ASA provides capability for both the administrators and the nurses/caregivers to update individual availability schedules. Once a change is made to the availability of an individual, all authorized personnel will see the change immediately. There are three versions of the schedule and availability screens: Availability by itself, work schedule by itself and a combination of both. Hard copies can be made if desired.

Management can set parameters as to when changes by the caregiver can be made. For example, management can set a parameter of 7 days and the only way a caregiver can affect a change in the next 7 days is to contact management and have them make the change, (this is done to avoid surprises for the scheduler). The caregiver can change his/her availability for days beyond 7 unless they are already scheduled for the day that they are trying to change. The number that management can set for this function is from 0 to 21 days out.

Mouse over function displays additional information about the work assignment in the combination work and availability schedule.

Knowing the availability of your caregivers lets you respond immediately to requests rather than having to call a facility back, play phone tag trying to get the assignment filled, or finding out that in the mean time the shift was booked by your competitor.