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Licensing, Education, Advocacy and Practice (LEAP) Program


​​​​​​​​LEAP Services

The Licensing, Education, Advocacy and Practice (LEAP) program can offer you assistance with practice, mental health, substance use disorders and other issues.

LEAP provides funding for independent medical and competency assessments and will represent you throughout the complaint resolution process.

LEAP services include:

  • Education and support with the initial complaint response.
  • Representation and advocacy throughout the college investigations, review meetings and other processes.
  • Funding costs associated with attending required meetings and hearings.
  • Referrals to medical assessments, and payment of associated fees and travel costs
  • Covering some costs associated with follow-up monitoring.​
  • Educational expenses for nursing skills assessments or mandated courses.
  • Negotiating complaint resolution agreements.
  • Act as a liaison with employers and other stakeholders to assist with a return to work.


All LPNs, RNs and RPNs who are BCNU members are eligible to apply for LEAP advocacy and expense coverage.​

If you answer 'yes' to any of the following statements, or if you're unsure, please contact the LEAP program as soon as possible:

  • You, your​​ colleague(s) or employer are concerned about your fitness to practice. This may include physical or mental health conditions, such as substance use or mood disorders.
  • Concerns have been raised about your competency to practice.
  • A formal complaint was made against your nursing practice.
  • You're having difficulty obtaining a practicing license.
  • You have failed the CRNE.

LEAP Resources and Contacts

If your circumstances are related to substance use disorders, please complete the 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
4060 Regent Street
Burnaby, BC  V5C 6P5
604-433-2268 or 1-800-663-9991

After applying, a LEAP program officer will contact you, review your file and provide feedback. The LEAP advocacy officer will work and advocate with you throughout the process.​

Updated: 9/21/2018 4:28 PM

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