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December Spotlight on Piseth Knight
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Spotlight on Piseth Knight

Piseth Knight, MSN, FNP-BC is the NMNPC December member highlight. Piseth was born in Cambodia and her family moved to the United States in 1997. Her motivation to become a nurse came from her desire to help people. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Piseth is married and has two children. She reports that she loves to eat, run, hike and listen to music.

When asked what motivated her to move to New Mexico, she cited the fact that New Mexico has full practice authority, and this allowed her to open her clinics without the need for a collaborative agreement with a physician. Piseth owns the Alameda Acute Care Clinic and Family Medicine on Alameda Boulevard with a second location in the International District inside John’s Pharmacy. Piseth's current goal is to make a difference for her patients. She began her second clinic in the International District to specifically help prospective patients in an economically disadvantaged area.

Piseth said, "It’s satisfying to see patients feel better, especially when they can go back to work and not struggle. They’re on their journey, and if they’re struggling, I can help them manage their medications, resources, lifestyle choices and build their support systems." That ability to help others is satisfying for Piseth, "I’m proud of them for addressing their problems face on, and it's nice to be part of their journey."

When asked what advice she would give to other nurse practitioners; she said she would encourage them to open their practice and build their communities. Piseth is passionate about teaching not only her patients but also her community about nurse practitioners. The website and patient portal for her clinics have a space dedicated to explaining the roles and responsibilities of nurse practitioners. Piseth says, "Nurse practitioners are knowledgeable and have the experience to take care of patients, and our care is never any less than seeing a physician. NPs should be the front line of health care in the community. We’re excellent primary care providers and utilize our skills and experiences. We see our patients from a different perspective. We don't just treat the disease. We treat the person and take into consideration their home environment and community. We have to look at it from the patient's standpoint and think about what it would be like to live their lives.”


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