Currently, we place a blank schedule in the schedule book. Each nurse fills in their requested nights. They are expected to follow certain guidelines-3 weekend nights, on-call shifts etc.. PTO (Vacation) requests as well as requests off (time off that doesn't require use of vaction time) are turned in to the manager. Two weeks before the schedule is due to start, the request sheet is removed and the manager emails a draft schedule. All requests for change are considered and reasonable changes are made. A final copy is released a week before it is due to start. After this time, staff members are expected to ask co-workers if they want to change a shift etc..
PROS: staff can see others requests and will make changes to their own requests to try to balance, consistent process with established guidelines
CONS: time consuming for management, schedule "prima donnas" consistently complain about any changes made to their requests
I like the idea of the scheduling commitee and would like to modify our system abit and place the burden of scheduling on the staff. I think it is probably more difficult for the "prima donnas" to whine, demand and complain to their co-worker than it is to their manager.