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).