Medical staff schedule is most complicated because of the
vast number of rules and policies they have to follow. For example:
Each employee has to have
minimum rest after certain shifts and longer rest after other shifts.
Some shifts can be combined
and other shifts cannot follow certain shifts.
Some shifts have higher
priority while some shifts can be filled on a standby basis.
Overtime control to limit
the amount of overtime.
Allocating employees with
specific skill set to specific shifts.
Assigning trainees to
shifts without taking away other staff.
Accommodating to all these rules, policies and limitations
takes time and a lot of skill and can be assisted by some software, but only
the ones who can handle the task.