I currently work on on a neuroscience/medical step-down unit. I've worked here for 15 months now, and this is my first nursing job. I don't plan on staying with neuroscience, but I do really like step-down patients. While my long-term plan is to go into nursing leadership, my more short-term goal is to move out of the state of MI and find a job either in ER, ICU, or a progressive care unit.
Is it too soon to start thinking about becoming certified in progressive care? I meet the hours requirement, but I'm not sure if there's a time requirement. Also, is this certification going to help me reach my goals? Can anyone offer me advice on studying and taking the exam?