Well, when you have no money, what are your priorities? Food, housing, reliable transportation. Same thing when you suddenly have a higher income bracket. Just translate it into longevity in nursing, and think about what you need to keep this higher paying job for say, 20 years or more.
One, you need to keep your health in order to work. So buy good shoes. Don't skimp on the shoes, NEVER buy shoes only because they are cheap or you'll regret it. Buy uniforms that are going to last a while, and that you like, because you'll give yourself a weensie bit of a boost if you think you look good in your comfy scrubs
. If you need a good stethoscope, get one. Then get it engraved so you keep it. If your car isn't reliable, go buy a car that is. All these things cost money, some of them quite a bit of money, but in the long run they will contribute to your ability to keep earning that money.
Housing is everyone's individual thing... some want to buy a house right away, some wait, etc. I'm not remotely familiar with any of it. Nineteen months in and me and my hubby are 5 months from paying off our 2nd car so we each have good transportation (and back up if one of them breaks, but between a honda and a toyota we should be ok). He's adamant about wanting to have some downpayment saved for a house so it will probably be next spring before we look. We're pretty apprehensive about looking for a house because we just know we'll want good furniture, and I want solar panels and stuff like that.
It's good having extra money! Just realize that if you are new, and have some unexpected, debilitating injury now, you'll have maybe 4-8 weeks of paid time and then you're on your own, with no way to work. So keep that in mind when getting in debt. If you own your things, you mostly get to keep them. If you owe money on your things, well it gets iffy from there.