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An illustrative example:
A small clinic is open weekdays and serves a local community with basic health care. The clinic has trouble staffing part-time nurses and is interested in providing both service to patients and value to the nursing staff. Nurse preferences for shifts (low is desired and high is undesired) are in the matrix shown in the following figure.
Using out real-time optimization scheduling user interface it determines in seconds that for the clinic’s staffing requirements and the total set of nurse’s that preferences the best plan is:
Optimization “Best Plan” Results - 21
Nurse B – Tuesday
Nurse C-- Wednesday & Friday
Nurse E – Monday & Thursday