Winter Escape

It is now more important than ever to decompress and feel the support of those around you. This page is dedicated to giving nurses a break from the rigors of the job during this time of heightened stress, workload and anxiety.

Please enjoy these videos, quotes and activities. If you have suggestions for items that could be added to this page to improve user experience, please email them to [at]

In 2021 NSNU launched two contests asking members to share pictures and commentary of their favourite pastimes, and ways to escape the more social and emotional side effects of the pandemic. As the pandemic and health care crisis continue to put excess pressure on our members, we continue to strive to find the light in hard times. 

Photo Contest


Stay tuned for another Escape Photo Contest coming in Winter 2023!

Check out the entries from previous contests in the photo galleries below:

Escape 2021 |  Fall 2021 Escape  | Summer 2022 Escape 

Taking Care of You

"The simple act of caring is heroic." - Edward Albert


Keep In Touch

Keep in Touch

It is important during this time that we keep in touch with our loved ones. Here are a few free video chatting services for you to use.

Zoom - Zoom How-To

Facebook Messenger - Messenger How-To

FaceTime (Apple Only) - FaceTime How-To

Stream new releases

Stream new releases

Rather than delay new releases, production companies have teamed up with streaming services to release new movies to the public. Use your existing accounts to rent films on platforms like Apple TV, HBO Go and Disney+.

Check out this list for films you can screen from home.


Read free e-Books

E-book website Scribd offers a 30-day free trial with access to their online library. Their website includes a wide array of books, magazines and audiobooks for all audiences. Visit this website and settle in for a good read.

"Nurses - one of the few blessings of being ill." – Sara Moss-Wolfe


“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed” – Dale Carnegie

lets get cooking

Let’s Get Cookin’


Everday Food

All Recipes


Laura in the Kitchen

Masterclass (Subscription Service)


Virtual Tours

The Louvre – Paris, France

The Vatican – Vatican City, Rome, Italy

State Hermitage Museum – St. Petersburg, Russia

The Guggenheim – New York City

Google Art Project – Street Art

8 stunning virtual garden tours around the world

Explore more sites on Google Arts & Culture

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer


Togetherall helps you take control of your mental health and start to feel better. It is a safe, online community where NSNU members can anonymously connect with others and access a range of tools to better understand what you may be feeling.

This community, monitored by clinical professionals, is here to help you through any difficult feelings you’re experiencing and offers a space to connect with others who can relate to how you’re feeling

Visit Togetherall

canada together


#CanadaTogether is a national initiative to inspire, educate & engage Canadians
as we band together during these times. Whether it’s news, financial assistance, or tips for entertaining kids, you’ve come to the right place!

Visit #CanadaTogether

wellness together

Wellness Together Canada was created in response to an unprecedented rise in mental health and substance use concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with funding from the Government of Canada. As a country, we are facing challenges at a scale we’ve never seen before, from social isolation and financial insecurity to substance use concerns and racial inequality. 

We may be physically apart, but at the end of the day, we’re all in this together. We believe that wellness is a journey, not a destination—and every day, we can each take a step toward our own well-being. Wellness Together Canada is here to support you on that journey.

Visit Wellness Together

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." - Orison Swett Marden

CFNU Canadian Labour Congress