The begin date for a pattern gives it a starting point in the year. From there, Amion
lays the pattern end-to-end to reach other weeks.
A pattern that puts the same person on Monday through Friday, for example, should
be 7 days long. Begin the pattern on any Monday. Fill the weekday grid cells with
the same color. Saturday and Sunday must have cells in the pattern; otherwise the
pattern will restart on the weekend and link Saturday through Wednesday, then Thursday
through Monday, and so one. Leave the weekend cells white to keep them as one-off
assignments. Or fill both weekend boxes with a different color to have one person,
but not the weekday provider, cover both weekend days.
Once you have a pattern, you must tell the software which row or rows of the schedule
use it. Click on the name of a service off the left side of the schedule. In the Infobox
(the blue letter 'i' on the main toolbar), open the selector with the red crescent
C and choose your pattern. The dropdown might also say "Shift" or "No call" and have
a black shift or smiley icon.
To test, click inside the schedule on a row configured to use a pattern. The grid
in the upper-right of the Pattern box highlights the position to which the day corresponds.
Drop a person into a shift and he or she should end up with several assignments. If
not, go to the Options menu and make sure that Autofill call is checked.
Turn Autofill call off to make individual changes to a week without following
Call and shift patterns work well for simple sequences of shift assignments. For more
complex patterns involving multiple shifts or services, use the
Include an 'unstaffed' day in your pattern.