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Overcoming the complex task of developing a physician assistant schedule

Posted on 8/23/2017 by Elizabeth in category: scheduling software articles
Physician assistants (PAs) play an important role in your medical practice. PAs are formally educated to diagnose illnesses and injuries, to examine patients, and to provide treatment under the supervision of doctors and surgeons. PAs tend to work every imaginable schedule due to the varied and intense demands of their job. Some may work normal office hours, whereas, others could work a number of long shifts throughout the week.

PAs need to be physically fit and well-rested as they spend many hours on their feet attending to patients. Stress is another factor to take into account. Many physician assistants are on call. Meaning that they must be ready to come into work at short notice.

How Can Shift Scheduling Software for Physician Assistants Help?

It’s time-consuming and often frustrating to manage PA and physician scheduling alone. It can take several hours or even days to complete by hand, depending on the size of your medical facility. Fortunately, emergency medicine scheduling software helps streamline this process. You can then free up significantly more time to focus on other areas of your job.

Scheduling software helps you create a schedule for your whole team in a matter of minutes, including PAs, doctors, nurses, and more. It factors in shift preferences, shift requests, requested time off and vacation requests with ease. You can use it to set parameters, for example, rotating vacation coverage, setting shifts in certain departments, rotating weekends and rotating PA schedules.

Software is used to create a better work/life balance. Consider how much time you spend each day or week discussing or verifying schedules with PAs, talking about vacation requests and correcting shift scheduling errors. Shift software can automate this process!

Additionally, the software is easy for both you and your PAs to access from anywhere via their mobile devices. It’s available 24/7. What’s more, you don’t need to be sitting in your office fielding calls. The software tool records all staff requests relevant to future scheduling needs.

To conclude, there is a whole host of benefits for medical facilities making the move to shift scheduling software. The software is well worth the investment when you take the time-saving benefits alone into account. Your PAs also gain from increased job satisfaction, fair shift distribution, less stress, and lower turnover rates. You can maintain shift rotations in scheduled days consistently so PAs can fit time for rest and relaxation into their working week. A well-rested PA makes for improved patient care, resulting in a win-win all round for your department.

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