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Licensing, Education, Advocacy and Practice (LEAP) Program

 


​​​​​​​​LEAP Program

BCNU's Licensing, Education, Advocacy and Practice (LEAP) Program was established to assist and advocate for members with matters related to mental health and substance disorders. The LEAP Program also provides education and supports members with return to work challenges.

The LEAP Program provides funding for independent medical and competency assessments, and will represent you throughout the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) complaint process.

LEAP Program services include:

  • Education and support with the initial complaint response.
  • Representation and advocacy throughout the BCCNP investigations process.
  • 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 medical 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.

Eligibility

All BCNU members are eligible to apply for LEAP Program advocacy and expense coverage.​

If you answer 'yes' to any of the following statements, or if you're unsure, please contact the LEAP Intake Assistant 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 NCLEX-RN, CPNRE or RPNCE.

LEAP Program 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 the LEAP Intake Assistant directly:

leap@​bcnu.org
604-433-2268 or 1-800-663-9991

LEAP Program
BC Nurses' Union
4060 Regent Street
Burnaby, BC  V5C 6P5

Updated: 5/28/2020 6:08 PM

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