My nightstand is to the right of my bed. I prefer to sleep with my bed pushed up against the wall - it makes for one less decision when one wakes up in the morning.
Anyway, on the nightstand is:
1. A radio alarm clock
2. A small San Damiano cross
3. Little notes to myself, coins, bus tickets
4. The Imitation of Christ (I freely admit that I don't actually read it as much as I should - the edition I have has some wonderful 1950s illustrations, by the way)
5. My wristwatch and spectacles
I don't keep much stuff on my nightstand - my books I keep piled on the floor (or occasionally on my bookcases) and most of my knick-knacks are on my desk.