Nurses are among the most overworked and underpaid professionals on the planet.

By Travel + Leisure
October 28, 2019
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If you’re a worn-out nurse wishing someone would prescribe you an island vacation STAT, well, you’re in luck. CheapCaribbean is sending fifty nurses—and their plus-ones—on free flights to the tropical destination of their choice.

This flu season, instead of responding to code blues and charting until your eyes cross, you could be getting a hearty dose of vitamin D in places like Punta Cana, Bermuda, or Belize. Frequent fliers and happy juice will take on a whole new meaning. (Related: Why a Surprise Trip Might Be the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Mental Health)

Nurses are among the most overworked and underpaid professionals on the planet. In America, newly licensed nurses mainly work 12-hour shifts, and nearly half work voluntary overtime; 62 percent of nurses feel burned out on the regular, and 49 percent have considered leaving the profession in the past two years.

And despite all of their intense effort, 1 of every 8 new nurses reports having a second job. A nurse’s line of work is often physically exhausting, emotionally and mentally draining, and frustratingly thankless—few people are more deserving of a Caribbean getaway. (Related: Why Dominica Should Be Next On Your Travel Bucket List)

Ready to fly away from flu germs and get some much-needed R&R in the form of salt air and sunshine? To enter, eligible nurses must sign up by 11:59PM CST on Nov. 4, 2019, to join CheapCaribbean’s ER&R Club, which offers all-inclusive deals exclusively for nurses. On Nov. 5, ER&R Club members will receive an email to register for free flights, and the first fifty nurses to register can start packing their bags.

The fine print: ER&R Club members will have to select dates for a trip of at least five nights any time from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2020. Some blackout dates apply. Nurses who receive the free flights must book on United Airlines by Nov. 15, 2019.

This story originally appeared on by Skye Sherman.