Please shadow. Here is an example of, well, most days for med-surg.
Depending on your unit, if it is med-surg (where many people start), you have 4-7 patients. You get in at 7. You get report until 8. At 8 you try to get the 8:00 meds done (not every night shift, but days will have breakfast meals and medications to do) and assess your patients - you may even get a chance to document on one or two. Perhaps you have a discharge or two to take care of, or maybe an admission. General med pass for everyone is 9-11 or whatever. You may wait in line to get the meds, you spend a minute or so pulling the meds, get the supplies you need to administer the meds (needles, syringes, tubing, med cups, something to drink), you get to each patients, get to the room, administer the meds. Total time is a minimum of a few minutes per patient, but can really pile up when you have 3+ IV abx scheduled for the same time and 1 "working" IV that is no longer working, so you gotta get a new one in and come back to the room to administer the next antibiotic if they are not compatible and set up a few piggybacks if they are. It is 11, there are the 12:00 meds at night, or meals and meds during the day. Somewhere before midnight you would hope to have done your wound care or other treatments, day shift treatments will be later because everyone is being sent to imaging/surgery/therapy and you need to sign the form. Everyone would have needed to go to the bathroom at least once, hopefully not on themselves. Vital signs! Make sure you checked or did those at 8 and 12. So, about 12, people get their lunch, 1 they need to go to the bathroom again - though night shift some may start to sleep soon. Day shift often have 2pm meds. After 2, much of the time, you can start to document those assessments you did at 8. Perhaps you get a lunch break. Perhaps you have more discharges. 4 is vitals again, and your discharge/admission. 5 is time for the 6:00 meds and dinner and hoping you have time to check to make sure you've done everything. 7 you get to give report to all the nurses on your patients, and some of them will ask about the stuff you forgot/missed).