Is getting a Progressive Care certification worth it? If you have one, did it help your career at all? I'm a relatively new nurse on a Step Down unit; I've been an RN for a year, so I'm just now qualified to get certified. My hospital just had a round of layoffs, and then our unit had a huge number of nurses leave due to the layoffs and management craziness, so there's room for new charge nurses, but I'd have to pay for the test myself. Until a few months ago, they paid for it, but now that our budget has been slashed, we have to pay for it ourselves if we take the test. Should I bother?