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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

To apply for the LEAP Program, please complete the LEAP Application and Authorization form. If you have questions about your eligibility for the program, or require a PDF Application form, please contact LEAP directly:

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 representative will contact you to discuss your circumstances. A LEAP advocacy officer will then be assigned to work with and advocate for you throughout the process.​

Updated: 1/17/2020 12:32 PM

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