calling a MD at 3 am! Your SBAR better be spot on!), but it also teaches you to be thrifty, independent and super resourceful. You have to think twice about what you really need when you would have to call the house supervisor or traipse around the hospital to find it. (I digress......)
Anyway, give it a try. I did and loved it. I plan on staying for awhile. You might just love it too!