As a lab assistant at SAMC, my shift started at 8 pm and ended at 8 am the following morning. I would clock in, gather my tray, grab labels from the counter, and go to various floors of hospital collecting specimens for testing. I had one co-worker that worked alongside me during my shift and we formed a strong friendship. The hardest part of the job was collecting specimens in a timely manner whenever there wasn't enough people to cover the shift. You would either make it or don't make it. Another hard part of the job was balancing sleep, life outside the job, and work. I worked 3rd shift for little over 2 years and my body did not like it. I enjoyed my job, but the stress it was putting on my body was too much. I took my doctors advice, quit my job, and started looking elsewhere.
great benefits, and awesome job security
short breaks (well sometimes no breaks), little help when productivity is low