Free Fair Nurse Scheduling and Other Healthcare Scheduling With ScheduleDrafter


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Fair Nurse Scheduling. Fair Healthcare Scheduling.

Fridays for Fridays. Weekends for weekends. When the schedule is fair, no points are exchanged. When the schedule is unfair, Friday night for a Wednesday day, weekdays for weekends, nights for days, dinner time for lunch. Points are exchanged. Scheduledrafter is leading the evolution to fairer and more transparent scheduling. The market is open. Any trade or schedule is possible and acceptable. Why? Because the point system balances it in the end. No longer will you have to beg your nurses to work that extra shift on a Friday. No longer will you have to beg for overnights. Your nurses will take unwanted shifts happily because they are rewarded with points, and points are rewarded with preference in following schedules. If your nurses are not valuable to your operations, then by all means continue with whatever you currently use. On the other hand, if you want to show them the respect they deserve and treat them in a fair and transparent manner. Scheduledrafter welcomes you.

Scheduledrafter Was Born From Healthcare.

Our founder is an Emergency Medicine Physician. His wife is an Emergency Medicine Nurse. His mother was a floor and psychiatric ward nurse. Scheduledrafter developed from the pains of shift work and all its nuances and difficulties.

Easy Management of Night Nurses, Differentials and Different Locations.

Do you have night workers? No problem. Simply create a “night” position for them. “Night Nurse” for example. Then set your minimum and maximum hours according to who works those shifts the most. Your true night people get the highest maximum hours for night positions and maybe even minimum hours. They may not have any “Day Nurse” hours. The users that fill in those positions will only receive a small amount of max hours at that position. Weekends, same thing.

Multiple locations. Just need new positions. “Night Nurse South” is the night nurse at the south location. Fill in workers receive only small amounts of max hours. Or maybe the same max hours but the regular workers of the position receive min hours. Both settings are respected by Autoscheduler.

Be careful. If you have night nurses mixed in with your day nurses on the same schedule, they will likely accumulate points. This seems fair. If a set of users works the majority of the least desirable shifts on a schedule, the system will give them the majority of the points.

If you don’t want your night nurses to have all the points and subsequently first pick, then you will have to split the schedule into two schedules with two different point systems. The difficulty then will be checking conflicts. Currently, Scheduledrafter does not check for interschedule conflicts. Another option would be to give them “Last Pick” status and have them choose last.

Set Minimum and Maximum Hours for Every Employee. Minimize payroll and maximize productivity.

Scheduledrafter allows managers to set the minimum and maximum hours for each employee at each position. Max hours are the max hours a user can receive for the scheduling period for that position. Minimum hours are the minimum hours a user must receive for a position for a scheduling period.

Autoscheduler adheres to these rules when crafting the schedule, balancing payroll with productivity.


Experiment yourself or hand over control to a new manager and experience their creativity. Let your employees mock up their own visions of the schedule on Scheduledrafter and show it off. Our test users join every schedule and are free to use. They happily join every schedule, instantaneously. Experiment with different minimum hours, maximum hours, position types, First Picks, Last Picks and encourage your managers to experiment with them.

Let the Games Begin.

Nurses in a schedule rule over their own schedules. They choose their sacrifices. They work nights and holidays to not work weekends. They work the two nights in the psych ward to not work three nights on the floor. They work all nights one month, so as not to work any the next month. Sacrificing preference for control or control for preference. Each nurse in a schedule earns and loses points from their “play”. As users accept less desired schedules, they earn points. When users accept more desired schedules, they lose points. Points dictate the schedule. Fair. Simple. Infinitely gameable.

Points Determine Pickorder.

Like every kindergartener knows. Being first is everything. At scheduledrafter, no need for shoving, pushing, complaining, or emailing. Each user controls their destiny. Most points. Front of the line. Least points. Back of the line. Their place in line is determined by a point system. Points accrue as schedules complete. If a user receives the best (weekdays and mornings normally), then they pay for that desirable schedule in points. If they receive the worst (working nights and weekends), they are rewarded for their hard schedule with points. In the next schedule, Autoscheduler gives preference to users at the front of the line i.e. users with the most points. Likely the user with the best schedule before will get the worst schedule next.

Users Determine Points.

Who determines the point system? Your nurses. They tell us what they think of the schedule on Ranklist. Scheduledrafter then uses advanced algorithms and statistical norms to allocate points. High ranking schedules cost points. Low ranking schedules are awarded with points. When scheduling work, normally the weekday mornings are the most desirable. Therefore weekdays and mornings cost the most points. Working nights and weekends earns points. If for some reason that is reversed at your hospital, don’t worry, the algorhythms will figure that out and reverse the point system. If all the sudden nurses hate working the psych ward, then the points system will represent that.

Automated Scheduling.

Hands off.. schedulers can be as hands off as they want. Once the schedule is templated, Autoscheduler, Ranklist, and your nurses handle the rest.

Autoscheduler takes into account every user’s preferences and points as it works through a schedule. Points dictate user pick hierarchy. Ranklist conveys user pick preference. Managers just “Set it and forget it” as Roncoe used to say. The less manual manipulation by managers, the fairer the game. First pick, Normal and Last Pick settings for each user allow different levels of users, so a scheduler can put their senior, normal, and per diem users on different points systems.

The Evolution of Scheduling.

Most schedulers also run their nursing wards… Integrating the cutting edge theories and techniques of scheduling should be Scheduledrafter’s job not theirs. Scheduling is hard… Computational complexity theory designates it NP-hard. Non-deterministic polynomial-time, hard to be exact. Beneath the skin of scheduledrafter hides all that operations research, applied mathematics, and computational physics offer to the world of scheduling. Simply a mouse click away.

How do we make money?

The easy answer now is that we don’t. But you and I know that if we are the best at what we do, and partner with lots and lots of people, opportunities will abound to add even more value to their lives and in turn Scheduledrafter. We just don’t feel that charging for fair employee scheduling is the way to do it. Nor do we want to make money by selling emails and phone numbers. We hate robocalls and spam as much as you do. We want every employee to feel free to have a fair and transparent work schedule and a happier workforce. We don’t want anyone to ever be afraid to give us their email or phone number.