I posted this before on an old thread:
1. Normal sleeping pattern
2. More adequately staffed (some hospital have different nurse/patient ratio for RNS and CNAs for days and nights)
3. More resources (you have the Admit nurse, SWAT nurse, IV nurse, wound nurse, MDs, case manager, social worker, PT, OT, etc.)
4. See number 1.
1. Most hospital activities happen during days (procedures, Doctors' rounds-which include new orders, Discharges, etc)
2. You also have to deal with patients' relatives (not that it's a bad thing, but some of them can give you a hard time)
Nights: (Pretty much the opposite of days)
1. Night shift differential pay
2. Less procedures are done at night
1. Messed up sleeping pattern (very important if you have family/kids)
2. Less staff resources.
3. You need to call or sometimes wake up physicians to get an order. You cannot really address all patient problems unless it's urgent.
4. Depending on the hospital, some routines are done during nights --IV tubing change, IV site change, Routine lab draws (usually done early AM. Some patients are nurse draws. You also need to address abnormal lab results), chart audit, central line dressing change, foley catheter change, etc