Tutorial: Nurse Shift Scheduling (ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server)

This tutorial shows how to display 24/7 nurse shifts using DayPilot Scheduler. It displays assignments for 3 shifts per day. Sample ASP.NET application with C# source code and SQL Server database.
Mar 12, 2014
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  • 3 shifts per day (7am - 3pm, 3pm - 11pm, 11pm - 7am)
  • Time headers grouped by day and month
  • Highlighting weekend shifts
  • Displaying nurses on the vertical (Y) axis
  • Displaying the timeline on the horizontal (X) axis
  • SQL Server database

C# sample that creates a custom timeline with shifts:

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  if (!IsPostBack)

private void LoadTimeline(DateTime date)
  DayPilotScheduler1.StartDate = date; // required for later refreshes (will be persisted)
  DayPilotScheduler1.Scale = TimeScale.Manual;

  const int firstShiftStartHour = 7; // first shift starts at 7 am
  const int shiftDurationHours = 8; // one shift takes 8 hours

  DateTime firstDayOfMonth = new DateTime(date.Year, date.Month, 1); // first day of month
  int days = DateTime.DaysInMonth(firstDayOfMonth.Year, firstDayOfMonth.Month);
  DateTime start = firstDayOfMonth.AddHours(firstShiftStartHour); 
  DateTime end = firstDayOfMonth.AddDays(days);

  while (start < end)
      DayPilotScheduler1.Timeline.Add(start, start.AddHours(shiftDurationHours));
      start = start.AddHours(shiftDurationHours);

The source code of the sample application is available for download.