LEAP stands for the Licensing, Education, Advocacy and Practice program. The LEAP program was established in 1988 to assist members with legal problems related to professional practice incidents that caused a review or inquest by the RNABC, now the College of Registered Nurses (CRNBC).
A LEAP fund established initially by members’ contributions has been maintained through interest earned, regular BCNU budget allocations and negotiated funding to ensure that members have access to the services they need when faced with a CRNBC complaint or concern.
You are eligible to apply for LEAP advocacy and expense coverage if you are a member of BCNU and a health regulated professional; Registered Nurse (RN), student RN, Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). You may also be eligible for LEAP advocacy if you are an associate member of BCNU including; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) or non-unionized RN/RPN.
You may qualify for the LEAP program if you have experienced any or all of the following:
If you are unsure if you qualify please contact the LEAP program as soon as possible.
Once you have applied a LEAP program officer will contact you to review your file and provide feedback as soon as possible. The LEAP Advocacy Officer will be the individual working and advocating with you throughout the process.
These can be very troubling and upsetting situations for our nurses but we can help in many ways. BCNU has been very successful in getting mutual resolutions to complaints laid against nurses, appropriate medical treatments, and/or registration concerns resolved.
If your circumstances are addictions-related, please complete this application form. For all other situations, please use this form to apply. Completed forms should be returned to the LEAP program by fax or email. You may also contact LEAP directly at:
LEAP Program BC Nurses' Union Suite 300 628 6th Avenue New Westminster, BC V3M 6Z1 604-433-2268 (loc. 2190) or 1-800-663-9991 email@example.com
Through the LEAP program, members receive assistance with practice, mental health, addiction, and other issues. The LEAP program provides funding for independent medical and competency assessments and represents members throughout the complaint resolution process.
These services include:
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Early intervention for mental health and addiction illness is really important. It reduces the chance of nursing error or misconduct, including the risk of significant harm to patients and/or a formal disciplinary action. Early intervention is critical to preserving your career and your dignity. The EIHP can help. If you or someone you know is suffering mental health or addiction issues, get in touch.
*Note: BCNU anticipates working with CRPNBC and CLPNBC to provide this program for RPNs and LPNs.
Seeking help early through the Early Intervention Health Program will:
There is no notification on your CRNBC registration unless you are unable to comply with the Early Intervention Health program developed for you. The public benefits, too, by knowing that through early intervention, nurses are only working when they are healthy.
If you voluntarily self-report:
If you voluntarily enter and comply with the program:
There is a lot of fear and misunderstanding about what action the CRNBC will take if you report your illness. You may also worry about the public stigma attached to living with an addiction or mental health issue. The EIHP is a non-punitive, non-judgmental program that helps safeguard your health and your career.
You may be eligible for the Early Intervention Health Program if you:
If you are unsure about your eligibility or have any questions about the program, call the BCNU LEAP department at (604-433-2268 or 1-800-663-9991) or the CRNBC (Jacinta MacKinnon at 604-736-7331).
The BCNU LEAP program will:
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