At a medical clinic, you may be responsible for not only patient care, but also for scheduling doctors, nurses, and medical support staff. Most healthcare organizations have a variety of job positions that require specific skills and different work schedules. A unit in an organization may prefer pattern scheduling where the staff commits to work a set number of shift types (day, evening, night) in a given time period while other organizations may choose preference scheduling where the staff defines individual preference for shift types.
Staff scheduling software for medical clinics must take into account the availability of qualified personnel, preferences for particular days, shifts, and units, and regulatory and union requirements. Regulatory and union requirements often govern the number of hours that can be worked as well as the minimum time off between shifts. Government regulations in some regions mandate nurse-to-patient ratios and healthcare organizations must prove, by means of staffing reports, that those requirements are being met.