A multiple objective nurse scheduling model

Jeffrey L. Arthur, A. Ravindran

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The authors present a model for the nurse scheduling problem which works in two phases. In the first phase, the nurses are assigned their day-on/day-off pattern for the two-week scheduling horizon by a goal programming model which allows for consideration of the multiple conflicting objectives inherent in scheduling a nursing staff. The second phase makes specific shift assignments through the use of a heuristic procedure. The two-phase approach results in considerable reductions in problem size, thus reducing the solution effort. Extensions to the basic model are also examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalAIIE Transactions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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