LA or NYC

  1. Hi im a nurse with one year of experience and planning on moving to LA or NYC. I got offers on both. and I need to choose. the one in LA is a CVICU internship and the one in NYC is a MICU internship, I love CVICU, but I also love NYC. what do you guys think?
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  3. by   tiarageek
    I've never been to LA, and have lived here my whole life, so I'm kinda biased. But I would say that NYC would be a better place. Both cities have high costs of living, but in NYC we've got pretty great transportation. I can't imagine being in LA, where you have to drive everywhere.

    I guess it depends on what kind of environment you like more (where're you from?).
  4. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Well, I have to put my vote in for NYC as well for many of the same reasons that tiarageek mentioned. Also, I just love NY.
  5. by   dmaster
    I also love NYC, and I can pictue myself being in NYC.. but is the salary competetive? they are offering like 60000+ for a critical care nurse. isnt that a little low??
  6. by   dmaster
    and im from florida by the way.
  7. by   Agenyc
    Quote from dmaster
    I also love NYC, and I can pictue myself being in NYC.. but is the salary competetive? they are offering like 60000+ for a critical care nurse. isnt that a little low??
    I am far from an authority on the topic, (still in NS), but from what I hear 60,000 sounds low.
    From what I understand, new grads here get about 68-72,000 starting salary.... I could be wrong.
  8. by   dmaster
    I know, isnt that low???
    and by the way, they gave me a annual salary. how is that? are they going to divided hourly? how do they pay up there? what if I did overtime??? can anyone please tell me the net income for an RN in NYC, weekly, I am single. Im afraid im going up there but wont be able to keep up with all my expenses. how much does a one bedroom apt cost in DUMBO or manhattan, the one with a nice neighborhood... I need to make a decision. thanks guys..
  9. by   dmaster
    i know they give you the annual salary in NY, but whats the equivalent of that in an hourly rate? can anybody please tell me??
  10. by   tiarageek
    I can't help you with salary and such, I'm just starting prereqs. I can tell you that DUMBO is definitely one of the pricier outer borough neighborhoods.
  11. by   dmaster
    but do you guys think that the starting salary at NYC about 68K is enough for me to afford to live there? what if I did overtime am still be earning like 68K?
  12. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Quote from dmaster
    but do you guys think that the starting salary at NYC about 68K is enough for me to afford to live there? what if I did overtime am still be earning like 68K?
    Are you planning on working days or nights? if you are working nights, you could probably add on $5k. 68K is the base and as you gain more experience, credentials, etc. your salary will go up. Plus if you do work OT, you will get more (how can you still earn 68K if you work OT?).

    If you want to live in Manhattan (which I would die for), you'll probably have to either get a small apartment to start with or maybe you can share an apartment with another nurse where you can get a larger apartment. Otherwise consider living in Queens and commute in until you can afford to live the life you want in Manhattan.

    I'm not sure what rents are like in LA, but I am sure that they are up there too. Even if they are less than Manhattan, please don't forget to add in a car, insurance, maintenance and fuel (all high in CA).

    Kris
  13. by   dmaster
    thanks for the help, but what if im planning to bring my car with me??? are there apt in manhattan that has a parking space? so how are they going to pay us is it also gonna be based hourly? then it sums up with the annual rate? like how much would you earn in 2 weeks if you work nights? can anybody tell me please? i need to make a decision.
  14. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Quote from dmaster
    thanks for the help, but what if im planning to bring my car with me??? are there apt in manhattan that has a parking space? so how are they going to pay us is it also gonna be based hourly? then it sums up with the annual rate? like how much would you earn in 2 weeks if you work nights? can anybody tell me please? i need to make a decision.
    Why would you want to bring your car with you? It would take you more time to drive anywhere than if you would take subway, bus or even walk. Unless you park on the street which requires you to move it frequently for street cleaning, it costs a bundle. Unless you plan to live and work outside of the city...I would not bring your car.

    For salary, check out www.salary.com , there is a paycheck area that will give you an idea of what your take home would be.

    Kris

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